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Annual EIC contests now open, submit clips and win!

MISSOULA, Mont. – Annually, the Outdoor Writers Association of America recognizes the best communicators from across the country in the OWAA Excellence in Craft contests. The 2012 contests are now open.

Dec. 1, 2011 is the deadline for the Book/E-book contest. Early bird deadline for all other contests is Jan. 9, 2012.

With 10 contests and 48 categories, there’s something for every outdoors communicator, from news reporter to feature photographer to online radio show host! Be rewarded for all your hard work.

What’s in it for you? Bragging rights. A cash purse worth up to $15,000. More than 50 cash prizes. First place in a sponsored contest is worth up to $500. And first-place winners receive free 2012 conference registration, valued at $249.

The 2012 contests reflect recent changes, as approved during the Board of Directors summer meeting. Many of the rules used in the former contests will be incorporated, such as categories needing a minimum number of entries to be judged.

The contests will continue with the new digital online entry system first instituted in 2011. For entries submitted this way, the entry fee is $10 per submission, as it has been for the past few years. The 2012 rules return the option for entries to be submitted via postal mail (for example, magazine clips instead of PDFs submitted online); postal submissions are $20 each. The increase excludes books, CDs and DVDs. The fee increase covers admin costs for digitizing paper entries.

To view the complete list of contests and rules, visit

OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Robin Giner, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434,;

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