The Operators Award 2024

TV Drama Award

For outstanding work by a camera operator in a Television Drama production

This prestigious annual award is brought to you jointly by the G.B.C.T, the A.C.O and the B.S.C.

The award recognises the craft, technical and artistic abilities that a dedicated Camera Operator must display to meet or surpass the demands of the Director and Director of Photography. The award now also recognises the work of Camera Operators who work in teams on multi-camera productions.

Voting Procedures:


All submissions will be available for viewing on this website and will make up the 'Long List.'

Voting opens to the membership from 12 noon on 1st Jan 2024 to 20th Jan 2024  

Eligible members of the 3 societies nominate five productions from the ‘Long List’.

The five highest ranked TV dramas from this list will become the final five nominees.

Eligible voting members:

ACO – All members and patrons

BSC – Full, Associate and Honorary

GBCT – All members and patrons

Jury Voting:

In late January, a panel of distinguished figures from our industry will be called on to decide the winner from the list of nominations.

Final Note:

1) Eligible voters with multiple memberships may vote only once.

2)Voting procedures will be overseen by an independent organisation.

3)This award will be presented at the BSC Awards Night on February 3rd 2024. All final nominees will be invited to attend. 

4)There is no entrance fee.

All Nominees will be invited to attend the BSC Awards Night on February 3rd 2024 where The Operators Award will be presented. 


Nominations can be for a single drama or an episode of a regular drama series.

This award is open to all Television Drama production that has had its first transmission on British Television, including terrestrial, cable, satellite, qualifying Internet channels between 1st January 2023 and 31st December 2023.

The nomination can be for an individual working as the 'A' Camera Operator (Special consideration will be given to Camera Operators who have been given a ‘B ’camera, or Steadicam Operator credit, who can display verifiable evidence that they performed the majority of the operating duties) or as part of a team, (note: all team members on the specified production, must have verifiable Camera Operator credits and have worked for the production, for the majority of the schedule).

No credited Directors of Photography who also operate a camera (on the submitted production) can be considered for application. This award is to recognise and celebrate the unique set of skills that a dedicated camera operator brings to a production..

If a Camera Operator working on Main Unit joins 2nd unit as DOP/Operator, they would not qualify as part of the ‘Camera Operators Team’, unless this is for a short period and he/she are not credited as DOP.

Camera Operators worldwide are eligible to enter provided the TV -Drama- Award’s criteria and rules are met.

The applicants can only submit 1 production a year for entry.