Aug. 11, 2011– The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 66th annual conference, Aug. 5-6 in Houma. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2011 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.
The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2011 competition were judged by members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.
LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.
For more detailed information about the competition or LOWA, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com . The winners and sponsors of the 2011 EIC competition by category:
Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)
1st John Flores: The Blind View
2nd James Guice: The Young Hunter
3rd Deborah Burst: Flight of the Egret
Co-Sponsors: LA Forestry Association and LA Association of Professional Biologists
Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)
1st Jerald Horst: Fish Under Our Noses
2nd Jerald Horst: Hidden Talons
3rd John Flores: The Majestic Whooping Crane
Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
1st Glynn Harris: I Can’t – Not in Dyer’s Vocabulary
2nd John Flores: Where the Wind Blows
3rd John Flores: Nighttime Operations
Sponsor: LA Sportsman Magazine
Broadcast (radio or television)
1st Glynn Harris: Clay Dyer No Quitter
2nd Joe Macaluso and Gary Rispone: Trinity Outdoors-Disabled Hunt
3rd Glynn Harris: Black and Blue Friday
Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter
1st Deborah Burst: Paying Tribute to the Atchafalaya Basin
2nd Lyle Johnson: The Camp
3rd David Moreland: Outdoor Roots
Sponsor: CCA Louisiana
Black and White Still Photograph
1st John Flores: Pond-ering Around
2nd John Flores: Upland Pass
3rd Jerald Horst: Parasitic isopod on redfish
Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society
Color Still Photograph
1st Jerald Horst: How the yellowfin tuna got its name
2nd John Flores: A Job Well Done
3rd Paula Ouder: Christopher Green
Sponsor: LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation
Topical Article on Coastal Wetland Protection/Restoration (more than 750 words)
1st Lyle Johnson: Coastal Restoration – Is There Hope?
2nd Lyle Johnson: This Used To Be Paradise
3rd Wendy Billiot: Coastal Restoration – Beating a Dead Horse?
Sponsor: Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee
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