Emmanuel Lubezki won top honors in the feature film competition for Children Of Men at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles at the weekend.

It was a first ASC win for Lubezki, who beat out Dick Pope for The Illusionist, Robert Richardson for The Good Shepherd, Dean Semler for Apocalypto, and Vilmos Zsigmond for The Black Dahlia.

'All of these artists contributed their talent for writing with light and motion to each story,' Tim Allen, presenting the award, said.

Charlize Theron presented Allen Daviau with the Lifetime Achievement Award to mark a career that has produced such iconic work as E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Empire Of The Sun, Bugsy, as well as the upcoming release The Astronaut Farmer.

The International Achievement Award went to Michael Ballhaus. Martin Scorsese, with whom Ballhaus collaborated on The Departed and Gangs Of New York, presented the honour.

Ron Howard received the ASC Board of Governors Award, presented annually to an individual who has 'made extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of film-making', from Universal Studios president and chief operating officer Ron Meyer.