SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal Award Recipients

R. Norman Hurst


For his work in color camera signal circuit design, particularly the invention of independent control of selected color areas, also known as skin detail. For over 25 years, this technique has been an essential part of color television production.


No Award Given

Eric R. Fossum

In recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the CMOS Active Pixel Sensor Technology.  This advancement was first published in 1993 while Dr. Fossum worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors.  CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

No Award Given

Bryce E. Bayer

The 2012 Camera Origination and Imaging Medal is awarded to Bryce Bayer, inventor of the color filter array that bears his name (the Bayer Filter), a core technology incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone on the market today (U.S. Patent No. 3,971,065).  The advent of progressive capture and file based workflows has allowed the Bayer Filter to thrive in current digital cameras for motion pictures and television.