The camera team behind the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest have been nominated for a prestigious GTC Award. The annual ceremony, organised by the Guild of Television Cameramen, recognises outstanding contributions to the art and craft of camera operators. Nominations are made by GTC members. The camera team, along with directors Robin Hofwander and Daniel Jelinek, were nominated for setting a new benchmark in multi-camera broadcasting with their production of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.
"We are very pleased to be nominated for this award and to be nominated by colleagues from around the world", said Per-Olof Lantto, camera operator for Swedish broadcaster SVT. "There was tremendous teamwork between the camera directors and camera operators", he added.
The production of the Eurovision Song Contest is unique in that it uses a computer-controlled vision mixing system that allows for a far higher shot count than a conventionally scripted and music show. This system led to more shots than usual, putting additional pressure on the camera operators in Stockholm. According to the GTC nomination, "their work is unmatched in skill and consistency".
The ceremony will take place in London in May 2017.
SVT also won the award in 2013 for its production of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. The broadcaster recently won a prestigious Kristallen Award for its production of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in the category of best entertainment show. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has also been nominated for a Rose d'Or award in the entertainment category. The annual ceremony honours the best in international radio, television and online entertainment, the 55th edition will take place in Berlin on 13th September.