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NEW YORK, NY --The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) in partnership with NAMIC - Southern California is now accepting entries for the 2015 NAMIC Vision Awards. Submissions are welcomed in 18 award categories recognizing original content created for television and digital media platforms that depict and best reflect the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color. Submissions meeting the entry qualifications received by Friday, January 16, 2015 will be eligible for consideration.

"Since its inception in 1994, through the Vision Awards, NAMIC has remained committed to honoring those that are fostering diverse and inclusive imagery within the media and entertainment industry,” said Eglon E. Simons, NAMIC’s president and CEO. “In 2015, as we celebrate NAMIC’s 35th anniversary, we are pleased to continue our tradition of recognizing networks, producers and all creators of content for their achievements in developing original programming that fully reflects the ethnic and cultural spectrum of the global viewing audience.”

Award categories include: Animation, Awards & Honors, Children's, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Reality-Social Issues, Sports, Variety/Talk Show, Best Performance - Comedy, Best Performance - Drama, Digital Media - Short Form and Digital Media - Long Form. Original programs having aired from November 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014 are eligible for submission. The NAMIC Vision Awards competition extends eligibility to: Broadcast Networks (National, Network-Owned and Operated, Affiliates); Cable Networks (National and Regional); Cable Operators (Local Origination Programs); Syndicators (First-Run Original Programs); and VOD (Cable and/or Broadcast Content for Digital Platforms Including Web/Mobile).

Judging will be focused on overall imagery (creative merit, originality and presentation); sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances); writing (the depiction of issues of relevant to people of color); and the quality of acting in the performance categories. A distinguished group of entertainment industry executives and content creators will comprise the judging panel. Nominations will be announced mid-March of 2015. 

For more information on the 2015 NAMIC Vision Awards or to access nomination forms and detailed eligibility/submission requirements, visit or contact Sandra Girado, NAMIC’s senior director of Meetings and Events at 212-594-5985.