National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography

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National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography
National award for contributions to Short films
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1990
Last awarded
  •  2017 (Cameraman)
  •  2013 (Laboratory Processing)
Most recent winner
Highlights
Total awarded
  •  35 (Cameraman)
  •  22 (Laboratory Processing)
First winner

The National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

Contents

The award was instituted in 1990, at 38th National Film Awards and awarded annually for short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

Indicates a joint award for that year
List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s), language(s) and citation
YearCameraman(s)Laboratory ProcessingFilm(s)Language(s)CitationRefs.
1990
(38th)
Santosh Sivan Prasad Film Laboratories MohiniyattamEnglish
For evocative, lyrical beauty with which the camera has painted the dancer and her milieu.
[1]
Victor Banerjee Prasad Film LaboratoriesWhere No Journeys EndEnglish
For the dramatic manner in which the Indian landscape unfolds, seducing the viewer with timeless beauty of India.
1991
(39th)
Shekar DattariPrasad Film LaboratoriesSilent Valley: An Indian Rain forestEnglish
For the arduous and patient coverage of the flora and fauna of the Silent Valley in Kerala over a period of one-and-a-half years and for giving an intimate portrait of the environment, recorded under difficult conditions.
[2]
1992
(40th)
Soumendu Roy Adlabs Sucitra Mitra Bengali
For capturing on celluloid the many moods of the Bengal landscape and picturisation of the famous singer Suchitra Mitra.
[3]
1993
(41st)
Piyush Shah MokshaBengali
For documenting a tragic reality with all its moods and emotions.
[4]
1994
(42nd)
Anoop JotwaniVijay Color LabRasayatra Hindi
 English
For his fastidious interpretation through lighting, and the fluidity of his camera operation.
[5]
1995
(43rd)
Rafey MehmoodAdlabsTaranaHindi
For the beautiful images achieved through fascinating camera movements, excellent lighting, composition in tandem with music.
[6]
1996
(44th)
Hari Nair Prasad Film LaboratoriesSham's VisionEnglish
For his brilliant use of light and shade, to bring to life even inanimate objects in the film.
[7]
1997
(45th)
Ashok Dasgupta The TrailEnglish
This experimental film deals with the decolonisation of the mind through its strong and artistic visual images.
[8]
1998
(46th)
Ranjan PalitPrasad Film LaboratoriesIn The Forest Hangs a BridgeEnglish
For his perception of images to define a style that illustrates the harmony in the film.
[9]
1999
(47th)
Mankada Ravi Varma Prasad Film LaboratoriesKalamandalam Gopi Malayalam
For the imaginative and excellent visual quality rendered with consistency.
[10]
2000
(48th)
Prasann JainAdlabsRasikpriya Hindi
 English
For capturing images that speak in tones of light and shade, thereby giving life to the lyrical form of the film.
[11]
2001
(49th)
Nilotpal SarkarPrasad Film LaboratoryJorasanko ThakurbariEnglish
For imaginatively capturing images in light and shade, through smooth movements to bring life to the historical house of the Tagores'.
[12]
Irom MaikpakPrasad Kalinga LabThe Monpas of Arunachal PradeshEnglish
For his fascinating style of framing under uncontrolled situations.
2002
(50th)
No Award [13]
2003
(51st)
Ranjan PalitPrasad Film LaboratoryKaya Poochhe Maya SeHindi
For a cinematic observation of myriad shades of humanity and breathtaking chiaroscuro of light and shade.
[14]
K. G. JayanPrasad Film LaboratoryThe 18 Elephants: 3 MonologuesMalayalam
For sound design which evokes a vision of a world far, far away from the madding crowd, which oscillates between the silences and nature's pristine sounds.
2004
(52nd)
Manoj Raymond LoboAdlabsGirni Marathi
For a short film which is highly enriched through excellent visual choreography.
[15]
2005
(53rd)
Paramvir SinghAdlabsParsiwada, Tarapore Present Day English
  Gujarati
For its visually poetic depiction of the decadent Parsi community, with imaginative use of great lighting and compositions.
[16]
2006
(54th)
Rajendra Janglay Raga of River Narmada 
For stretching the technical possibilities of videography and capturing the varying moods of river Narmada.
[17]
Sanjay V.
2007
(55th)
Savita Singh KramashaHindi
For her arresting use of lenses and lighting in the creation of a strange and magical world, full of a certain atmospheric dampness and mistiness, further enhanced by a consistent exhibition of striking cinematic compositions.
[18]
2008
(56th)
Shariqva Badar KhanFilmlabThree of Us 
For providing with amazing discipline and sensitivity, an intimate insight into the lives of a small family, living in a confined space, with exquisite use of composition, rhythm, lensing and lighting.
[19]
Jaya Krishna Gummadi AdlabsWhen This Man Dies Hindi
 English
For using highly sophisticated texture and tonal work, with deep anticipation into the flow and narrative of the film, the cinematography strives to redefine ways of image making and experience.
2009
(57th)
Deepu S. UnniAdlabsGaarud Hindi
 Marathi
For brilliant craftsmanship, intelligent lensing in aesthetically recreating the ambience and the diverse pulsating life in a semi-urban lodge.
[20]
2010
(58th)
Murali G.FilmlabShyam Raat Seher Hindi
 English
For imaginative yet minimal, a balanced and evocative cinematography creates a character out of a city night atmosphere, setting the space and mood for the living characters in their journey beyond the real, nearing mythical.
[21]
2011
(59th)
S. Nallamuthu Tiger DynastyEnglish
For photographing with stunning images tigers and other wildlife animals in their natural habitat and giving us visuals which are both unique and poetic.
[22]
2012
(60th)
Abhimanyu Dange Reliance MediaWorks KaatalMarathi
For meticulous and confident image making that immensely augment the story telling.
[23]
Raja Shabir Khan Shepherds of Paradise Gojri
 Urdu
For simple, stark and sometimes breathtaking cinematography under the most difficult weather conditions, where some images linger on long after the film is over.
2013
(61st)
Kavin JagtianiReliance MediaWorksMandrake !Mandrake !Hindi
For exhibiting a wide spectrum of hues, both colour and black and white, while picturising the action in a dark warehouse full of unlikely light sources as also for the simulation of a silent era film with amusing trick photography.
[24]
2014
(62nd)
Indraneel Lahiri Aamaar Katha: Story of BinodiniBengali
For its stunning and sensual visual imagery that brings the story of Binodini alive.
[25]
2015
(63rd)
Amartya Bhattacharyya  Benaras: The Unexplored AttachmentsBengali
Poetry of visuals leaving a lasting imprint.
[26]
2016
(64th)
Alpesh Nagar KalpvrikshaHindi
The mysterious beauty of the narrative comes alive through artful camerawork.
[27]
Vishal SangwaiAdnyatEnglish
The camera paints a rich and colourful canvas for a narrative that is both grim and tragic.
2017
(65th)
Appu Prabhakar  Eye Test
An exploration in tonalities and contrast, woven with memories and vision.
[28]
Arnold FernandesDawn
Potent imagery bordering on darkness and hope.
2018
(66th)
Ajay Bedi The Secret Life Of Frogs 
For its consistent, relentless and splendid work in formidable circumstances, of visually capturing the life cycle and habitat of an endangered amphibian.

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