There are five categories of membership detailed on these pages.






 All invitations are at the discretion of the Board of Governors.




1.   Criteria

The current criteria for Full Membership is as follows:

1.1 The applicant must be nominated and seconded for membership by an existing fully accredited member of five years good standing.  Alternatively, the nomination can be seconded by a Patron member of the Society of five years good standing.    (Proposers see item 3 for proposal guidance)

1.2. The applicant must be British born or have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for a period of not less than three years prior to the Proposal.

1.3. The applicant must be currently employed as a cinematographer and not retired.

1.4. The applicant must have completed at least three well photographed feature films which have been shown publicly in the cinema OR five different transmitted television drama productions*.  A combination of the above is also acceptable.  In all cases the applicant must carry sole credit for the work submitted.
*A qualifying television production is: a feature length drama, or a longer drama production such as one screened over several parts but retaining a single theme, storyline and principal characters. Multiple episodes of the same series count as one production of the required five.

1.5. The applicant must carry a sole credit.

1.6. Upon acceptance of the nomination by the Board of Governors, the applicant will be required to submit 2 x 10 minute sections, of two different qualifying productions, using the vimeo website. See submission specification section 2 below.

1.7. In order to qualify for full membership the work must demonstrate creativity and an appreciation of the art of cinema and more than just professional competence. Particular attention will be paid to lighting for differing conditions, both interior and exterior, studio, location and visual effects and to how composition and camera movement have been used to enhance the story and mood of the piece.

1.8. The submission material will be viewed by the governing body of the society and a subsequent discussion will take place following which the applicant will be informed as to whether his application has been successful. In some instances further material for screening may be requested.

1.9. Successful applicants will be awarded a certificate which must be collected in person from an officer of the Society at one of the Society’s nominated functions. Only after collection of said certificate will the applicant be entitled to use the letters “BSC” after his or her name. On screen credits, the initials BSC must be written in capital letters with no stops between them i.e. BSC. There should also be no comma between your name and the accreditation e.g. First Name Last Name BSC.

1.10. This membership has full voting rights and currently carries a joining fee of £1200, plus an annual subscription of £365 p.a. payable by direct debit.

1.11. It is the gift of the board to occasionally admit to full membership outstanding cinematographers who’s primary body of work is not necessarily main unit cinematography.


2.    Full Membership Submission Specification

2.1. Applicants must initially submit 2 x ten minute selections of two different qualifying productions via upload to Vimeo at You will need to create an account but it is free to do so.

2.2. Each ten minute selection can be a continuous excerpt from the qualifying production, or a series of excerpts, each no shorter than one minute in duration – a “showreel” of favourite shots will not be acceptable. Complete scenes do not need to be shown, but excerpts must not be edited to alter the original sequence of shots or scene order.

2.3. The excerpt(s) must carry the original sound track only.

2.4. The uploaded entry must carry a front title card of 5 seconds duration with the name of the production and full name of the cinematographer. This is not counted in the 10-minute limit. It is worth giving the same information to the name of the uploaded file if possible.

2.5. The applicant may, if they wish, attach an accompanying document, with a short statement about the style and intention of the lighting and framing of the submitted material.

2.6. The video should be uploaded to Vimeo as an H264 Quicktime file, 25 fps constant frame rate, 1080pHD (1920x1080px) at a bit rate of no less than 15,000 mbps. Audio should be AAC at 320 kbit/s. See for more info. 

2.7. Following screening of the entries, applicants may be requested to submit a DVD, Blu Ray or Hard Drive (see above) of two complete qualifying productions.


3.         PROPOSERS – Criteria and Guidance on Proposing Candidates for Full Membership

3.1       The PROPOSER  must be a Full Accredited Member of the Society of 5 years good standing. 

3.2       It is the Proposers responsibility to obtain a SECONDER for the application. The seconder can be a Full

            Accredited Member of the Society or a Patron Member of 5 yrs good standing.

3.3       Prior to submission The PROPOSER  must also


  • Ensure that he and his seconder are confident that the work of the Candidate is eligible in accordance with the Society’s criteria (see section 1) and of sufficiently high standard.
  • Be happy to testify to the candidate’s good character
  • Ensure that the candidate is aware of the aims and objectives of the Society and his or her responsibilities as a member (click here for list of these), particularly the financial involvement which currently is as follows: Full Membership £1200 Entrance Fee + £365 subscription p.a. by direct debit.
  • Pre screen the Candidate’s vimeo submission to ensure it follows the spec outlined in section 2 above and is of sufficiently high standard cinematography to warrant submission.
  • Help guide the applicant through the submission process


3.4       Proposal Form

If you would like to put forward a candidate for Full Membership, please download the Proposal Form to your computer and complete it and remit it with links to the vimeo material to Audra Marshall at Please note Full Membership applications are reviewed twice a year in June and October.


3.5       Post Submission

Should the Candidate be accepted to membership, for an initial period, the Proposer would be responsible for encouraging them to take an active part in Society Events; accompanying them whenever possible and introducing them to their fellow members.

Should the Candidate be unsuccessful, the Proposer would be responsible for passing back constructive comment from the screening panel and explaining to the candidate that they could not reapply until they had undertaken sufficient new work.


To print out a copy of the Full Membership Criteria above please click here



Associate membership is available to camera operators and specialist cinematographers who have undertaken outstanding work in feature production which does not fit into the full membership criteria. The applicant must be ordinarily resident in the British Isles and be nominated for membership by an existing member and agreed at a Board meeting of the society. Associate members are entitled to use the wording ‘Associate BSC’ or ‘Assoc. BSC’ after their names on correspondence and CV’s but not on screen credits. Only these wordings can be used and no further derivation is permitted. An Associate will be entitled to nominate and vote for the Society’s Award but will hold no other voting rights. An Associate will not be entitled to become an Officer of the Society. However, on occasion, an Associate can, if selected, attend Board of Governor meetings at the discretion of the board. This membership currently carries a subscription of £182 p.a. payable by direct debit and a joing fee of £200.

Criteria for Proposing Candidates for Associate Membership of the Society

The Proposer must be a Member of the Society in good standing. On putting forward a candidate the Proposer must ensure the Candidate is eligible in accordance with the Society’s Associate Membership criteria above. The Proposer must also ensure that the Candidate is aware of the aims and objectives of the Society and his or her responsibilities as a member, particularly the financial involvement which currently is as follows: £182 p.a. payable by direct debit and the joining fee of £200.

Guidance for Members Proposing Candidates for Associate Membership

On submitting a Candidate the Proposer should complete an Associate Membership Proposal Form and include a complete list of credits including awards, along with any other information they deem relevant. These should be sent to Audra Marshall at

Should the Candidate be accepted to membership, for an initial period, the Proposer would be responsible for encouraging them to take an active part in Society Events; accompanying them whenever possible and introducing them to their fellow members.

If you would like to put forward a candidate for Associate Membership, please complete the Associate BSC Proposal Form and remit it to



Honorary Membership is awarded by the Board of Governors to existing Full and Associate Members who have reached the age of 70 and/or have retired. Their rights of membership would not change. This membership is given free.


This membership is open to companies directly associated with cinematographers and the camera department. Companies may apply for Patron membership and if considered eligible by the Board an invitation will be sent. Patron Companies shall nominate a named representative to attend Society’s activities but would have no voting or electoral rights.

Companies should have a minimum of 5 years trading in the industry and need to provide the names of 3 cinematographers they have worked with. 

Please read the fact sheet detailing the advantages of patron membership. If you would like to apply then please e mail    The current subscription for Patron Membership is £1750 per annum. Smaller companies with max. 5 employees £900 per annum.


This category of membership is only for those whose work once involved close ties with the Society and have since retired, or who have offered or continue to offer help to the society outside of their normal operation or, in general, support the work of the cinematographer though not part of the industry. However, the membership is not open to existing service company heads or managers, cinematographers or crew members. Friends membership is given solely at the discretion of the Board of Governors and currently involves an annual fee of £105.00 payable by direct debit or if you wish to subscribe to receive a copy of the BC Magazine then the annual fee is £130.

Friends are invited to Society’s events but have no voting rights nor can they use the initials ‘BSC’ after their name. There are a few Honorary Friends within this category who have been rewarded for long service to the Society.