The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has created the William A Fraker Heritage Award competition for outstanding artistic achievement in student filmmaking.

The award will be presented for the first time at the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration to be held February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles. The deadline for submitting entries is noon on November 1.

The award is designed to recognize talented undergraduate and graduate or recently graduated (within one year) cinematography students. Educational institutions may submit up to two qualified students for each category (undergraduate and graduate/recent graduate). Films will be evaluated by a jury of ASC members who will judge the students’ “execution of artful cinematography and effective creation of images that augment the visions of the directors and performances by the actors.”

The award is dedicated to the memory of cinematographer William Fraker, who earned Oscar nominations for Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Heaven Can Wait, 1941, WarGames and Murphy’s Romance.