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Six OWAA contest winners judged ‘best of the best’

OWAA logoThe OWAA President’s Choice Award honors the best of the best work from each type of media recognized in the association’s 2013 Excellence in Craft contests. Past President Mark Taylor judged first-place winners from the 2013 EIC contests. This year’s President’s Choice Award winners are:

Magazine/E-zine: Tom Watson of Appleton, Minn., for “In the Wake of Ancient Fishermen,” published in the February 2012 issue of Fish Alaska Magazine. Watson won first place in the Fishing Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest.

Newspaper/Website: Tom Stienstra of McCloud, Calif., for “Paralyzed athlete Grant Korgan achieves polar goal,” published in the Jan. 26, 2012, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Stienstra won first place in the Outdoor Fun and Adventure Category of the Newspaper/Website Contest.

Blog: Hal Herring of Augusta, Mont., for “Special Report: How I’m Helping to Save the Whitebark Pine, One Seed at a Time,” posted Oct. 18, 2012, on Herring won first place in the Conservation Category of the Blog Contest.

Radio/Podcast: Dan Small of Belgium, Wis., for “Calling All Game with Wayne Carlton,” broadcast Feb. 11, 2012, on Outdoors Radio Network. Small won first place in the Gear/Technical Category of the Radio/Podcast Contest.

Television/Video/Webcast: Bill Sherck of Minneapolis, Minn., for “One Cold Step at a Time,” broadcast Feb. 5, 2012, on Minnesota Bound (NBC-KARE 11). Sherck won first place in the Outdoor Fun and Adventure Category of the Television/Video/Webcast Contest.

Photo: Noppadol Paothong of Columbia, Mo., for “Spring Battle.” Paothong won first place in the Action Category of the Photography Contest.

With much appreciation, OWAA’s board of directors, members and staff thank the 2013 Excellence in Craft sponsors: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Realtree, Crosman Corp., and Outdoor Recreation Company of America.

All 2013 Excellence in Craft award recipients are listed online at


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