The Australian Cinematographers Society last month accredited four cinematographers to receive its prestigious ACS designation.

The successful cinematographers were: Aron Leong (QLD), Dan Freene (NSW), Robert Hill (SA) and John Bean (QLD), who was awarded posthumously.

They join 332 other cinematographers accredited by the ACS since 1963 and are now able to use the ACS designation after their names.

Ten applications were made by cinematographers who wished to be accredited this year, the society said, but 80 per cent of the judging panel had to vote in favour of an applicant to qualify for the ACS designation.

The judging panel, chaired by Ron Johanson ACS, was comprised of: David Burr ACS, Richard Malins ACS, Peter James ACS ASC, Tim McGahan ACS, Alan Cole ACS, Ted Rayment ACS, David Wakeley ACS, Pieter de Vries ACS, Peter Curtis ACS, Kim Batterham ACS and Ernie Clark ACS.

The screenings for assessment were held last month at the ACS’ new national headquarters in North Sydney where the cinematographers' work was screened using a Sony HD SXRD digital projector.

John Wheeler ACS (Victoria) and Mylene Ludgate (South Australia) were also granted life membership ofthe ACS in recognition of their industry contribution and work for the ACS.

Meanwhile, Ron Johanson ACS was re-elected as the national president of the Australian Cinematographers Society at its recent annual general meeting.

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