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20 reasons to join OWAA…

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 June 24-26, 2017, in Duluth, Minnesota. Attend seminars on writing, photography, book publishing, technology, newsmakers and more. Or get outside gear testing at Breakout Day. Improve your work and network your skills and services. To learn more about our 2017 conference, visit our conference site:

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.

Online Membership Directory
OWAA maintains member and supporting directories with members’ biographical listings and supporting group contact information and resources and much more. Connect with other communicators and outdoor industry representatives 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 use of the membership email list each year free of charge. Get the word out about your work or upcoming projects.

Excellence in Crafts contests
Up to $15,000 is awarded each year to members who compete in OWAA’s Excellence in Craft contests. In 2016, 64 members won awards and the average award was $214 per person! Complete contest rules and entry forms are published annually in a fall issue of Outdoors Unlimited and on OWAA’s EIC contest website. The contests are open year from October 1 – February 1.

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.

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, as well as outside continuing education opportunities. Application details are updated each November.

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.

Webinars and Conference Session Recordings
Archives of past webinars and conference session videos are available, giving you access to wide range of teaching videos to help you continue to improve your craft and expand your markets.

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.

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.

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.

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

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