Winner Ben Richardson


CINEMATOGRAPHER: Beasts of the Southern Wild


In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.



BEN RICHARDSON is an award-winning cinematographer, currently based in New York City. He won Best Animation at Slamdance 2010 for Seed, which he co-directed and shot. He was also director of photography on The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, a Sundance 2011 official selection. Originally from the UK, Richardson lived for five years in Prague, where he met director Benh Zeitlin, with whom he subsequently worked as cinematographer on the multi-award-winning Glory at Sea.