Intelligence Community Celebrates Media Excellence

March 2015 ceremony held at National Reconnaissance Office
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Jim DeFelice

The best visual media produced within the Intelligence Community was on display at the eighth annual Intelligence Community Media Excellence (ICy) Awards ceremony on March 19, 2015, at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Va.

The ICy Awards are sponsored by the Interagency Visual Media Group, a forum for Intelligence Community (IC) media professionals to share creative ideas, technical information and production techniques in video, photography, graphic design, multimedia, web development and more. The ICy Awards give those who work in support of the national security mission—much of which is classified—an opportunity to reward their own for media excellence.

More than 400 submissions vied for 18 awards this year in the tradecraft areas of campaign products, multimedia production, photography, print graphics and video production. In all, more than 70 offices in 12 different agencies submitted entries for this year’s awards.

Entries are evaluated by panels of media professionals from across the IC and the winners aren’t announced until the ceremony.

“The competition has resulted in better work across the community,” said Tom Sabolsky, chairman of the Interagency Visual Media Group, sponsor of the ICy Awards. “People get to see what their peers are doing and it inspires them to ‘up’ their game.”

The yearly event has become a “don’t miss” celebration, complete with hosts, presenters, musical entertainment, and a keynote speaker. This year’s speaker was Jim DeFelice, award-winning writer, former political columnist and bestselling author. He is the co-author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, which is the basis for the Academy Award-nominated feature film, American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle.

The next event on the IVMG calendar is the 2015 annual meeting, which is planned for October 2015.