Cal OES PIO Wins Prestigious Awards

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The Platinum & Gold Hermes statues awarded to PIO Shawn Boyd

Cal OES Public Information Officer Shawn Boyd was recently awarded this year’s Platinum Hermes Award for a documentary he produced on the 2014 Napa earthquake and a Gold Hermes Award for his work on a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for drought awareness.

The Hermes Creative Awards recognizes exceptional work in the areas of traditional and modern media. This international competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. Boyd submitted work in the government category to be judged by other creative professionals.

The Platinum Hermes was awarded for Napa Quake: The First 48 Hours. The 2014 earthquake was only the third disaster that Boyd had been deployed to and the first where he was actively working in a Joint Incident Command (JIC). When Boyd was not working in the JIC, he was out in the disaster area shooting video. The footage he captured would eventually end up being the piece of work that won him the award.

The Gold Hermes was awarded for a series of PSA’s he helped produced called Respect the Resource. The 15 and 30-second videos featured professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston reminding the public about water conservation during California’s drought.

Since joining Cal OES Boyd has assisted in the production several pieces and we will likely see many more to come, along with many more awards.

Congratulations Shawn! Great work!

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