Jiayu “Yuki” Hu and Danielle Taylor each received Madson Fellowships worth $1,174 to attend workshops to hone their outdoor communication skills.
The fellowship is an annual grant program through OWAA that funds continuing education opportunities for both members and nonmembers.
Hu is a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont majoring in film and media culture, and history of art and architecture. She is interested in using photography, film and 3-D animation to tell stories. Hu produced a short film series on cutthroat trout in Wyoming last summer, tracing the fish through the state.
Using her $1,174 fellowship, Hu attended a week-long Documentary Camera workshop in July in Maine. The course is for emerging and professional documentary filmmakers and cinematographers and teaches technical and creative production skills. Hu plans to use the skills she learned at the workshop to tell more outdoor stories through film.
Taylor is a freelance journalist focused on covering adventure, outdoor recreation, conservation, public lands and travel. She is also a newly elected OWAA board member. Taylor spends much of the year on the road in search of intriguing people and places to cover. When Taylor’s not traveling, she lives in rural western Pennsylvania.
Taylor used part of her fellowship to attend OWAA’s conference in Duluth, Minnesota. She will also use a portion of the funds to attend the Outdoor Blogger Summit in October in Arkansas.
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 outdoor communicators. The fellowship program is designed to honor the legacy of John Madson, one of the OWAA’s most talented, respected and honored legends. Applications are evaluated by a committee of past OWAA Jade of Chiefs award winners. More information about the annual fellowship program can be found online at https://www.owaa.org/program/scholarships-fellowships/madson-fellowship/.