5. Moonrise Kingdom – Robert D. Yeoman
For his typical use of lighting to convey the whimsy at hand. The third-act storm is quite magnificent.
4. Wuthering Heights – Robbie Ryan
For shooting it with such searing emotion, the kind his director always ministers. He still remains (along with Barry Ackroyd) the best at shaky-cam.
3. Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
For creating (along with his director) some of the year's most indelible images, through and through. Despite the film many effects, his work cannot be denied.
2. The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr
For all those large-film, ravishing, picturesque compositions of seeping emotion rising to the surface. Dear God, so much face!