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2024 OWAA Youth Contests Open for Submissions

OWAA leadership, staff, and outdoor media professionals continue to be inspired by the quality of outdoor writing and photography submitted by budding outdoor communicators. And it’s more than just words and images on a page.  “The contest isn’t just about the writing or photography,” said OWAA’s Executive Director Chez Chesak.  “It’s about inspiration. It’s about …

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OWAA names 2023 Excellence In Craft Contest winners 

Writer Christine Peterson Leads Way with Six Awards  OWAA leadership revealed the winners of our 2023 Excellence In Craft (EIC) Contest and the President’s Choice Awards at our annual conference in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Christine Peterson received six awards, while James Smedley, Dan Small and Brent Frazee took home five awards each.  The EIC Contest …

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The Lodge at Gulf Shores Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama rolls out the red carpet for outdoor media in September 2023

The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) conference in Gulf Shores, Alabama September 9-11, 2023 at The Lodge at Gulf State Park promises a dynamic blend of education, camaraderie, and outdoor exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor media professional or an aspiring storyteller, this event’s schedule offers a multitude of reasons to attend. Pre-Tours: Immersion …

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Three outdoor-focused story ideas in and around Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you’re planning to attend the annual OWAA conference this September in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you could make some money during your visit by setting aside time before and/or after the conference to explore, collect story content and sell the work you produce. Here are some story leads to help you turn your time in …

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Bodie McDowell Scholarship paves the way for one outdoor communicator 

Brittney J. Miller is an energy and environmental journalist and Report for AmeriCorps at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has a bachelor’s degrees in journalism and biology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Miller received the Bodie McDowell Scholarship from OWAA in the …

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