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2017 BLUE PENCIL & GOLD SCREEN AWARD WINNERs

Congratulations to the 2017 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition winners.

2017 Best in Show information: A Healing Journey of Alaska Natives

A Healing Journey of Alaska Natives
Office for Victims of Crime
Maria Acker, Adrian Wilairat, Bethany Case, Allison Turkel, Leslie Hagen

An educational series for service providers working with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Magazine

Award of Excellence

Everyday Kitsap
Kitsap County Public Works
Douglas E. Bear, Erina Kong, Michelle Perdue, Jo Meints

Second

Coastal Heritage: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Susan Ferris Hill, Joey Holleman

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Coastal Heritage covers a wide range of topics, from workforce development to waterfront-use changes and record floods.

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Arkansas Wildlife
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Jeff Williams, Jim Harris, Randy Zellers, Jeanne Zaffarano, Mike Wintroath, Greta James

A small staff that is not dedicated to the magazine is responsible for consistently fine work that meets the communications needs of the agency.

Internal Newsletter

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Closed Circuit
Western Area Power Administration
Leah Shapiro, Grant Kuhn

Proud of our newsletter that reaches across 15 states telling stories of mission delivery,sharing strategy and honoring employees!

Soft/Hard Cover Book

Award of Excellence

Baylisascaris Larva Migrans
U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center
Kevin Kazacos, Rachel Abbott, Charles van Riper, III, Christine Bunck

Baylisascaris Larva Migrans is intended to increase the reader’s understanding of the risks for infection by raccoon roundworm, a parasite.

Award of Excellence

Restrictive Housing in the U.S.: Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions
National Institute of Justice
Nancy Rodriguez, Jolene Hernon, Barry Bratburd, Marie Garcia, Lissa Hurwitz

Restrictive Housing in the United States is the most comprehensive review to date of restrictive housing practices (aka solitary confinement).

Second

Leaders in Environmental Stewardship
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Debbie Drezner, Varuzhan Hovakimyan, Debra Sass, Sue Sims, Deirdre West

Metropolitan Water illustrates its legacy of environmental investments and stewardship through a visually compelling book.

Second

2016-17 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Greta James, Jim Harris, Randy Zellers, Sandra Garrett

The Arkansas Hunting Guidebook is published each year to give hunters a clear interpretation of Arkansas hunting regulations.

Annual Report

Award of Excellence

2016 Austin Parks and Recreation Department Annual Report
City of Austin – Parks and Recreation Department
Betty Pu, John Nixon, Shelley Parks

This report provides context for Austin Parks and Rec’s achievements while ensuring accountability to their customers, partners, and themselves.

Award of Excellence

Kane County Health Department 2015 Annual Report
Kane County (Ill.) Health Department
Tom Schlueter

The bilingual report fulfills a statutory requirement while providing a brief overview of some of our accomplishments from the previous year.

Award of Excellence

Crime Victim Services Annual Report 2016
Office of the Attorney General Texas
Paul Taylor

Second

2015 National Intrepid Center of Excellence Annual Report
Booz Allen Hamilton, on behalf of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)
Heather Rawls, Kevin Kiger, Caroline Acton, Rayna Culbert

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Our Position, Our Promise: 2015 Annual Report
Western Area Power Administration
Leah Shapiro, Grant Kuhn

Our Position, Our Promise tells a year of stories while reiterating

Special Purpose Publication

Award of Excellence

“Earthquake Outlook for the San Francisco Bay Region 2014-2043”;
U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3020 U.S. Geological Survey
Brad Aagaard, Katherine Jacques

This fact sheet describes the updated 30-year earthquake forecast for the San Francisco Bay region and is used for public outreach.

Award of Excellence

National Park Service Centennial 1916 – 2016
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center
Jane Hanna, Tom Patterson, Margie Ortiz, Mark Muse, Trevor Bentz

The brochure was developed as part of the 2016 celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The National Park System’s authorized units (national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, etc.) appear on a full-page map
of the United States and territories. The reverse side features a group of NPS employees and volunteers welcoming visitors, gives a brief history of the agency, and introduces new initiatives and opportunities as the NPS looks ahead.

Second

Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – Tacoma Publishing Service Center
William Gibbs, Ruth Jacobs, Mona Khalil, Linda Rogers

The USGS provides cutting edge science to better understand and reduce the impacts of renewable energy development on wildlife and their habitats.

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JoCo Magazine Special Public Safety Issue Fall 2016
Johnson County, Kan., Government
Sharon Watson, Lori Sand, Gerald Hay, Amanda Keller, Chris Depusoir, Eric Schultz, Austin Falley, Che’rell Bilquist

JoCo Magazine Fall 2016 was instrumental in educating residents of the need for a new courthouse and coroner facility in the 2016 election.

Writer’s Portfolio

Award of Excellence

SunShot Blog Posts and Success Stories
The Hannon Group, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative
Jamie Nolan, Greg O’Brien, Jennifer Bristol, Susanna Murley, Dawn Washelesky

The Hannon Group created accessible content about the SunShot Initiative’s advanced solar RandD, increasing public knowledge and transparency.

Second

Stories of Science as Public Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Heather Dewar

The stories in “Science as a Public Service” use narrative techniques to inform and inspire readers, while hewing to the researchers’ vision and USGS’ mission.

First

Telling the Story of VA Research: Writer’s Portfolio for Mitch Mirkin (VA Research Communications)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mitch Mirkin

Mitch Mirkin writes about health research conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to benefit veterans and all Americans.

News Release

Award of Excellence

Human-Induced and Natural Earthquakes
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Jessica Fitzpatrick, Mark Petersen, Justin Rubinstein, Michael Blanpied

The USGS released new maps that, for the first time, identify potential groundshaking hazards from human-induced and natural earthquakes.

Award of Excellence

“NCI Launches Largest-Ever Study of Breast Cancer Genetics in Black Women”
National Cancer Institute, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Shannon P. Hatch, Rebecca Chasan, Ph.D., James Alexander

This press release resulted in 31 news stories and alerted the media to a new study into breast cancer genetics in African-American women, the largest of its kind to date.

Award of Excellence

News Release – “Toilet Paper Helps Extend the Life of Roads”
City of Littleton, Colo.
Kelli Narde, Cassie Heykoop

Second

”Florida, Georgia, South Carolina Beaches face 80-95 Percent Chance of Erosion from Hurricane Matthew”
U.S. Geological Survey
Jason Burton, Heather Dewar

First

Technology and Engineering Literacy Report News Release
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Dr. Peggy Carr, Dan McGrath, David Hoff, Kellé Wyatt, Debra Silimeo, Ashley Parker

Hager Sharp successfully worked with NCES to share results of the NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy assessment in plain language.

Photography

Second

Photographer Portfolio of Travis Weger, Public Affairs Specialist
Western Area Power Administration
Travis Weger

My job allows me to capture breathtaking footage and tell incredible stories, from the mountains in Colorado, to the forests in California.

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Arkansas Wildlife
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Mike Wintroath

Logo/Theme Art

Award of Excellence

Y4Y Design Element
U.S. Department of Education, You for Youth
Coral Anderson, Chelsea Heffernan, Maggie Bray

The new design element for the Dept. of Education’s Y4Y portal provides a new youthful and up-to-date spin by incorporating new color and leaf-like shapes.

Award of Excellence

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Youth Turkey Camp Embroidered Patch
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Greta James

The Youth Turkey Camp teaches Arkansas students turkey hunting basics. The patch was designed to be a camp giveaway.

Award of Excellence

Alexandria Library Logo Challenge
Alexandria, Va., Library
Anton Murray, Allison Carmola, Athena Williams, Barbara Manley, Bryan Noble, Confidence Akiti, Genelle Schuler, Linda Wesson, Marilyn Doherty, Renee DiPilato, Theresa Reiss

Alexandria Library’s Logo Design enhanced the Library’s visibility with a vibrant brandmark and increased library card registration by 170 percent.

Second

Braemar Golf Course Logo
City of Edina, Minn.
Jennifer Bennerotte, Jon Flor, Katie Laux, Kaylin Eidsness

The City of Edina has a new logo for its Braemar Golf Course, one of the most popular public golf courses in the United States since 1964. An uncomplicated logo emerged that is unique, special and enduring – one of the Braemar castle. It embraces the course’s history and attachment to Braemar, Scotland, and establishes the brand as “royalty” among municipal golf courses.

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Wyoming State Construction Logo
Wyoming State Construction Department
Anthony M. Hughes, Delbert A. McOmie, Mel Muldrow, Tamra Wales, Shelly Lovato, Shelby G. Carlson, Lynette West

To us this logo represents the power of positive collaboration, effective teamwork, and the inspiration to push each other to think out of the box.

Poster

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A Man’s Guide to Breastfeeding Support
Texas Department of State Health Services, Breastfeed Awareness Program/Texas Women, Infants, and Children
Kristina Arrieta, Marilyn Carter, Amanda Hovis, Tracy Erikson, Veronika Henrix, Jose Marrero, Rex Peteet, Julie Stagg, Rich Terry, Liz Wilde, Dandi Wright

This poster is designed to foster healthier babies, moms, and families by educating fathers on the importance of breastfeeding.

Display

Second

Colorado River Aqueduct: Turning on the Tap
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Armando Acuna, Erik Erath, Ellen Jackson, Rebecca Kimitch, David Keller, Bob Muir, Luis Romero, Debra Sass

Metropolitan showcases the history of Southern California’s water development with an interactive museum exhibit in LA’s Union Station.

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EROS Lobby Displays – How Satellites Orbit the Earth; and Landsat 8: The Anatomy of a Satellite
U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resourses Observation and Science Center (EROS)
Jan Nelson, Peggy Connot, Rebecca Johnson, EROS C&O media and web Teams

Conference Materials

Award of Excellence

Promise Neighborhoods National Network Conference
U.S. Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods
William Soo, Gordana Vukovic, Todd Makino, Maggie Bray

The overall conference design theme was cohesive throughout all collateral materials. The “Keeping the Promise—Looking to the Future” motto of sky and clouds represent the vast opportunities in the real world, as in the “sky is the limit.”

Second

“Superheroes for Children” Texas Child Support Stateside Managers’ Conference 2016
Office of the Attorney General Texas
Kyle Mashburn

Promotional Campaigns (less than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

Building a Better Austin Promotional Campaign
City of Austin, Development Services Department
Rachel Crist, Melissa Martinez, Daniel Sahl, Alison Carson Thiemer

Award of Excellence

REACH Campaign
The Bowen Group, on behalf of U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Jay Senter, Linda Desens, Dawn Cheethum, Kaitlin Draper

REACH, a Navy medicine program, provides career coaching to wounded service members and assists with educational, internship, and job placement opportunities.

Second

Discovery Trail Map – Presidential Edition
Fairfax County Park Authority
Karen Acar Thayer, Cindy Fortuno

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“I’m Ready” Campaign
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Benson Gardner, Meri Annin, Alex Kiander, Tawny Ransley, Joy Martell

The I’m Ready campaign told the stories of real Wisconsin students in order to show the true meaning of the Department of Public Instruction’s guiding vision, “Every Child a Graduate, College and Career Ready.” This series of short videos
featured exemplary students who had triumphed over adversity or become ready for college and career through the help of the agency’s programs or public educators. Each video was promoted via the agency’s social media, website, and the state
superintendent’s e-newsletter. In addition, all staff at the agency were asked to share the video with appropriate networks they manage, such as topic-specific e-mail lists.

Public Service Announcement

Award of Excellence

See Something, Say Something
City Of Doral, Fla.
Alejandro Renteria, Natalie French, Susie Castillo, Maggie Santos, Alexander Rincon, Dan Espino

Doral Police Department asked the public affairs section to produce a public service announcement based on the Department of Homeland Security theme “if you see something, say something.” To enhance the authenticity of the message, it was
decided to write and shoot our own version using local people, language and locations.

Second

Don’t Mess with Texas TV, Grupo Fantasma
Texas Department of Transportation, Travel Division, Don’t Mess with Texas Campaign

Jose Marrero, Angie Nelson, Gabriel Escobar, Julie Pippin, Wally Williams, Bill Oberlander, Dandi Wright, Beef and Pie Productions, Tequila Mockingbird

Grammy Award-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma reminds Texans to throw trash where it belongs.

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All Aboard!
Los Angeles County, Calif.
Matt Kresling, Barbara Osborn, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Angelenos love their cars. How to get them riding the new Metro line that connects downtown L.A. to the Santa Monica Pier? Make it fun!

Internal Communication

Award of Excellence

How FSIS Employees Impact Food Safety
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education

Carol Blake, Aaron Lavallee, Kristen Booze, Jeremy Emmert

Our i-Impact video is a farm to fork look at how every employee is part of our food safety mission and how they protect public health.

Second

Metropolitan’s Builders Legacy
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Armando Acuna, Mark Erickson, Ken McSpadden, Debra Sass

Metropolitan Water’s light-hearted and inspirational video that communicates the history, values and activities of the organization.

First

Serious Accident Investigation Teams: Pre-Investigation Briefings: Video Series
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center for Interpretive Design
Sarah Gulick, Chuck Dunkerly, Mike May, Michael Quinn, Erin Finicane

A training series providing advice and insights from experienced mentors, with an emphasis on the emotional challenges for everyone involved.

Educational Programs (more than $50,000)

Award of Excellence

Room to Breathe Campaign Videos
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Tom Grodek, Rich Terry, Matt Mowat, Jose Marrero, Angie Dewees Nelson, Dianna Howell, Hillary Jenson, Marilyn Carter

These short videos show parents and caregivers specific dos and don’ts on how to place a baby to sleep.

Second

“Lake Dudes” Videos
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Darcy Bontempo, Carly Montez, Nicole Goodman, Tom Grodek, Charles Webre, Rich Terry, Agie Nelson, Emily Baker, Liz Wilde

These videos urge Texas lake users to clean, drain, and dry their boats each time they leave a lake to stop the spread of invasive species.

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Help and Hope Campaign (Help for Parents. Hope for Kids)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Gretchen Hicks, Rich Terry, Jose Marrero, Angie Dewees, Dianna Howell, Marilyn Carter, Polyester Studio

This campaign of short instructional videos offers solutions to parental challenges that often lead to child abuse.

Website (New)

Award of Excellence

USAGov Explore Page
U.S. General Services Administration – USAGov
Tory Williams, Reingold, Inc., Culture ONE Source

Award of Excellence

Road to Tomorrow Website
Missouri Department of Transportation
Kellen Burns

MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow site is a collaboration and information hub for transportation tech and funding, designed to be engaging and responsive.

Second

MCPS Budget 101
Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools
Chris Cram, Andrew Vines, Nicky Diamond

A website created to provide a high level of transparency of the decision making that goes into creating the district’s operating budget.

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Social Security’s Sign In / Up Page
Social Security Administration
Eric Brown, Angel Veliz

Social Security created a single Sign In/Up portal for audiences to easily access my Social Security and our Business and Government Services.

 

Electronic Publication

Award of Excellence

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide
Office for Victims of Crime
Maria Acker, Maria Berry, Emily Bauernfeind

Designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues.

Second

Snapshots
Fairfax County Park Authority
Judy Pedersen, Carol Ochs, Mary Nelms, Don Sweeney

First

DHS SandT Interactive Year in Review
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate
John Fisher, Elise Rand, Colleen Dunn

Audio Communication

First

Kentucky Afield Radio, “Kentucky’s Red November – The Undamming of Red River Gorge”
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Charlie Baglan, Cory Graham, Oscar Geralds, Julian Carroll

This report reminds us that for the things there may only be one of, such as earth’s natural wonders, there may be no second chance.

Mobile

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Zika Text Messages for Travelers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Kelly Holton, Carolina Uribe, Tessa Burton, Megan O’Sullivan

CDC’s Zika interactive text message system provided destination-specific Zika prevention recommendations in English and Spanish.

Branding/Rebranding Campaign

Award of Excellence

Home is Possible Branding Campaign
Nevada Housing Division
CJ Manthe

More than 11,000 homebuyers have become homeowners, thanks to our Home Is Possible programs. That’s $1.9 billion in mortgages since 2014.

Award of Excellence

The Face of Social Security
Social Security Administration
Lynette Fletcher, Kevin Alban, Ivelisse Cordero, Kimberly Perry, Aubrey Johnson

The branding of Social Security: From birth into retirement, we are with you through life’s journey, helping secure today and tomorrow.

Second

Gallatin on the Move
City of Gallatin, Tenn.
Paige Brown, Kim Baker, Timothy Allen, Anedra Smith

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Memphis International Airport Rebranding Campaign
Memphis International Airport
Glen Thomas, Rob Robertson

The rebranding of the Memphis airport placed a strong emphasis on Memphis culture and how the airport is a reflection of our community.

Infographic (External)

Award of Excellence

On the Market: Buying and Selling a Solar Home
The Hannon Group, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative
Jamie Nolan, Susanna Murley, Dawn Washelesky, Jennifer Bristol, Gregory O’Brien

The Hannon Group created an infographic to help consumers and real estate professionals understand that solar systems boost home values.

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Social Security’s Disability Insurance Facts Infographic
Social Security Administration
Janny Lora, Donald Randazzo, Kevin Alban, Michael L. Stephens

Social Security is there for you when the unexpected happens. Our modest disability payments can help keep your family financially afloat.

External Newsletter

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The Arvada Report
City of Arvada, Colo.
Maria VanderKolk, Steve Milke

The Arvada Report is delivered six times annually to over 60,000 residences and businesses. It provides needed in-depth coverage of local issues for the community.

First

NSSC This Month
U.S. Army Garrison – Natick, Mass.
John Harlow, Bob Reinert, Tazanyia Mouton, Jane Benson, Mallory Roussel, David Kamm, Jeff Sisto, Jon Dubie

NSSC This Month shares the story of what the workforce of the Natick Soldier Systems Center does for the American Soldier.

Article

Second

“Squirrels Take It to the Streets”
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Jeff Williams, Randy Zellers, Jeanne Zaffarano

The Squirrel Cook Off is an entertaining event that has a serious side. Its instigator enjoys cooking events and wants to draw people to the outdoors and hunting.

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”Centennial” – In Prologue Magazine Fall 2016
National Archives and Records Administration
David McMillen

“Centennial” gives a brief history of the century-old National Park Service and describes its relationship with the National Archives.

Brochures/Booklet

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”A Man’s Guide to Breastfeeding Support”
Texas Department of State Health Services, Breastfeed Awareness Program/Texas WIC
Amanda Hovis, Tracy Erikson, Veronica Hendrix, Kristina Arrieta, Julie Stagg, Charles Webre, Rex Peteet, Rich Terry, Jose Marrero, Dandi Wright, Liz Wilde

This brochure is designed to foster healthier babies, moms, and families by educating
fathers on the importance of breastfeeding.

First

”#Zika Team USA’s Prevention Playbook”
Global Migration Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kelly Holton, Carolina Uribe, Tessa Burton, Megan O’Sullivan

Technical or Statistical Report

Award of Excellence

An International Borderland of Concern: Conservation of Biodiversity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
U.S. Geological Survey
David Leslie, Jr., Karoline Dreher, Natalie Trahan

This report combines 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications from biological and sociological research conducted in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley over the past 30 years.

Award of Excellence

Geological Map of Alaska; U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3340
U.S. Geological Survey
Fredric Wilson, Chad Hults, Charles Mull, Susan Karl, Jan Zigler, Kathryn Nimz, Claire Landowski

This is the first digital geologic map of the State of Alaska. It represents more than 25 years of innovative earth science research.

Second

Child Victims of Stereotypical Kidnappings Known to Law Enforcement in 2011
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Anna Johnson, Catherine Doyle, Brecht Donoghue, Benjamin Adams, Nels Ericson, Janis Wolak, David Finkelhor, Andrea J. Sedlak

Bulletin examines nature/scope of nation’s missing child problem and compares 2011 findings on stereotypical kidnappings with 1997 data.

First

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men 2010
Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
National Institute of Justice
Jolene Hernon, Christine Crossland, Katie Gresham, Palladian Partners

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men raises awareness of the high rate of violence against this population.

Most Improved Publication

Award of Excellence

2017 Benefit Guide
Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan
Andrea Arwe, Mia Platz, Leah Strid

Award of Excellence

Prologue Magazine
National Archives and Records Administration
James Worsham, Mary C. Ryan, Brian Barth, Rania Hassan, Kerri Lawrence, Scott Barton

Prologue offers an educational, engaging, and entertaining venue for examining the story of the American experience preserved in the National Archives.

Graphic Design

Award of Excellence

Financial Resource for Philadelphia’s 12,000 12th Graders
Office of the City Controller – City of Philadelphia
Brian Dries, Emily Maher

The wallet-size, accessible cards were designed to provide youth with resources to obtain free financial assistance.

Second

The Other 16 Seattle City Light
Greg St. Peter, Mary Dorsey, Darwyn Anderson, Grassroots Safety Culture Change
Team: “Comfortably Norm”, Michelle Sharon, Joe Villegas, Steve Bocanegra, Christopher Posten, Dean Aliment, John Dewitt, John Gay III, Deloris Marks, Anna-Lyn Hurlbut

The Other 16 safety campaign reminds employees that they deserve to live without injury and enjoy the hours outside of work.

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Did You Know – Infographic Trash Truck Wraps
City of Olathe, Kan.
Adam Tisdale, Hallie Sheptor, Alicia Chavez, Erin Vader
Trash truck wraps were created to educate the public about recycling and bring awareness to the city’s clean energy initiative.

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Aquatic Nuisance Fish Hatchery Truck Wraps
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Jeanne Zaffarano
The fish hatchery trucks feature an invasive species warnings on one side and an underwater habitat with the hatchery name on the other.

Special Event (Internal)

Second

La Verne Solar Facility Dedication Event 
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Armando Acuna, Chris Hamawi, Tuannee Holmes, Rebecca Kimitch, Monika Medina, Bob Muir, Jannine Rojo
Metropolitan Water expands its renewable resources portfolio by dedicating a major new solar facility at its water treatment facilities.

Award of Excellence

Renton Multicultural Festival
City of Renton, Wash.
Preeti Shridhar, Ava Van, Dave Neubert

Award of Excellence

Alexandria Library Passport Challenge
Alexandria, Va., Library
Anton Murray, Allison Carmola, Athena Williams, Barbara Manley, Bryan Noble, Confidence Akiti, Genelle Schuler, Linda Wesson, Marilyn Doherty, Renee DiPilato, Theresa Reiss

Alexandria Library’s Passport Challenge engaged residents to learn about each branch while promoting services, events and the new logo.

Award of Excellence

SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Day National Event Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help. Finding Hope”
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Lisa Rubenstein

SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2016 interactive event explored improving access to behavioral health care for children, youth, and young adults.

Second

2016 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Release New Conference
U.S. Census Bureau
Public Information Office, Center for New Media and Promotion

The 2016 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Release was a live webcast that presented this important new data to the public and the media.

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2016 Voice Awards
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Carlton Speight

SAMHSA’s 2016 Voice Awards honored people whose work and personal stories of recovery are educating the public about behavioral health.

Photographer’s Portfolio

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Photographer Portfolio of Travis Weger, Public Affairs Specialist
Western Area Power Administration
Travis Weger

My job allows me to capture breathtaking footage and tell incredible stories, from the mountains in Colorado, to the forests in California.

First

Arkansas Wildlife
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Mike Wintroath

Special Purpose Product

Award of Excellence

Coastal Landforms and Processes at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts: A Primer
U.S. Geological Survey
S. Jeffress Williams, Graham Geise, Mark Adams, Anna Glover

Award of Excellence

Notify NYC: ASL and Multilingual Videos
New York City (NYC) Emergency Management
Elan Freudenthal, Rebecca Baudendistel

Notify NYC is a leading customizable alert system serving a uniquely diverse city with unrivaled diversity and inclusion in public messaging.

Award of Excellence

Discovery Trail Map – Presidential Edition
Fairfax County Park Authority
Karen Acar Thayer, Cindy Fortuno

Second

Electorate Profiles
U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office
Cory Beasley, Christine Geter, Christine Taylor, Robert Bernstein

The 50 graphic electorate profiles turned data into quick reference guides for each state primary, boosting awareness of Census Bureau data.

First

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Office for Victims of Crime
Maria Acker, Adrian Wilairat, Lindsay Waldrop, Jean Bruggeman

The video series provides information about sex and labor trafficking, serving victims of human trafficking, and voices of survivors.

Calendar

Award of Excellence

2016 Water Is Life Calendar
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Adrian Hightower, Yvette Martinez, Brian Martz, Royetta Perry

Metropolitan Water created and widely distributed a calendar featuring student art to promote water conservation.

Second

Tennessee – In Full Color 2017 Calendar
State of Tennessee – Printing and Media Services Division
Elizabeth Mancuso, Rick Johnson, Vicky Goodin, Martha Hesson

The Printing and Media Services Division’s “Tennessee In Full Color 2017 Calendar” highlights the beauty of our state as photographed by state employees.

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Arkansas Wildlife
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Jeff Williams, Jim Harris, Jeanne Zaffarano, Mike Wintroath

The Arkansas Wildlife calendar is fun to put together because we have so many excellent

Shoestring Budget

Award of Excellence

9 Lives in 9 Days video
Oregon Department of Transportation
Tom Fuller, Peter Murphy

A tragic loss of life prompted two communicators to make a plea for driver safety in a video produced in less than 24 hours. Message received.

Award of Excellence

See Something, Say Something
City Of Doral, Fla.
Alejandro Renteria, Natalie French, Susie Castillo, Maggie Santos, Alexander Rincon, Dan Espino

Doral Police Department asked the Public Affairs section to produce a public service announcement based on the Department of Homeland Security theme “if you see something, say something.” To enhance the authenticity of the message, we decided to write and shoot our own version using local people, language and locations.

Award of Excellence

“Copper Plates for Sale” Communications Plan
U.S. Geological Survey
Mark Newell, Mike Domaratz

Copper Plates For Sale: An aggressive and broad communications plan to effectively and efficiently disperse legacy tools of the nation’s mapping history.

Second

Hazard A Guess?
U.S. Geological Survey
Jessica Fitzpatrick

The USGS publishes a reoccurring quiz to promote awareness of natural hazards and the importance of science.

First

Solar and Real Estate Week
The Hannon Group, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative
Jennifer Bristol, Susanna Murley, Jamie Nolan, Gregory O’Brien, Dawn Washelesky

To debunk common myths, The Hannon Group created a campaign to help real estate professionals understand the value of solar-powered homes.

K-12 Educational Programs

Award of Excellence

Wetland Habitat Demonstration Board
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Greta James, Randy Zellers

This demonstration board teaches students at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center the environmental importance of wetland habitats.

Second

Seattle City Light’s “Shrinking Bigfoot” Program
Seattle City Light
Tyson Lin

Shrinking Bigfoot is an interactive program that helps students learn about energy conservation, renewable energy and electrical safety.

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Ready Girl Comic Book featuring the Avengers in: “Against the Wind”
New York City (NYC) Emergency Management
Katelyn James, Iska Gencheva, Omar Bourne, Allison Pennisi

Villainous weather is no match for NYC’s emergency preparedness superhero Ready Girl and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Promotional Campaigns (greater than $100,000)

Award of Excellence

National Park Service Centennial Communications Campaign
National Park Service
April Slayton, Elizabeth Paradis Stern

Award of Excellence

“Let’s All Take A Turn” and “H2OLove”
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Armando Acuna, Chris Hamawi, Rebecca Kimitch, Yvette Martinez, Monika Medina, Bob Muir, Debra Sass, Sue Sims, Teresa Wong

A multimedia, multilingual water conservation advertising campaign helped achieved dramatic savings during California’s recent drought.

Award of Excellence

Memphis International Airport “First Team MEM” Campaign
Memphis International Airport
Glen Thomas, Rob Roberson

Memphis Airport’s “First Team MEM” campaign completely reinvented MEM’s image, branding, marketing, digital media and partnerships.

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Look Twice For Motorcycles Campaign
Texas Department of Transportation
John Brewster, Meghan Bevill, Emily Baker, Robert Nash, Charles Webre, Rich Terry, Tom Grodek

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Johnson County Public Safety Sales Tax Education Campaign
Johnson County, Kan., Government
Sharon Watson, Chris Depusoir, Amanda Keller, Lori Sand, Gerald Hay, Eric Schultz, Austin Falley, Che’rell Bilquist

The successful strategy to educate residents on a sales tax to fund a courthouse and coroner facility included numerous communication tools.

Public Affairs Program

Award of Excellence

Stats in Action: The New Orleans Smoke Alarm Outreach Project
U.S. Census Bureau

Center for New Media and Promotions, American Community Survey Office

Award of Excellence

Wing’s Over Metropolitan’s Colorado River Aqueduct
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Armando Acuna, Mark Erickson, Ken McSpadden, Bob Muir, Debra Sass, Sue Sims

A fly-along aerial video of Metropolitan Water’s 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct that supplies water to 19 million Californians.

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“On the Job”
City of Edina, Minn.
Scott Denfeld, Jennifer Bennerotte, Scott Neal, Dietrich Nissen
On The Job is a monthly look at the hard working City of Edina staff that helps
make Edina a great place!

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A Healing Journey of Alaska Natives
Office for Victims of Crime
Maria Acker, Adrian Wilairat, Bethany Case, Allison Turkel, Leslie Hagen

An educational series for service providers working with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Educational Programs (less than $50,000)

Award of Excellence

Littleton Fire Rescue 2016 Recruit Training
City of Littleton, Colo.
Tyler Barton, Cassie Heykoop

Award of Excellence

GreaseBusters
City of Franklin, Tenn.
Milissa Reierson, Stephen Price, Mark Hilty, Michelle Hatcher, Juan Davis

Flushable wipes, stormwater runoff, food scraps, and grease are all problems municipalities encounter daily, and educating the public about those problems is sometimes the only line of defense in preventing overflows within the collection system. Similar to the 2016 release of the Ghostbusters movie, the City of Franklin created four short videos and graphic components for social media that communicate these main issues to the citizens of the City of Franklin. The release was timed with
the release of the new movie and the city capitalized on the #Ghostbusters, #Greasebusters theme. These videos use a humorous tone to convey the educational message about the many items that can clog pipes, causing problems for citizens
in their neighborhoods.

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Video: How the NHSC Provides Primary Care to Those Who Need it Most Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA, Bureau of Health Workforce

The video shows how the National Health Service Corps improves the lives of patients across the country.

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Safety Matters
City of Olathe, Kan.
Alicia Chavez, Erin Vader

Whether online, in the office, on the work site or in a vehicle, City of Olathe employees work to make safety a priority every day.

Documentary

Award of Excellence

Encore: The History of the Academy of Music Theater
City of Lynchburg, Va.
Steve Smallshaw

Encore honors the history of Lynchburg’s Academy of Music Theater and details the decades-long effort to save this majestic building.

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Honor Flight
City of Arvada, Colo.
Rick Assmus, Sherry Nalbach, Tomas Martinez, Damon Parrish, Debra Lindgren

Arvada Media Services staff accompanied the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. This video captures the amazing journey of veterans visiting war memorials.

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Nicodemus Documentary Video Series
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center
David Ehrenberg, Chuck Dunkerly, Sarah Gulick, Sunni Patterson

This five part video series documents the black migration to Kansas and modern descendants who claim Nicodemus as their home.

Website (Redesigned)

Award of Excellence

Littleton, Colorado Website
City of Littleton, Colo.
Catherine Weaver, Kelli Narde

Award of Excellence

Y4Y Click and Go
U.S. Department of Education, You for Youth
Odin Wortman, Chelsea Heffernan, Sean Grobe, Maggie Bray

The new design of the Click and Go resource for the Dept. of Education’s Y4Y users applies the new icon’s colors and curves for a modern look.

Award of Excellence

Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Website Redesign
Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
Crystal Peeler, Tristan Anderson, Ann McGill, Tram Nguyen, Mary Butler

OCSE website redesigned with mobile users in mind. Now responsive with clear navigation structure and tailored content for multiple audiences.

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Memphis International Airport
Memphis International Airport
Glen Thomas, Rob Roberson, Jarrett Morgan

The new Memphis airport website is a comprehensive resource for travelers as well as a tangible example of the airport’s new brand identity.

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Migration and Redesign
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Amy Enchelmeyer, Anthony Braun, Shani Felder

E-Newsletter

Award of Excellence

Connections E-Newsletter
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
Tammy Wallace, Laura Seabaugh, Linda Wilson-Horn, Marie Elliott, Marisa Ellison

MoDOT’s e-newsletter, “Connections,” shares information, photos and videos that are of value to all employees in a user-friendly format.

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Benefits.gov Compass eNewsletter
U.S. Department of Labor
Al Sloane, Bonnie Walters, Matthew Klein, Cameron Weathers

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Memphis International Airport “Notes” E-Newsletter
Memphis International Airport
Rob Robertson, Glen Thomas

Memphis airport’s “Notes” provides unique, entertaining content for passengers and community leaders and drives traffic to its website.

Social Media

Award of Excellence

Public Safety Sales Tax Social Media Campaign
Johnson County, Kan. Government
Amanda Keller, Sharon Watson

Using social media to educate voters about a 1/4-cent sales tax ballot initiative, we received 1,200-plus comments and questions from residents.

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Look Twice for Motorcycles Campaign Social Media
Texas Department of Transportation
John Brewster, Meghan Bevill, Charles Webre, Rich Terry, Robert Nash, Tom Grodek

This campaign aims to make drivers more aware of motorcycles’ presence and
motivate them to always be on the lookout.

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For your eyes only: Let’s talk diabetes and eye health (Facebook Live Event)
National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)
Kym Collins-Lee, Brian Keefe, Mark Mendez, Anna Baker

Web Article

Award of Excellence

Deep Brush Key to Summer Crappie Success
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Randy Zellers

Award of Excellence

OJJDP Co-Sponsors National Mentoring Summit
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Anna Johnson, Catherine Doyle, Kerri Strug, James Antal, Jeffrey Gersh, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Blair Ames

Article highlights youth mentoring initiatives and evidence-based resources, such as the National Mentoring Resource Center.

Award of Excellence

Genome Study Links Misfolded DNA to Brain Tumors
Genome Study Links Misfolded DNA to Brain Tumors
Edward R. Winstead, Rebecca Chasan, Ph.D., Carmen Phillips, Julie Cheh

Working with our experts, we wrote this post to educate our audiences about recent research surrounding a new genome study that links damaged DNA to brain tumors.

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Targeted Photoimmunotherapy Approach for Cancer Moves Forward
National Cancer Institute, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Elia Ben-Ari, Rebecca Chasan, Ph.D., Carmen Phillips, Julie Cheh
This post reached our blog subscribers with information about an important new
approach to cancer treatment.

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CRISPR and the genome editing revolution
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Robin Arnette, Ph.D., Kelly Lenox, M.F.A., Christine Bruske Flowers, M.P.A.

The article clearly describes gene editing and its potential effects on food, agriculture, medicine, scientific research, and biotechnology.

Infographic (Internal)

Award of Excellence

MWD Outreach Accomplishments
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Jannine Rojo, Debra Sass

A traditional list of year-end program accomplishments was transformed into a visually interesting and easy-to-understand infographic.

Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Committee

Maj. Sabra J. Brown
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

Cheryl V. Chambers
U.S. Census Bureau

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners, Inc.

Kathleen A. Zona
National AAeronautics and Space Administration Glenn Research Center

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