The Guild of Television Camermen is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

The main celebration will take place at the IET Austin Court conference centre in Birmingham on 11 and 12 May.

The GTC was formed in May 1972 to promote high standards in the craft of camerawork and establish a network for television cameramen.

It also aimed to provide a communication route to manufacturers of camera equipment and remind the industry to include cameramen in programme credits.

Two of the founder members, Dick Hibberd (member number one and the GTC’s first chairman) and John Henshall (the first BBC member and first GTC vice-chairman, pictured) are still actively involved with the GTC. Hibberd is now president and Henshall is vice-president.

“Much has changed in the world of television over the past four decades,” said Hibberd.

“The majority of cameramen now work as freelancers rather than on staff and are increasingly called upon to multi-skill.

“The evolution of internet and digital broadcasting has opened up many new outlets for our work.

“Production equipment has become more compact, more versatile, more efficient and more reliable. With the technology of television production developing very rapidly, the GTC’s role in communication and information exchange is now more important than ever.”