There are five categories of membership detailed on these pages.






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





BSC Full Membership Criteria


1.1. The candidate must be proposed and seconded for membership by full society members of five years good standing. 

The proposer must be personally acquainted with the candidate.

1.2. A patron member of at least five years good standing may suggest a suitable person via the office, so long as a proposer can be found.

1.3. The candidate must be British born or a British citizen and/or have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for a period of not less than three years prior to the proposal.

1.4. The candidate must be working as a cinematographer and not retired.

1.5 The candidate must have completed a substantial body of work which exhibits a very high standard of Cinematography over a period of at least 5 years, demonstrating 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 to how composition and camera movement have been used to enhance the story and mood of the piece.

1.6. In all cases the candidate must carry the main credit for the work submitted.

1.7. The candidate is asked to include a CV which lists directors they’ve worked with, and may include a biography detailing their journey to becoming cinematographers, people they’ve worked with, paths taken etc.

1.8. After pre-selection by the full board of governors and approval by the full membership, the submission material will be viewed at a meeting with at least five full members of the society present. Following this the candidate will be informed as to whether their application has been successful.

1.9.  If an application is unsuccessful then the candidate will need to wait to re-apply until they are able to present new examples of their work, that their proposer feels has a reasonable chance of success.

2.    Full Membership Submission Specification

2.1. Candidates must submit 3 x 10 minute selections - primarily drawn from their work in Features, TV Dramas and Documentary - via upload to Vimeo at*. Limited selection of material from other genres may be submitted if it supports the application and is considered appropriate”. 

*You will need to create an account if you don’t already have one, but it is free to do so.

2.2. Each 10-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 excerpts 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 video should be uploaded to Vimeo in HD or 2K resolution in the highest quality possible. for more info. It is important that ’download’ is allowed as this allows the us to view the material without Vimeo compression.

2.7. The selection panel will meet once a year, aiming to have results in good time for announcement prior to a BSC event.

Applications must be submitted by the end of January for consideration in the first quarter of that year. 

2.8. New members will receive their certificates at a BSC event.


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 in the first quarter of that year. 

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 joining 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



Full or Associate members who have reached the age of 70 and/or have retired, are entitled to Honorary Membership and would no longer be obliged to pay an annual subscription, providing they have been a paying member of the Society for a period of ten years previously.  Any member who qualifies (and who wishes to change their membership status) should inform the Secretary.  Full and Associate Members becoming Honorary Members would retain the same voting rights.


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.