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OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA NEWSLETTER

June-July 2019

SPRING CONFERENCE IN SISKIYOU, A DAMP AND EXCITING SUCCESS

Photo by Bob Semerau

 

 

Rivers, waterfalls, picturesque valleys and vistas in beautiful Siskiyou County!

By Bob Semerau

On arrival at the Mt. Shasta Resort the OWAC crew was met with leaden skies and broad smiles as Discover Siskiyou event leader, Kory Hayden, managed to be on hand almost everywhere.

The resort covers 126 acres and features an 18-hole golf course, Sacred Mountain Spa, and the Highland House Restaurant. All the bungalow units sit perched on the rim of Lake Siskiyou with back-deck views of pristine waters.

The conference schedule let us go touring around the area on Sunday, prior to the Board of director’s meeting, a walk around nearby Dunsmuir led to Ted Fay’s legendary fly shop. As we were discussing local fishing with Bob behind the counter, up popped Kory with a smile, a laugh, and a few recommendations for the day’s outing.

Just down the road Castle Crags State Park allowed views of the magnificent outcropping through the mist and clouds of the day. After that the clouds parted way for a while and made for a lovely walk among the greenery at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. This amazing place is only now growing into its own with a huge variety of plants and landscaping set alongside the rushing Sacramento River. Other early arriving members sojourned to the falls, hiking in the rain to view the spectacular scene.

The evening’s meeting gave the board an opportunity to discuss several important topics and prepare for the upcoming General Membership meeting of the following day.

Local Siskiyou Fly Fishing club member, Will Keller, offered to show me, along with Tom Martens, fly fishing at Lake Siskiyou on Monday, before the general meeting got under way. Our trip, under ominous yet restrained storm clouds, showed us the many faces of this beautiful lake nested up against Mount Shasta. While the fishing was not wide open, the beautiful brown trout and rainbow trout made a showing. Growout pens holding thousands of huge fish, a project spearheaded by the Mount Shasta Rotary and OWAC’s own Tom Stienstra, would soon release the trophy sized fish, just in time for the kids fishing day over the coming weekend.

During the General Membership meeting, held at the Axe and Rose, a delightful gastropub in nearby McCloud, a delicious lunch of a variety of specialty items was served up. OWAC Californian of the Year, Ray Murray addressed the group with a presentation on the National Park Service entitled “A Closer Look”.

Craft Improvement sessions by Lee Foster, a new OWAC member (welcome aboard Lee!), and Kevin Othman, the Professional Outdoor Media Association Executive Director, centered on developing opportunities, improving practices, and monetizing outdoor communications.

Later in the afternoon, back at Mt. Shasta Resort, a cocktail reception led to the buffet banquet, followed by OWAC’s Excellence in Craft Awards 2019. A list of winners follows in this newsletter. The excellent raffle, run by OWAC Secretary, Carol Martens, brought in a record amount of funds for our general account thanks to generous donations by those in attendance. A special thanks to POMA Executive director and speaker, Kevin Orthman for his generosity.

Tuesday’s activities included hiking trips to view several waterfalls, river and lake fishing, touring local communities, wildlife photography at a reserve, and rafting down river near the town of Yreka, all within the Siskiyou county area.

The evening dinner and social took us to the Belcampo Farms compound in the town of Gazelle. Farm director, James Rickert, says, “since 2012, Belcampo has been reinventing how things are done in the meat industry to bring you the best Organic, pasture raised, grass-fed meat and sustainable poultry possible.” The meal, along with some incredibly creative cocktails, wine and beer from local sources, set the tone for a very warm and convivial gathering.

Activities at the farm included a cooking demonstration (Spatchcocking!) and a reading and presentation by best-selling author, Pam Houston. The amazing dinner of grilled chicken the size of small turkeys, served with a wide variety of organic vegetables, was followed by the Shirley Miller Photo Contest, run by OWAC’s board members, Josh Asel and Carrie Wilson. Winners are listed in this newsletter.

The visit to Siskiyou County was all too short and will require much further investigation. Several attendees have returned already to find out more about the area. The toughest part of the trip was having to leave and head back down the I-5 for the long trek south. And when the rivers return to normal flows, I will be heading right back up that highway to test the waters in Siskiyou County.

Photo by Bob Semerau

Photo by Meade Fischer

Photo by Bob Semerau

BOB SEMERAU

From OWAC Executive Director, Bob Semerau

Hello fellow OWAC members,

Weather seems to be a constant variable and the storms rolling through Mt. Shasta during our recent conference unsuccessfully attempted to rain on our parade. Sure, it was damp, but we went fishing.

And, it was cold and stormy, but we went on hikes to five waterfalls, and tours of Dunsmuir, then Castle Crags. And raft trips down rivers and wildlife viewing at northern preserves, with a piebald deer spotted.

You get the point that despite mother nature’s best efforts, we had a ball up at Siskiyou County and the sights we took in and the activities we experienced will be with us for years to come.

The folks at Discover Siskiyou, led by young local, Kory Hayden, adjusted schedules, made arrangements and re-arrangements, and generally moved mountains to make our stay something special.

Awards were handed out to our top writers, photographers, internet gurus and outdoor media stars. A bright new star was crowned with Bishop’s own, Gigi de Jong, being named as Writer of the Year.

The craft improvement sessions were both rewarding professionally and interesting personally. And the chicharron served at the Axe and Rose in quaint, McCloud, was a delightful start to a great lunch.

A few new board members were elected as some terms were ended.

Corporate member Scott Brown and FCA supplied us with a couple of incredible vehicles including an all-new JEEP Grand Cherokee which I personally drove to and from the event. Thanks, Scott for the great rides and the continued support!

In other news, we still are working on conference locations for fall 2019 and spring 2020 but have some irons heating in the flames.

Here’s hoping your travels are smooth and life gives you all you desire along the way.

Bob Semerau

Executive Director

Outdoor Writers Association of California

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Board of Directors

Bob Semerau

Executive Director

Carrie Wilson

President

 

Carol Martens

Secretary

Members at Large

Betsy Crowfoot

John Williamson

Gigi de Jong

Josh Asel

Chris Langley

Peter Schroeder

Barbara Steinberg

Tom Martens

John Poimiroo

 

 

 

Siskiyou’s laughing waters

by

Barbara L. Steinberg

Waterfalls. They are mystical and magical. Their size and strength are sometimes terrifying; their beauty: tranquilizing and hypnotic. Who hasn't dreamed of showering in their chilling spray or swimming in an emerald pool; or longed to track the water's ancient origins in search of a quiet resting place? In Siskiyou County, there are memorable waterfalls to match any you have imagined.

Abundant winter rains and a melting snow pack will have waterfalls exploding with water.

Springtime is generally the best time to view these natural wonders as many falls dry-up in the summer heat due to decreased water flows. But during the right winters, waterfalls come crashing back to life. The Native Americans called them "laughing waters." This year, Siskiyou’s waterfalls are giggling, chortling, screaming, and lifting their voices in tumultuous laughter.

Siskiyou County is waterfall rich. McCloud Falls (upper, middle and lower) are 5.9 miles east of the town of McCloud and can be reached by following the signs to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fowlers Campground located on the Upper McCloud River. The three falls are within two miles of each other and Upper McCloud Falls is accessible by car. There is fishing and a natural swimming hole on Hwy. 89. Near Mount Shasta city, Ney Springs Canyon Trail and Faery Falls are easily accessed. The 1.5-mile round-trip hike to Faery Falls passes through the 19th-century ruins of Ney Springs Resort. Located near Dunsmuir Dunsmuir are Hedge Creek Falls and Mossbrae Falls. Hedge Creek is well marked and has a picnic area near the base. The trail leads visitors beneath the falls and, a short distance away, views of the Sacramento River. Mossbrae is fed by melting water from the glaciers on Mount Shasta. Considered one of the most scenic waterfalls in California, hiking to the falls is trespassing with fines as much as $300. For additional information, contact: Discover Siskiyou.

 

President’s Message

Wow! Even though I’m back on the beach, I’m still basking in the “mountain high” from our fantastic spring conference in beautiful Siskiyou County. If you were there, I’m sure you can relate.

And even though we had some rain, spirits remained high throughout. Our mighty hosts from “Discover Siskiyou” – Kory, Niki, Megan, Heather and Abby – created an A+ and jam-packed itinerary for us, including countless activities and opportunities to fully experience all the natural beauty, history, culture and outdoor experiences to be found in this impressive and pristine wonderland.

In addition to the great craft improvement and newsmaker speakers at the conference, I was especially happy to see and meet lots of new members, and many had traveled from quite a distance.

We had a nice turnout, especially considering that Siskiyou County is located in the northernmost part of the state, which meant a long drive for most members. Some folks drove 12-14 hours, but I didn’t hear any complaints. Our newest member who traveled the farthest was also one of our craft improvement speakers – Kevin Orthman, Executive Director of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. He came all the way from Nashville, Tennessee!!

Thanks to the tremendous efforts and organization of so many outdoor excursions during the conference, as well as all of the pre- and post-trips, our members left with plenty of story material and photos to spread their good word far and wide. In addition, the food and the lodging at the Mt. Shasta Resort was top notch!!

I think our members will agree that thanks to our outstanding Discover Siskiyou hosts, guides and sponsors, this was likely the best conference we’ve ever attended! And prior to this conference, I’m betting few Californians realized what a scenic and pristine outdoor wonderland lies in this northernmost region of the state. If not, after our visit, Siskiyou County is likely to be on the maps and bucket lists of lots of new folks searching for unique adventures while creating memories that will last a lifetime. I know I will be back very soon!

  Carrie Wilson, OWAC President

 
 

Taking Control of Your Income

By John Poimiroo

With traditional sources of outdoor journalism income declining, travel and outdoor writers are taking control of their income by monetizing communications channels. That’s the message Lee Foster conveyed at the OWAC Spring Conference in Siskiyou County where he talked about ways to monetize websites and blogs. Here are highlights of what he said:

Google Adsense - The first and easiest thing each of us can do to generate income is to add Google Adsense to our websites, “correctly.” There are a number of YouTube videos that explain how to do this. Google one of these videos, set up Google Adsense and for every 200 users visiting your site, you’ll get $1 in compensation from Google.

 Private Ads and Sponsorships - Ads generated by Google Adsense are “public” ads, generated by Google. However, private ads and sponsorships can generate many times the income of Adsense. My site, CaliforniaFallColor.com, uses this approach. I sell sponsorships to fall color destinations in the same way that newspapers sell advertising space in their travel section to destinations. However, these ads run all year long for one price and include additional benefits, such as: whenever a report from a sponsor is posted, I place the sponsor’s banner ad below the blog and link it to their website, special reports and featured positioning (most-recently posted) are provided to sponsors, and reporting sponsors can get included in weekly fall color reports and best of the week photos sent to over 500 news, weather, travel and outdoor media.

Affliliate Marketing - In affiliate marketing, you invite a retailer to link from your website to its website and you receive a commission for each transaction generated by your site. Most marketplace sites require an affiliate to generate 10,000 user sessions a month to be linked.

Here are some examples:

·        Amazon.com - https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

·        Bass Pro – https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/affiliate-program

·        B&H Photo Video - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/affiliates.jsp?cm_sp=Footer-_-Company%60Info-_-AffiliatePgm

·        Booking.com - https://www.booking.com/affiliate-program/v2/index.html

·        Google Shopping - https://www.google.com/appserve/fb/forms/googleshoppingaffiliates/

·        Nikon Owner Magazine - https://www.nikonownermagazine.com/affiliates/

·        Orvis - https://www.orvis.com/s/orvis-affiliate-program-information/37

·        REI - https://help.rei.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/44/~/affiliate-program.

It’s important to only link a few, “relevant” affiliates to your site. Don’t overwhelm readers with too many affiliates.

Online Marketplace – Outdoor writers can add revenue by selling their books and publications, consulting services, public speaking, and itinerary/travel planning services on their websites. What’s needed is an online marketplace. Most website platforms, like Wordpress, offer online selling plug-ins (e.g., WooCommerce) that can be added to your website, easily.

Independent Publishing Amazon.com and IndieBound.org provide writers with profitable options to traditional publishing. This is more than self-publishing, Foster describes it at Independent Publishing, as the result is pure independence from a traditional publisher’s preferences, costs and limitations.

Social Media - Instagram, Facebook and Twitter should be used to drive users to your profit-making website. Example (Facebook): Fall color will peak this weekend at North Lake in Bishop Creek Canyon (US 395). For the latest report, visit CaliforniaFallColor.com.

 Or (photo of marlin being landed near Cabo San Lucas posted on Instagram): “Trolling two live bait was all John Doe of Ohai needed to land this lunker off Cabo San Lucas. See the top 5 tips to landing Marlin at OWACAnglers.com.”

Content Licensing – Most writers and photographers maintain large archives of past articles and photographs. Today, many sources are searching for well-written or photographed content they can pick up and place in their communications, opening markets for outdoor writers and photographers. Having copyrighted content online is how to open such licensing opportunities.

Paid Assignments – Archiving your work online through your website and through stock agencies can also lead to paid assignments, particularly when an editor or publisher sees that you’re an expert in a particular topic and produce good work.

Influencer Income – The more users that read and view your postings on Social Media, the more influential you become on the internet. That can generate income, such as when Expedia.com contacted Lee Foster and asked him to include a link to “Expedia.com” in a posting about Fisherman’s Wharf. He could write whatever he chose. His social media presence had established to Expedia that he was an influencer with whom they wanted to be associated.

Stock Photography – Foster has 7,000 stock images linked to his website (stockphotos.fostertravel.com) that is fueled by photoshelter.com, an online stock agency used by 80,000 photographers. Images can be purchased for consumer/personal use for $20. Editorial and commercial use pricing is usually negotiated, though Lee also offers direct online purchase. He’s gotten purchases from editors who were searching PhotoShelter for a needed image.

Monetizing – Lee concluded that monetizing a website can fit every way you communicate digitally. Traditional publishing methods are crumbling. More and more, writers need to demonstrate they believe in the value of their content by taking control of their income by being the editor and publisher.

 

Creating Environmental Portraits

 By Josh Asel

There’s an anxiety that comes with making portraits of people. Whether you’re a serious photographer or the person being asked by a stranger to use their iPhone for a quick shot in front of an iconic location, the person who’s portrait is being taken of them is expecting the image to be at least half decent. This time, we’re going to focus mostly on the photographers who us dSLR and mirrorless cameras in order to create a complete image that both you and your subject will be happy with.

            Environmental portraits go beyond taking an image of a person point blank with a high aperture like f/4 or f/2.8, which will produce an extremely narrow field of view with a completely blurred out background with, hopefully, solid bokeh. While these types of images are fun and coveted, they are a dime a dozen and tell virtually nothing about the person in question. Only Master Photographers like Steve McCurry have elevated such photography to an art form that can’t easily be replicated.

 Bringing in the surrounding environment folds a story into the character of the person that, with practice and time, will elevate photos into the next chapter of our own creativity. The environments we chose for our subjects must be a reflection of the individual and their lifestyles. The deeper the connection is with the individual to the environment, the more comfortable and proud they will become in front of the camera, maximizing a genuinely heartfelt portrait.

 Placing a person in their personal environment is only the beginning. Prior to this, extensively researching the environment and the individual’s life will elevate your own understanding of what technical and compositional techniques you will need to create the best image you can. One technical detail that I think is very important is to use a low aperture. Depending on what feels right, anywhere from f/9 to f/22 will bring the surroundings into focus. Remember that background is 50% of the image, but do not make the environment so dominant that it distracts from the main subject. When it comes to lighting, relying on the surrounding light will create the atmosphere, and then try adding a single, external flash aimed far from the subject but pointed at their face to draw attention to specifically their eyes and other facial characteristics. I generally shoot these types of portraits with my camera one or two stops down in shutter speed and my external flash power at 1/8th to 1/4th power output.

 None of this is useful though if you can’t connect with your subject and get them to open up. The soul of any person is shown through their eyes and when you get them to become vulnerable in front of you and your lens, you’ll find the magic. I recommend spending time with them prior to the shoot if you can. Regardless if you can or can’t, during the shoot, hang out with the person! Get to know them as much as you can without using your camera at all. Ask questions about them that are friendly and thought provoking. If you’re successful, you will see a fresh, soulful side of the person that will inject the image with life. Listen to your intuition and you will know when the time is right. 

Camilla Fox, a powerhouse of the Conservation Community, is the Executive Director of Project Coyote. That's why I asked her to wear a red shirt and placed her behind the sun; a reflection of her sheer will and presence.

This is a fisheries Biologist working for a governmental program. This is also the only in situ portrait of the three examples here. While she was taking the temperature and cross-checking it with the permanent thermometer constructed in the tributary, I saw an opportunity to get a great photo with the leaves coming down over her head, pointing towards her while also creating a subframe.

Ariel Greenwood, although young, is the world leader of holistic ranch management. I made this photo of her on the ranch she was managing at the time with her tiny dog Paul, who's hair color nearly perfectly matched the color of light the sunset gave us. While I didn't use this as my final choice for a story I produced called Conservation Matriarchs, getting a genuine smile out of an almost perpetually serious individual, and friend, was an important step in the road to finding the final image.

 

2019 EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT AWARDS CONTEST

Winners

Outdoor Writers Association of California 

1. Best Outdoor Medium – An outdoor medium is the whole or any regularly scheduled section that is devoted to outdoor news and feature articles, submitted in any medium (print, online or broadcast).  This is an award to the medium, not to a writer, though writers are encouraged to submit their media for consideration.  Best Outdoor Medium is considered to be one of OWAC’s most prestigious awards. Three examples of the entire outdoor medium or its specific section must be submitted.

Giselle de Jong Bishop Visitor 1st

John Poimiroo California Fall Colors 2nd

Gary Graham BD Outdoors 3rd

2. Best Outdoor News Article- A news article is a straight-forward story, without spin and free of all faction, in which the reporter delivers factual, attributed information that is verifiable, submitted in any medium (print, online or broadcast).

John Poimiroo Aspen Grove Trail 1st

Tom Martens Wild Fire & Fish 2nd

3. Best Outdoor Series - A series of news articles connected by subject and numbered Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc., with thematic unity from start to finish and published consecutively, submitted in any medium (print, online or broadcast).

Giselle de Jong Bishop Visitor 1st

4. Best Outdoor Newspaper Feature Story - A newspaper feature is a story that covers a select issue, person or event in depth and usually focus on human-interest elements of a situation, adventure or event, published in a newspaper or on a newspaper website.

Carrie Wilson Butte County Explorers 1st

Denis Peirce From Deckhand to Captain 2nd

5. Best Outdoor Newspaper Column - A column is regular section of a newspaper or newspaper website that gives the writer’s perspective or opinion, such as an essay or first-person report, often on an issue of the day. Three separate examples of the column must be submitted– this means different columns, printed on different days. Sending only three copies of the same column will result in disqualification.

Tom Stienstra San Francisco Chronicle 1st

Mary West Day Hiker 2nd

Mike Stevens Knee Deep 3rd

6. Best Outdoor Magazine Feature - A magazine feature is an article that covers a selected issue, person or event in-depth and usually focuses on the human-interest elements of a situation, adventure or event, published in a magazine or on a magazine website.

Monica Prelle A Dose of the Outdoors 1st

Gary Graham Millionaire Club 2nd

7. Best Outdoor Magazine Column - A column is a piece of writing that gives the perspective or opinion, such as an essay or first-person report, usually on an issue of the day, published in a magazine or on a magazine website. Three separate examples of the column must be submitted - this means different columns, printed in different issues. Sending only three copies of the same column will result in disqualification.

Tom Martens The Good Fight 1st

Matt Johanson Sierra Splendor 2nd

8. Best Outdoor Newsletter - A newsletter is a report that is published at least three times a year and that contains news or information of interest to a specific group. Three examples of different editions must be submitted.

Gloria Jones Chubasco 1st

9. Best Outdoor Book - This award is specifically for non-fiction and fiction outdoor books other than guidebooks.  It includes, such as: memoirs, novels, history, and photography books. Two copies of each entry must be submitted (to be returned by mail).

Bob Gaines Advanced Rock Climbing 1st

Diana Lindsay Coloring Plants 2nd

Kim Stuart Dangerous Game Animals 3rd

10. Best Outdoor Guidebook - A guidebook (includes travel and how-to books) provides details of a geographic area or a skill, often both, and is published with the intent to be the ultimate information source for that geographic area or skill. Two copies of each entry must be submitted.

Matt Johanson Sierra Summits 1st

Mike McKenna Casting Around 2nd

Diana Lindsay Best Outdoor Guidebook 3rd

11. Best Outdoor Feature Photograph - A feature photo covers a selected issue, person or place, and usually focuses on the human-interest elements of a situation, event or place.

John Poimiroo Seasonal Confetti 1st

John DeGrazio George Whitmore 2nd

12. Best Outdoor Action Photograph - An action photo captures a moment in time, a real-life event or adventure.

Tom Stienstra Lunchtime for Mr. Griz 1st

John DeGrazio Slackline Artist Freddie 2nd

Jim Niemiec South Ranch Honker 3rd

Susan Colby Paddling in Paradise 4th

13. Best Outdoor Photographic Series - A series is a formal connection of photographs with thematic unity from start to finish and published as a single work. Not less than three, nor more than five photographs in a series can be submitted.

Giselle de Jong Peak Flows-Owens Valley 1st

Susan Colby Society Islands Escape 2nd

John Poimiroo Sacramento Last Leaves 3rd

14.  Best Outdoor Radio Show Short Format - A regularly broadcast or podcast feature covering the outdoors from 1- 5 minutes in length.  Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.

Tom Stienstra Elk Revival 1st

15.  Best Outdoor Radio Show Medium Format - A radio show is any broadcast of more than 10 minutes but less than one-half hour or longer in length.  Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.

Jack Eidt Eco Justice Radio 1st

16. Best Outdoor Radio Show - A radio show is any broadcast of one-half hour or longer in length.  Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.

John Henigin Fish Hunt Talk Radio 1st

John DeGrazio Yosemite Can-O-Peaches 2nd

17. Best Outdoor Radio Feature – A single radio feature is any broadcast or podcast of 1 to 10 minutes in length. No winning entry.

18. Best Outdoor TV Show Segment- A TV show segment is any broadcast of 1 to 15 minutes in length, regularly incorporated into a larger TV show.  Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted. No winning entry.

19. Best Outdoor TV Show - A TV show is any broadcast of 15 minutes or longer in length.  Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.No winning entry.

20. Best Outdoor TV Show Feature - A TV show story or segment of less than 15 minutes broadcast once as part of a larger program. No winning entry.

21. Best Outdoor Video Short – A video short is any broadcast or Internet feature of one to five minutes in length.

John Poimiroo Giving Thanks 1st

22. Best Outdoor Video Medium – A video short is any broadcast or Internet feature of more than 5 minutes but less than 15 minutes in length. No winning entry.

23. Best Outdoor Video Standard– A video short is any broadcast or Internet feature of more than 15 minutes in length. No winning entry.

24. Best Outdoor Internet Site – An Internet site is any website, application software or mobile app, accessible through the World Wide Web.  The entire outdoor section of the site is judged. Note: Website entries should be for the entire website, not just a single page.The submitter must have complete design, content management, imagery and maintenance authority – the submitter does not need to have completed the technical programming, can but does not have to, but he/she should be recognized as the manager of the site.

John Poimiroo Calif. Fall Colors 1st

Chad Woods NorCal Fish reports 2nd

25. Best Outdoor Internet Article – An Internet article is an individual feature story, column or news report published solely on an Internet site.

Monica Prelle There's No Running 1st

Greg Niemann Hotel Serenidad 2nd

26. Best OWAC Conference-related Work - Conference-related work is any work (print, web, photographic, video or broadcast) based on participation at any previous OWAC conference published or broadcast during 2017. No winning entry.

27.  Phil Ford Humor Award - The Phil Ford Humor Award, named after OWAC charter member Phil Ford, honors work that exemplifies Phil’s style of capturing the outdoor world with a wink and a grin.

Matt Johanson Internet Dating for Climbers 1st

Mike Stevens Tackle Shopping Torture 2nd

John Poimiroo Orange Friday 3rd

28. John Reginato Conservation Award - The John Reginato Conservation Award is named after OWAC co-founder John Reginato and exemplifies his life-long passion to conserve fish, wildlife and other outdoor resources. 

Tom Martens Cannabis Impact on Fish 1st

Gary Graham A Glimmer-Beacon 2nd

John Henigin Fish Hunt Talk Radio 3rd

29. OWAC Writer of the Year – OWAC members cannot apply for this award.  It is selected by the judges from winners of categories 1 – 28.

Gigi de Jong

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to our judges and dedicated staff for making this and excellent contest.

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