Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
Awarded forOutstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held byFree Solo (2019)
Websiteemmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program is awarded to one television documentary or nonfiction series each year.

In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place:

Winners and nominations[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Program Episode Nominees Network
1998
[1]
America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Goodbye Nick Caloyianis, Richard Chisolm, Jerry Cotts, Jon Else, Paul Goldsmith and Buddy Squires NBC
Wolves at Our Door Jim Dutcher Discovery
4 Little Girls Ellen Kuras HBO
1999
[2]
The Farm: Angola, USA Samuel Henriques and Bob Perrin A&E
Avalanche: The White Death Richard Chisolm, Skip Gray, Cory Taylor and Erich Volkstorf NBC

2000s[edit]

Year Program Episode Nominees Network
2000
[3]
Raising the Mammoth Robert Pauly and Didier Portal Discovery
American Experience "New York: A Documentary Film" Allen Moore and Budyd Squires PBS
Children in War Alan Raymond HBO
2001
[4]
Land of the Mammoth John Davey, Didier Portal and Noel Smart Discovery
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks Henry Adebonojo, Greg Andracke, Hiro Narita and Brian Sewell HBO
Jazz "A Masterpiece by Midnight" Ken Burns and Buddy Squires PBS
Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen Sandra Chandler HBO
Survivor "A Honeymoon or Not" Len Beard, Tom Cowan, Richard Dallett, Leighton De Barros, Michael Dillon, Scott Duncan, Randall Einhorn, Raj Gibson, Tom Gleeson, Jim Harrington, Mark Hryma, Mark align=center| "Ninja" Lynch, Brian Marleau, Ryan Mooney, Paul Moss, Michael Murray, Peter Pescell, Peter Pilafian, Matthew Sohn, John Tattersall, Martin Unversaw and Fed Wetherbee CBS
2002
[5]
The Blue Planet "Seas of Life: Ocean World" Doug Allan, Simon Carroll, Bob Cranston, Mike deGruy, Yuri Farrant, Tom Fitz, Mark Wolf, Simon King, Charles Maxwell, Ian McCarthy, Didier Noirot, Michael Pitts, Rick Rosenthal, Peter Scoones and Paul Stewart Discovery
American Experience "Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film" Michael Chin, Jon Else and Buddy Squires PBS
The Human Face with John Cleese Rajesh Bedi, Bill Broomfield, Patrick Duval, John Halliday, Chris Hartley, John Hooper, John Johnson, Richard Numeroff, Allan Palmer, Jeremy Pollard and Nancy Schiesari TLC
In Memorian: New York City, 9/11/01 Greg Andracke, Jeb Bergh, Edward Marritz and Bob Richman HBO
9/11 James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet and Jules Naudet CBS
2003
[6]
Nova "Mountain of Ice" John Armstrong PBS
American Experience "Daughter from Danang" Vicente Franco PBS
Expedition: Bismarck Vince Pace, Christopher Titus King, Neve Cunningham and D.J. Roller Discovery
Journeys with George Alexandra Pelosi HBO
Survivor "The Importance of Being Earnest" Mark 'Ninja' Lynch, Mark Hryma, Len Beard, Derek Carver, Paulo Castillo, Tony Croll, Richard Dallett, Michael Dean, Leighton De Barros, Randall Einhorn, Russell Fill, Kevin Garrison, Jim Harrington, Michael Murray, Alan Pierce, Matt Sohn, Jeffery Taylor, John Tattersall, Martin Unversaw and Jeff Watt CBS
2004
[7]
The Blues "The Soul of a Man" Lisa Rinzler PBS
The Amazing Race "I Could Never Have Been Prepared for What I'm Looking at Right Now" Peter Wery, John Armstrong, Tom Cunningham, Chip Goebert, Per Larsson, Loy Norrix, Dave Ross, Uri Sharon, Scott Shelley, Brett Smith, Jeff Taylor and Scott Walker CBS
The Apprentice "Wheeling & Dealing" Matt Sohn, Mark Hryma, Erica Shusha, Michael Dean, German Abarca Jr., Russell Fill, Jim Harrington, Peter Wery, Jeff Watt, Mande Whitaker, Joshua Mayes, Jorge Alves Jr., Vince Monteleone, Mark 'Ninja' Lynch, David Charles Sullivan, Tony Croll, Rodney Chauvin, Kary D'Alessandro, Tom Magill and David Park NBC
Jockey Kate Davis HBO
Survivor "Beg, Barter and Steal" Mark 'Ninja' Lynch, Michael Murray, Mark Hryma, Derek Lovie, David Parkinson, Michael Applebaum, Jim Harrington, Alan Pierce, Peter Pilafian, George Waterman, Michael Yelseth, Derek Carver, Vince Monteleone, Jeff Watt, Peter Wery, Kevin Garrison, Bennie Cronje, John Tattersall, Russell Fill, Paul Moss, David Chapiro, Paulo Castillo and Justin Evans CBS
2005
[8]
Death in Gaza James Miller (posthumously) HBO
The Amazing Race "We're Moving Up the Food Chain" Per Larsson, John Armstrong, Sylvestre Campe, Tom Cunningham, Chip Goebert, Lucas Mertes, Dave Ross, Uri Sharon, Scott Shelley, Mark Walker and Scott Walker CBS
The Contender "The Final Four" Michael Murray, Michael Koepke, Scott Acosta, John Armstrong, Paulo Castillo, Rodney Chauvin, Scott Duncan, Russell Fill, Kevin Garrison, Rob Landry, Vince Monteleone, Martin Palafox, Alan Pierce, Jeremy Schneider, Therese Sherman, Raphael Smadja, Chris S. Smith, John Tattersall, Matt Valentine, Jeff Watt, Tyne M. Whitmore and Mande Whitaker NBC
Living with Wolves Jim Dutcher Discovery
Survivor "This Has Never Happened Before" Mark Hryma, Michael Murray, Mark 'Ninja' Lynch, Lance Milbrand, David Parkinson, Justine Evans, Michael Yelseth, Jeffery Taylor, Kent Harvey, Michael Applebaum, Derek Carver, Lee Doig, Jeff Watt, Peter Wery, Matthias Hoffmann, David Chapiro, Bennie Cronje, Leighton De Barros, Russell Fill, Kevin Garrison, Paul Moss, John Tattersall and Paulo Castillo CBS
2006
[9]
Baghdad ER Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill HBO
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise Maryse Alberti, Sandra Chandler and Beth Wichterich HBO
Children of Beslan Dirk Nel
I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me Buddy Squires
Rome: Engineering an Empire Jeremiah Crowell History
2007
[10]
Planet Earth "Pole to Pole" Doug Allan, Martyn Colbeck, Paul Stewart, Simon King, Michael Kelem and Wade Fairley Discovery
Deadliest Catch "The Unforgiving Sea" Doug Stanley, Zac McFarlane, Don Bland, Cameron Glendenning, Todd Stanley and Eric Lange Discovery
Meerkat Manor "Family Affair" John Brown and Robin Smith Animal Planet
This American Life "God's Close-Up" Adam Beckman Showtime
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Cliff Charles HBO
2008
[11]
Deadliest Catch "No Mercy" Cinematography Team Discovery
Autism: The Musical Tricia Regan HBO
Ice Road Truckers "Ready to Roll" Cinematography Team History
Meerkat Manor "Journey's End" Ted Giffords, John Waters and Ralph Bower Animal Planet
This American Life "Escape" Adam Beckman Showtime
2009
[12]
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Laos" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni Travel
Deadliest Catch "Stay Focused or Die" Cinematography Team Discovery
Expedition Africa "Lost in Africa" Cinematography Team History
This American Life "John Smith" Adam Beckman Showtime
Whale Wars "Nothing's Ideal" Cinematography Team Animal Planet

2010s[edit]

Year Program Episode Nominees Network
2010
[13]
Life "Challenges of Life" Cinematography Team Discovery
America: The Story of Us "Division" Dirk Nel History
Deadliest Catch "No Second Chances" Cinematography Team Discovery
The National Parks: America's Best Idea "The Scripture of Nature" Buddy Squires PBS
Whale Wars "The Stuff of Nightmares" Cinematography Team Animal Planet
2011
[14]
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Haiti" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni Travel
American Masters "Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter" Nicola Marsh and Arlene Nelson PBS
Gasland Josh Fox HBO
Gettysburg Michael Snyman History
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise Cliff Charles HBO
Whale Wars "To the Ends of the Earth" Cinematography Team Animal Planet
2012
[15]
Frozen Planet "Ends of the Earth" Cinematography Team Discovery
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Mozambique" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni Travel
George Harrison: Living in the Material World Cinematography Team HBO
Prohibition "A Nation of Drunkards" Buddy Squires PBS
Whale Wars "Race to Save Lives" Cinematography Team Animal Planet
2013
[16]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Myanmar" Todd Liebler, Zach Zamboni and Morgan Fallon CNN
Ethel Buddy Squires HBO
Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden Frank-Peter Lehmann and Erich Roland
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Lisa Rinzler
The Men Who Built America "A New War Begins" Richard Lopez History
2014
[17]
The Square Jehane Noujaim, Muhammad Hamdy, Ahmed Hassan and Cressida Trew Netflix
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Punjab" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni CNN
"Tokyo" Morgan Fallon
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey "Standing Up in the Milky Way" Bill Pope Fox
Vice "Greenland Is Melting/Bonded Labor" Jake Burghart and Jerry Ricciotti HBO
2015
[18]
Virunga Franklin Dow Netflix
Citizenfour Laura Poitras HBO
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Samuel Painter
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst "Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy" Marc Smerling
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Jim Whitaker
2016
[19]
Cartel Land Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll A&E
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Cuba" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni CNN
He Named Me Malala Samuel Painter Nat Geo
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Mario Panagiotopoulos and Huy Truong HBO
What Happened, Miss Simone? Igor Martinovic and Rachel Morrison Netflix
2017
[20]
Planet Earth II "Islands" Cinematography Team BBC America
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Rome" Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni CNN
Chef's Table "Virgilio Martinez" Will Basanta Netflix
O.J.: Made in America "Part 4" Nick Higgins ESPN
Planet Earth II "Cities" Cinematography Team BBC America
13th Hans Charles and Kira Kelly Netflix
2018
[21]
Jane Ellen Kuras and Hugo van Lawick Nat Geo
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Lagos" Morgan Fallon, Jerry Risius and Tarik Hameedi CNN
Blue Planet II "The Deep" Gavin Thurston BBC America
"One Ocean" Ted Giffords and Roger Munns
Chef's Table "Corrado Assenza" Adam Bricker Netflix
2019
[22]
Free Solo Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin and Mikey Schaefer Nat Geo
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Bhutan" Morgan Fallon, Todd Liebler and Zach Zamboni CNN
Our Planet "Coastal Seas" Doug Anderson and Gavin Thurston Netflix
"Jungles" Alastair MacEwen and Matt Aeberhard
"One Planet" Jamie McPherson and Roger Horrocks

Programs with multiple nominations[edit]

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