Positioning outdoor media, and their supporters, for success since 1927


2018 OWAA Excellent in Craft contest winner holding a plaque
2018 Excellence in Craft contest winner Amy Bulger

Join OWAA and become part of our community of more than 600 of the best and brightest outdoor communicators in the country.

The OWAA team provides resources to help our members succeed as effective outdoor communicators and establish themselves as industry leaders. When you join OWAA, you gain access to opportunities to make valuable industry connections, sharpen professional skills, showcase work and gain access to in-demand educational resources and invaluable mentorship opportunities. We’re committed to helping you share the outdoor experience and your passion with your target audience.

Our member’s interests and beats range from camping and backpacking to hunting and fishing to kayaking, wildlife watching and mountain climbing—and so much more. Dues are just $150 per year. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re a seasoned professional, there’s something for you at OWAA! 

Want to learn more? Check out OWAA’s Individual Member Benefits.

Questions? Visit our Joining FAQ page or Contact Us


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

  • You have sold and published—in any media—five stories, articles, photographs, videos or illustrations on outdoor-related topics in the past year.
  • 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.
  • You are a full-time outdoor communicator in any media. 
  • 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.
Dues are just $150 per year. 

If you do not qualify for Active Member status, you qualify as an Associate Member if you are paid for some work described above. Dues are just $150 per year. 

If you do not join as an Active or Associate Member and are enrolled in a course of study at the secondary or higher education level, you qualify as a Student MemberDues are just $25 per year. 


Partner with OWAA to optimize your industry exposure

Want to connect with several hundred influencers in the outdoor communications industry? You’re in the right place. OWAA Supporting Groups consist of brands, agencies, tourism boards and organizations who all receive valuable exposure to talented outdoor influencers and communicators across the nation.

As a Supporting Group, you’ll reach OWAA’s Individual Members, who range from innovative early career professionals to seasoned industry experts. They work across every communication medium and cover everything from hunting and fishing, to adventure travel, to biking, to conservation issues and more. Hundreds of our members have been with us more than 20 years.

OWAA’s 100+ Supporting Groups include icons such as L.L. Bean, Patagonia, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Old Town Canoes and Kayaks and the American Sportfishing Association. Our longest standing supporting group has been with us for 75 years — and counting! Join OWAA today and make valuable industry connections that last. Dues are just $500 per year. 

Check out the full list of Supporting Group benefits.

Still have questions? Check out our Joining FAQ’s or contact us.

Boardwalk at Gulf Shores State Park
Boardwalk at Gulf Shores State Park
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