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Individual member benefits

Outdoors Unlimited
Outdoors Unlimited is a bimonthly magazine that is distributed in print to members, with additional online content available between printings. Find craft improvement stories, industry supporter news tips, letters to the editor, jobs, conservation news, new technology tidbits and more.

Annual Conference
Join us May 23-25, 2014, in McAllen, Texas. Attend seminars on writing, photography, book publishing, technology, newsmakers and more. Or get outside gear testing at Demo Day and Shooting Day. Improve your work and network your skills and services. To learn more about our 2012 conference and register, visit our conference site: http://www.owaa.org/2014conference.

Jobs and selling your work
Do you have stories or photos to sell? Locate buyers via OWAA’s online Outdoor Market listings. OWAA lists various outdoor publishers’ needs and current job listings.

Membership Directory
Each year, OWAA publishes a complete membership directory with members’ biographical listings, plus masthead editors, radio and television broadcasters, videographers, newspaper affiliations and much more. Connect with other communicators in your area or across the country.

National Headquarters
Offers information, liaison services and assistance with business problems.

Request a membership list
Members are entitled to four uses of the membership email list per year free of charge. Additional uses are available for a nominal fee. Get the word out about your work or upcoming projects.

Excellence in Crafts contests
Up to $17,000 is awarded each year to members who compete in OWAA’s Excellence in Craft contests. Complete contest rules and entry forms are published annually in a fall issue of Outdoors Unlimited and on OWAA’s EIC contest website. The 2013 EIC contests are open now.

Assistance
Having a hard time getting paid by a publisher or vendor? OWAA helps settle disputes that arise during the course of doing business.

Exclusive member benefits
Members receive exclusive member benefits and discounts from select OWAA industry supporters, and discounts on car rentals and hotels.

Fellowships
Since its inception in 1994, the John Madson Fellowship has provided OWAA members with more than $10,000 in funding to continue their education in the outdoor communications field. The Fellowship can provide funding for individuals to participate in OWAA programs, such as the annual conference or the Goldenrod Writing Workshop, as well as outside continuing education opportunities. Application details are updated each November.

Scholarships
The Bodie McDowell Scholarship provides grants to assist undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled in institutions of higher learning, pursuing degrees in outdoor communication fields. Application details are each November.

Links to member and supporter websites
Complete lists of OWAA’s individual member and supporting group websites are available in the members-only section of http://www.owaa.org.

Business guidelines
OWAA offers professional standards and business guidelines to assist members with how to properly and ethically conduct their business.

Feature your photos
Members can feature their photos in the “Portfolio” section of Outdoors Unlimited. Full editorial guidelines can found on Outdoors Unlimited Online.

Volunteerism
A chance to participate, as a volunteer, in a variety of OWAA committees that drive, support, grow and determine the direction of the organization. For more information, see our How to Get Involved page.

Promote your book/video
Send OWAA a paragraph about your new book/video for more than 1,000 OWAAers to see in an upcoming issue of Outdoors Unlimited. Submission guidelines and content deadlines can be found on the OU website.

Press credentials
With your membership, receive an official OWAA press card to use at outdoors events.

Publications
Member discounts are available on a number of educational publications and style manuals published by OWAA that focus on outdoor communications. OWAA publications can be purchased from our online store.

Health Insurance
Enjoy health insurance coverage at competitive rates.

Friendships
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all — lifetime friendships with some of the most wonderful folks you’ll ever know.

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Supporting group benefits

Outdoors Unlimited
Outdoors Unlimited is a bimonthly magazine that is distributed in print to members with additional online content available between printings. Find craft improvement stories, industry supporter news tips, letters to the editor, jobs, conservation news, new technology tidbits and more.

Request a membership list
Supporting Groups are entitled to four uses of the membership email list per year, free of charge. Additional uses are available for a nominal fee. Get your latest news and product announcements into the hands of the outdoor media.

Annual conference
Join us May 23-25, 2014, in McAllen, Texas. Annual conference is the best way for Supporting Groups to get face time with OWAA members. Attend sessions; have an informational display; bring demo products for attendees to test; provide digital press material; host a hospitality suite; or sponsor meal, sessions or programs to gain even more access. For more opportunities, conference details are available now.

Promote your group, agency or business
Advertising opportunities are available in Outdoors Unlimited, the annual directory, the conference program and on OWAA’s website. View OWAA’s sell sheet or contact OWAA headquarters for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the annual Excellence in Craft Contests, annual conference and other OWAA programs and events. Sponsorship can provide you with increased access to OWAA members and increased exposure. For more information, contact OWAA headquarters.

National headquarters
Offers information, liaison services and assistance with business problems.

Promote your products, services and events
Submit press releases to OWAA for publication in our Outdoor Alerts on Outdoors Unlimited Online. For larger announcements, contact our Editor about being featured in the Supporter Spotlight. Each Supporting Group is eligible for this annual feature. Full editorial guidelines can be found on the Outdoors Unlimited website.

Publications
Member discounts are available on a number of educational publications and style manuals published by OWAA that focus on outdoor communications. OWAA publications can be purchased from our online store.

Membership directory
Each year, OWAA publishes a complete print directory that includes contact information for all Individual Members and Supporting Groups. Make information about your company’s services available to OWAA members. Also included is information on OWAA masthead editors, radio and television broadcasters, videographers, newspaper affiliations and more to help you identify the member that fits your needs.

Links to member and supporter websites
Searchable list of OWAA’s individual member and supporting group websites are available in the members-only section of http://www.owaa.org.

Discounts
Supporting Groups have access to OWAA discounts on car rentals and hotels, and have the opportunity to advertise media discounts to OWAA members.

Health Insurance
Enjoy health insurance coverage at competitive rates.

Friendships
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all — lifetime friendships with some of the most wonderful folks you’ll ever know.
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