For more than 90 years, OWAA has helped writers, photographers, bloggers and other outdoor storytellers hone their craft. With a membership of more than 600 outdoor media (and 100 supporting brands, destinations and other organizations), OWAA works to improve the professional skills and opportunities of our members and mentor the next generation of outdoor media. A key component of achieving these goals is our annual conference which educates, inspires, shares best practices and establishes meaningful B2B connections.

OWAA’s annual conferences have been held (with some exceptions) since 1928. They bring together hundreds of North American outdoor storytellers, including freelancers, editors, photographers, bloggers and others, as well as destinations, gear brands, and industry partners.

2020 Conference – Virtual

After monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation for several weeks, and careful discussion and consideration of the short-term and long-term implications, the OWAA board decided that the best course of action was to postpone our traditional conference to 2021 and have a virtual event in 2020 (the conference took place June 26-27). Uncertainty over the future of travel in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact led us to conclude that proceeding with the conference would not be responsible.

Our annual conference is the highlight of the OWAA year. It is always our goal to provide a valuable conference experience for our members. We explored every possible option available, and the decision to cancel was not taken lightly. However, the health and well-being of our membership is, and always will be, our number one priority.

OWAA’s 2020 virtual conference offered members and non-members alike an easily accessible chance to improve their skills, collect story ideas and reconnect with familiar faces – all within the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

2021 Conference – Jay Peak Resort, Vermont

Save the dates of October 4-6, 2021 for that year’s conference at beautiful Jay Peak Resort in lovely northern Vermont!

Future Conferences

OWAA staff and volunteers are diving into the proposals to host 2022.

If you know of an outdoor destination that would be interested in hosting the OWAA’s members in the future please direct them to our RFP page

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