How to unlock your potential as an outdoor media professional with OWAA

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If you’re an outdoor professional like a freelance journalist,  photographer, podcaster, blogger, full-time employee of an outdoor-related organization, you may benefit from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA)—by elevating your career and connecting with like-minded professionals. 

Your individual media membership gives you a rich tapestry of resources, networking opportunities and mentorship programs. The organization is the definitive platform for outdoor communicators (like you) to flourish and establish themselves as industry leaders.

Gain networking and professional development

Imagine rubbing shoulders with top-notch outdoor communicators from across the country, exchanging ideas and forging valuable connections. OWAA offers you precisely that. Through its comprehensive membership directory and signature annual conference (this year in El Paso, Texas), you can network, attend informative sessions, test new gear and immerse yourself in the outdoor media community.

As a member, you’ll receive an annual subscription to Outdoors Unlimited magazine (produced quarterly). This award-winning publication gives you a wealth of industry insights, craft improvement articles, editor connections and more. Additionally, access to archives of past Outdoors Unlimited issues and webinars empowers you to continually sharpen your professional skills.

“I’ve been in a number of writer groups — travel writers, baseball writers, pro football writers, motorsports writers — and so far OWAA is far, far better than all of them in terms of welcoming, declaring and pursuing its mission, etc.”

– Matt Crossman 

Showcase your work and gain recognition

OWAA provides a platform to showcase your work through Outdoors Unlimited and exclusive invitations to destination press trips. With an OWAA press card in hand, you’ll gain access to coveted outdoor industry events — amplifying your presence and opening doors to new opportunities.

OWAA’s annual Excellence in Craft contest offers cash prizes and recognition for outstanding work. The John Madson Fellowship funds give members opportunities to receive additional continuing education opportunities.

Enjoy mentorship and support

Navigating the world of outdoor media can be daunting, especially for newcomers. That’s where OWAA’s mentorship program steps in. You can connect with seasoned professionals who can offer you guidance, feedback and valuable insights to help you navigate your career path effectively.

OWAA is committed to fostering the next generation of outdoor communicators through scholarships and youth writing awards, ensuring a vibrant and diverse future for the industry.

Get exclusive benefits and discounts

As an OWAA member, you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts from select industry supporters, including special rates on travel, gear, and professional services. Additionally, OWAA leverages its collective purchasing power to provide affordable health insurance plans for freelancers and small business owners, ensuring peace of mind as you pursue your passion.

“Thank YOU. The connections, opportunities and affiliation with OWAA has far surpassed my expectations. Plus, I absolutely love the people!”

– Anietra Hamper

Join the OWAA community today

Now is the perfect time to join OWAA.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your journey in outdoor media, OWAA offers the resources, support and connections you need to thrive. Don’t miss out on this chance to elevate your career and make a lasting impact in the outdoor industry.

Learn more about OWAA’s individual membership

$195 Annual Membership for Individual Members

You qualify if you meet one or more of the following: 

You sold and published five outdoor-related articles, photos, videos or illustrations in the past year. 

You produced an outdoor book, film, television show or radio program on outdoor-related topics in the past five years.

You are a full-time outdoor communicator in any media. 

You are a digital publisher that produces original content at least twice a month, receives 500 Average Unique Views per month annually, and generate regular income. 

Ready to take the next step? Click here to learn more about membership benefits and join the community of passionate outdoor communicators today. 

Your adventure begins here!

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