Jago A Life Underwater won the Panasonic Cinematography (small crew) Panda Award at the Wildscreen Awards Ceremony at Colston Hall, Bristol on Thursday 13th October.
Jago started the night with five nominations, in music, editing, sound design, people and nature as well as the cinematography category. Sadly it was pipped in the other categories, but the film's unique and compelling visuals, was commended with the award.
This is Mark's first major award, and it follows Jago winning the Grand Teton Award (best in show) at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in 2015.
Mark was present at the ceremony at Colston Hall and collected the award with fellow Jago cameraman James Morgan, who shot all of the topside material in the film. Benjamin Sadd, whose aerial shots feature, sadly was not able to make it, but he was there in spirit and equally deserving of the award!
Earlier in the week at the Wildscreen Festival, Jago featured in a session at the Watershed where Mark was joined on stage by producer/director James Reed and composer William Goodchild. The panel was hosted by Smithsonian Channel's David Royle and the team played clips and discussed how the film was made, a story in its own right!
The jury made the following comments following the win:
"This film stands out for the stunning imagery and variety of shooting styles, all brilliantly realised."