The people behind the cameras have been acknowledged this afternoon at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for Craft, and TVNZ camera operators and editors have won all of the awards in the News and Current Affairs category.
The annual Qantas Film and Television Awards are being announced across this weekend with the Craft Lunch today and the Gala tomorrow night.
TVNZ won all four awards in the News and Current Affairs category. They are Best News Camera Operator, Best News Editor, Best Current Affairs Camera Operator and Best Current Affairs Editor.
“The camera operators and editors are the life blood of television and we couldn’t deliver the quality of news and current affairs we do without them,” says TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.
“Jared, Kirsten, Chris & Will set the bench mark for craft excellence – they are consistently world class, and today’s recognition is testament to their outstanding abilities and professionalism.
”They are members of a truly talented team of camera operators and editors which everyone at TVNZ is very proud of.”
BEST NEWS CAMERA OPERATOR – JARED MASON, TVNZ NEWS
Jared won this award for the pictures he beamed back to NZ from the intensity of the McCain camp on the day of the US Presidential Elections. Not only did Jared shoot the pictures he also edited them.
BEST NEWS EDITING – KIRSTEN BOLAM, TVNZ NEWS
Kirsten won this award for her unique ability to be able to tell a story with pictures and sound. She integrated two seemingly opposite concepts of concert violin playing and physical training to show an Ironwoman’s breadth of talent.
BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA – CHRIS BROWN, 20/20
Chris won this award for following a kiwi in the Amazing Race through Death Valley for 38 hours showing the contrast between extreme endurance and raw beauty.
BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITING – WILL KONG, SUNDAY
Will won this award for his ability to be able to edit a story with empathy and impact. Will worked with Reporter, Janet McIntyre to bring Sunday viewers the tragic story of Wanganui father Alan Hampton whose son, Geoffrey died in his arms while waiting for rescue after a boating mishap. It was Geoffrey’s 19th birthday.