CONTESTS AND AWARDS

OWAA is proud to recognize our talented and dedicated outdoor communicators of all ages through annual contests and awards. Here you’ll find more information about the contests and awards we sponsor as well as links to additional information about eligibility and how to enter.

Excellence in Craft Contest

NOTE: The EIC contest has closed and will open again in the late fall.

Since 1965*, OWAA’s annual Excellence in Craft (EIC) Contest has allowed the association’s members to enter their best works from the previous year. There are multiple categories for various media and subject matter and each category is judged by an independent and expert panel. Winners are announced during the annual conference, where certificates and cash prizes are awarded.

The entry process for the EIC Contest begins in mid-November and is managed by OWAA Supporting Group, Submittable.com.  The final book deadline is in early December, while all other submissions should meet the deadline of Jan. 31. Click here for complete guidelines and to apply.

Thanks to Henry Repeating Arms for their sponsorship of the Hunting/Shooting Sports Category, to Friesens for their support of the Book Category, Rails to Trails Conservancy for supporting the Radio/Podcast category, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation for their sponsorship of the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education Category, and The PEW Charitable Trusts for their support of the Conservation/Nature category! The support of brands like these is critical to help keep this program running year after year and provides additional prizing for category winners.

*The first known mention of such an OWAA contest was in 1965 when the DuPont Corporation and Sports Fishing Industry, “Collaborated in setting up an OWAA writing awards program.” Rules of the program were drafted by OWAA to ensure that the subject matter was “idealistic in nature, without obvious commercial overtones.” 

Two winners of the OWAA Excellence in Craft award pose with plaques
Photo by Lisa Densmore Ballard

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards & OWAA Student Photo Contest

These contests are now open for submissions – through January 31, 2022!

Through the Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards and the OWAA Student Photo Contest, OWAA rewards budding writers and photographers who capture the outdoors. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners in both categories, split over two age groups (high school seniors and juniors and college students). Entries must have been created during 2021. Entries are judged by outdoor media professionals and winners are announced in May. Prizes for all categories are awarded as such: 

  • 1st – $200
  • 2nd – $100
  • 3rd – $50

Each winner will receive a yearlong OWAA Student Membership ($25 value), have their name included in a nationally distributed press release and have their story/photo included in OWAA’s magazine Outdoors Unlimited.

Entries may be submitted between September 1 and January 31 via OWAA Supporting Group Submittable.com. Click here to learn more and enter (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards Rules

OWAA Student Photo Contest Rules

CONTEST SPONSORSHIPS

Excellence in Craft Contests

Show your support and associate your company’s brand with excellence in outdoor communications. EIC awards are given in several media and subject categories and represent OWAA members’ very best work. Your benefits can include:

  • Podium time at the annual conference’s EIC Award Party (for full sponsors)
  • Company representative invited to attend, be acknowledged and present awards to contest winners at OWAA’s annual conference
  • Photo opportunities with contest winners at ceremony
  • Sponsor recognition in OWAA’s bimonthly magazine
  • Sponsor logo featured on the EIC page of the OWAA website
  • Sponsor inclusion in press releases announcing contest winners

Full sponsorship costs $4,400 while a multiple-brand co-sponsorship is $2,200.

For details and specific benefit levels, please review the OWAA Contest Sponsorship Information. Contact OWAA headquarters at info@owaa.org for current availability.

Two rows of winners of the OWAA Excellence in Craft award pose with plaques
A young girl fishes from an inflatable raft
Photo by Lisa Densmore Ballard

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards

To encourage young writers in communicating the outdoor experience, annual cash awards are offered as part of the OWAA Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards. Sample benefits include:

  • Sponsor recognition in OWAA’s bimonthly magazine
  • Sponsor logo featured on the youth writing awards page of the OWAA website
  • Sponsor inclusion in press releases announcing contest winners

Full sponsorship costs $2,200 while a multiple-brand co-sponsorship is $1,100.

For details and specific benefit levels, please review the OWAA Contest Sponsorship Information. Contact OWAA headquarters at info@owaa.org for current availability.

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