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Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce Candice Gaukel Andrews and Tristan Baurick as recipients of the 2015 OWAA John Madson Fellowship. The fellowship is an annual grant program that funds continuing education opportunities for outdoor communicators, both members and non-members. 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 a 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 www.candiceandrews.com and like her Nature Traveler Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naturetraveler.
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. A newly minted member, he will use the $1,200 he received to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Philadelphia this June.
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 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 www.owaa.org /programs/scholarships-fellowships/madson-fellowship/.♦