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OWAA announces co-recipients of 2015 OWAA John Madson Fellowship

Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that OWAA members Candice Gaukel Andrews and Tristan Baurick have been selected as co-recipients of the 2015 OWAA John Madson Fellowship.

The fellowship is an annual grant program that funds continuing education opportunities for outdoor communicators. This year’s recipients will share the total award of more than $3,100 for reimbursable expenses related to attending educational opportunities of their choice.

Andrews received $1,976 to attend the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographer’s Conference in August in California.
An award-winning writer and five-time book author specializing in environmental issues and nature-exploration topics, Andrews has traveled around the world — from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and from Greenland’s coasts to Patagonia’s steppes — with a reporter’s notebook and DSLR camera in hand. Just beyond the next iceberg or mountain pass, she knows she’ll find the stories and pictures that express the essence of a place. To read her articles and see samples of her nature photography, visit her website at and like her Nature Traveler Facebook page at


Baurick received $1,200 to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in June in Philadelphia.
Baurick, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, is the outdoors and environmental reporter for the Kitsap Sun, a daily newspaper based in Bremerton, Washington. Recent assignments have taken him rafting down the newly-undamed Elwha River, mountain biking with nighttime trail riders and hiking into the wild with a backcountry trail maintenance crew. He was a 2012-13 Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder and just joined OWAA earlier this year.


OWAA’s Madson Fellowship is funded through the John Madson Fellowship Fund, an endowment that thrives primarily through OWAA member contributions and fundraising efforts. Its goal is to enhance professional communication skills for OWAA members and non-members. The fellowship program is designed to honor the legacy of John Madson, one of OWAA’s most talented, respected and honored legends. Applications are evaluated by a committee of past OWAA Jade of Chiefs conservation award winners. More information about the annual fellowship program can be found online at

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