Richard Matthews has walked away with another coveted Emmy at the 32nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards (September 26, 2011). The ceremony was attended by more than 900 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists, held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center in New York. The Emmy® Awards were presented in 42 categories, such as Outstanding Nature Programming, Best Documentary, and Best Historical Programming.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Larry King. Richard Matthews, Director of Wild Images, was nominated in the Cinematography category as a part of National Geographic’s series Great Migrations. It was an outstanding night for this
landmark series as it won Emmys for Best Cinematography and Best Music and Sound. Richard and Wild Images also contributed to shooting aerials in more of the difficult and remote locations in the series such as Mali.
Cinematographer, Richard Matthews commented on the achievement. “It’s a great honour, and brilliant news. But I was only one of a number of cameramen on the series. Well done to all my fellow cameramen – but also to all the production team and the series producer David Hamlin who made the images look a million dollars in the final programmes. The shoot was particularly memorable because I had a very close encounter with an elephant seal in the Falkland Islands which nearly took my arm off but instead vented its anger on my camera. So – a broken camera, a great yarn and an award – I’d do it all again like a shot!”
This is Matthews’ fifth EMMY win. For more of the winners, and highlights of the night go to EmmyOnline.tv.