Apply now to join OWAA as an individual member or a supporting group. We’re proud to offer our members exclusive benefits to help them grow and develop in their fields. Our individual membership benefits include professional development, professional resources, mentorship and even special discounts and health insurance.

Supporting group members will enjoy access to OWAA’s diverse network of America’s top outdoor communicators — more than 600 of the best and brightest outdoor journalists, editors, writers, broadcasters, photographers, filmmakers and outdoor influencers in the country — to promote their products and services with the outdoor press and receive exclusive exposure opportunities. Supporting groups will even get access to special rates to attend OWAA’s annual conference, gaining more exposure to your audience.

Apply now to join OWAA or renew your membership.

CURRENT MEMBERS: Please click on the Renew/Change black button below to start the renewal process. Then enter your name and email so the system can find your membership details. Note: Enter the same personal information and email address used on your membership in order to sync your details. If this is your first time logging in to the new website (which was launched this summer) you will need to create login credentials for the new site. Visit the login page and click on “sign up.” 

FORMER MEMBERS: If you have had an active membership in OWAA within the past five years, you do not need to reapply. Please select the Renew/Change button instead to reinstate your membership.

NEW MEMBERS: If you are applying for the first time, or if your membership lapsed more than five years ago, select your appropriate membership level box below and click Join to start the application process. Not sure which membership level you fall into? Click here to review info about membership eligibility.

We offer discounts on membership for our senior outdoor communicators as well as a special student rate.



You qualify as an Active Member of OWAA if you meet one of the following:

  1. You have sold and published—in any media—five stories, articles, photographs, videos or illustrations on outdoor-related topics in the past year.
  2. You have published a book or worked on an income-producing film or any form of audio on outdoor-related topics in the past five years.
  3. You are a full-time outdoor communicator in any media. 
  4. You are a citizen journalist who writes for a blog or other digital media that is updated with original content at least twice a month and receives 500 AUVs (Average Unique Views) per month over a 12-month period, or generates income.
If you do not qualify for Active membership, you can apply for Associate membership.

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