Virginia Conference Communications office staff wins six UMAC awards

The Virginia Conference Communications office brought home six awards at the denomination-wide communications/media awards contest held during the annual meeting of United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC), Jan. 19-20 in Portland, Ore.

Madeline Pillow, Advocate editor, holds her first place award for photography.

Advocate Editor Madeline Pillow won first place in the portrait category of the Photography class for her shot of Bishop Young Jin Cho and Maria Maxwell celebrating when they learned that the Virginia Conference had raised more than $1 million for Imagine No Malaria, exceeding the conference goal. (See photo at right.)

The Virginia United Methodist Advocate won a third place award in the magazine category of the Print Publications class. 

Madeline Pillow, Advocate editor, and Cathryn Huff, graphic designer, display third place awards in the magazine category given to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate.

Nick Ruxton, conference videographer, won four awards for his videos, including sweeping all the awards in one category. "District Sends D.S. Down River," a video of the Rev. David Rochford's canoe trip to raise money for Imagine No Malaria, won first place in the promotion category of the Video Production class. "Imagine No Malaria: Sipping Lemonade to Save Lives" won second place in the same category, and "Called 2015: Youth Retreat Promo Series" won third place.

Nick Ruxton, conference videographer, won four awards for video production, including a sweep of all three awards in the promotional videos category.

Nick's video, "United Methodist Day at Virginia's General Assembly," won third place in the video news story category.

Nearly 100 communicators from across the United States participated in The United Methodist Association of Communicators 43rd annual meeting in Portland. The UMAC gathering was followed by the Pre-General Conference News Briefing in preparation for 2016 General Conference. The news briefing was designed to provide information for church and secular journalists, delegates and other interested parties about issues to be considered by the denomination's legislative body when it meets in Portland May 10-20.




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