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Six OWAA contest winners judged ‘best of the best’

The OWAA President’s Choice Awards honor the best of the best work from a variety of media recognized in the association’s 2015 Excellence in Craft Contests. Past President Mark Freeman judged first-place winners from the 2015 EIC Contests.

This year’s President’s Choice Award winners are:
Magazine/E-zine: Matthew Copeland, of Lander, Wyoming, for “Lessons From the Land,” published in the September 2014 issue of Wyoming Wildlife. Copeland’s article placed first in the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest.

Newspaper/News Website: Tom Stienstra, of McCloud, California, for “Paddling with giants: Humpback whale spectacle in Monterey Bay,” published Aug. 5, 2014, in the San Francisco Chronicle. Stienstra’s article placed first in the Outdoor Fun and Adventure Category of the Newspaper/News Website Contest.

Blog: Matthew Copeland, of Lander, Wyoming, for “Ultra Sensitive,” published Mar. 3, 2014, on Copeland’s blog post placed first in the Humor Category of the Blog Contest.

Radio/Podcast: Dan Small, of Belgium, Wisconsin, for “Red Green on Tour,” broadcast Mar. 22, 2014, on the Outdoor Radio Network – WHBL. Small’s show placed first in the Humor Category of the Radio/Podcast Contest.

Television/Video/Webcast: Brett Prettyman, of Salt Lake City, Utah, for “The Utah Bucket List 2,” broadcast Aug. 11, 2014, on KUED-Channel 7. Prettyman’s segment placed first in the Outdoor Fun and Adventure Category of the Television/Video/Webcast Contest.

Photography: Gary Kramer, of Willows, California, for “Flushing Pheasant,” published October 2014 in Outdoor Life. Kramer’s photo placed first in the Action Category of the Photography Contest.

With much appreciation, OWAA’s board of directors, members and staff thank the 2015 Excellence in Craft sponsors: the National Rife AssociationOcean ConservancyThe Pew Charitable Trusts, and Realtree.

All 2015 Excellence in Craft award recipients are listed online at


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