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2018 Outdoor Media Climate Challenge

$10,000 Grand Prize

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Outdoor Writers Association of America is facilitating and judging the 2018 Outdoor Media Climate Challenge curated by Conservation Hawks. This contest is designed to recognize and reward media members who share an accurate, compelling climate message with hunters & anglers in the Southeastern U.S. 

The Contest
The Outdoor Media Climate Challenge is designed to incentivize outdoor media members, including writers, videographers, bloggers, photographers, radio & TV personalities, etc. to produce and distribute strong, effective climate-focused media content. Contestants can submit as many published stories, articles, blog posts, videos, radio segments, television segments, photo essays, podcasts, etc. as they choose. There is no entrance fee. The judges will grade each entry on the quality of the writing/storytelling as well as how successful it was at educating & engaging Southeastern anglers and hunters on climate change.  

The Prizes
The Climate Challenge is broken down into two categories:

Writing (Magazine, Newspaper, E-zine, Blog, Website, etc.) 
          First prize – $5,000
          Second prize – $3,000
          Third prize – $1,000
          Fourth prize – $750
          Fifth prize – $500
 
Audio/Video/Still Images (Television, Video, Webcast, Radio, Podcast, Photo Essays, etc.) 
          First prize – $5,000
          Second prize – $3,000
          Third prize – $1,000
          Fourth prize – $750
          Fifth prize – $500 

When the winners are determined, Conservation Hawks will also choose a grand prize winner from the two First Prize winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive an additional $5,000, for a $10,000 Grand Prize. 

The Dates
The contest is open from May 1 to February 15, 2019.

The Rules
All entries must be published or aired within the official open dates of the contest. All entries must be published or aired via media platforms that reach, and are accessible to, hunters & anglers in the Southeastern United States. “Published” shall be either in traditional media or on the internet. “Aired” shall be on cable or broadcast TV, on public airwaves or via the internet. All entries must be related to the outdoors, must target hunters, anglers or other related outdoor enthusiasts, and must educate and/or engage sportsmen and women in the Southeast on climate change. Entries must be a professional effort, meaning the contestant has received direct payment or otherwise derived income through advertising or other sponsorship related to the entry. 

The Judges
A panel of judges appointed by OWAA will determine the contest winners.  

Enter the 2018 Outdoor Media Climate Challenge

How to prep written entries

For written entries, we require that all contestants submit a duplicate copy of their entry with their byline and photo credits rendered unreadable. This ensures that our judges treat each entry fairly, and without bias.

If your entry was published online (article or blog):

  1. Have a copy of the article link available – you can include this on the entry form to show proof of byline and publication date.
    1. If a link directly to the article is not available or not publicly available, you will need to upload one PDF with the article including your byline and publish date and a second without the byline. Instructions below.
  2. Create a PDF or JPEG of your entry.
    1. You can print and scan the page OR save as PDF directly from your Web browser. Exact steps depend on type of Internet browser, but generally if you select Print, there should be an often to “Print to PDF” when selecting the appropriate printer from the dropdown menu. Selecting this option will create a PDF of the webpage you are on.
  3. Each file must be less than 10MB in size.
  4. If you do not have a link to your article, save file with byline, etc., visible. If you have a link, skip to step 5.
    1. If your article spans several pages, you can save as a multi-page PDF, but if you do, make sure the file is under 10MB. Otherwise, you can save each page as an individual PDF because on the online entry form, you have the option to upload additional files.
  5. Remove your byline from the PDF you have created.
    1. How to remove byline? You can re-scan the original page after covering byline with sticky note, x-ing out with permanent marker, etc. Or if you are familiar with image-editing software, use Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat or something similar to block out your byline.
  6. When naming files, use descriptive file names to make it easy to find various entries and versions during upload and be sure to remove any special characters such as apostrophes, commas, spaces or symbols.

If your entry was published in a print publication:

  1. Gather your clip.
  2. Scan and save the file type as PDF or JPEG.
  3. Each file must be less than 10MB in size.
  4. First, save file with byline, etc., visible.
    1. If your article spans several pages, you can save as a multi-page PDF, but if you do, make sure the file is under 10MB. Otherwise, you can save each page as an individual PDF because on the online entry form, you have the option to upload additional files.
  5. Create a second PDF’d entry with your byline removed.
    1. How to remove byline? You can re-scan the original page after covering byline with sticky note, x-ing out with permanent marker, etc. Or if you are familiar with image-editing software, use Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat or something similar to block out your byline.

When naming files, use descriptive file names to make it easy to find various entries and versions during upload and be sure to remove any special characters such as apostrophes, commas, spaces or symbols.

How to prep audio/video/still images entries

If your entry is a photo essay:

  1. If the photo essay can be viewed online and includes byline and publish date, that is all that is all that is required to submit the entry.
  2. If the photo essay cannot be viewed online, create low-resolution JPEGs of each photo in the essay.
  3. If your photo essay cannot be view online or the online link does not include your byline and/or publish date, please a JPEG/PDF of the image as it appeared in publication, if applicable. If a tear sheet or visual proof of display is not available, then proof of revenue to the photographer/illustrator or to the charity to which the photographer/illustrator donated the photo art must be submitted. The proof of publication or display must include a photo credit or otherwise show the photographer/illustrator’s name.
  4. Each file must be less than 10MB in size.
  5. When naming files, use descriptive file names to make it easy to find various entries and versions during upload and be sure to remove any special characters such as apostrophes, commas, spaces or symbols.

If you are submitting a broadcast entry:

  1. If the entry can be viewed or heard online and includes byline and publish date, that is all that is all that is required to submit the entry.
  2. If necessary, separate documentation can be uploaded to confirm broadcast date or byline.
  3. If the entry cannot be viewed online, a DVD or CD can be mailed in for the judges, as well as any necessary documentation (such as a letter from the station manager) to confirm broadcast date and byline. The online entry form should still be completed.

If you’re ready to enter the contest, please click the appropriate button and submit the required information and materials. If you have questions, please reference the FAQs below.

Enter a written entry
Enter a audio/video/still images entry


Frequently Asked Questions

General Contest Questions

Do I have to be a member of the OWAA to enter?
No.

Can I send in multiple submissions?
Yes.

What are the actual contest dates?
May 1 to February 15, 2019

If my submission was published in a national magazine or on a national digital platform, is it eligible?
Yes, as long as it’s available to, and relevant to, hunters and/or anglers in the Southeast.

I write for a local paper in the Southeast.  Would a column or a story on climate change qualify?
Yes, as long as it’s written for, or targets, hunters and/or anglers in the Southeast.

Which states qualify as the “Southeast?”
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Could I potentially win more than one cash prize?
Yes, but only if you submit more than one entry.

Technical Questions

My uploaded document is showing up on the form, but there is a red “x” in a circle next to it, does that mean there is a problem with the file?
No – that means the file is done uploading and you may submit the form when ready. If you accidentally uploaded the wrong document or image, you can click the red “x” to remove that uploaded document from the form.

I am getting an “Error 200, HTTP Error” message when trying to upload. Why?
Make sure that you do not have any apostrophes, commas or other special characters in your file names. This creates an error during the upload process. Once these symbols are removed from your file name, you should be able to upload successfully.

My article is multiple pages. How do I get all the pages submitted to you?
Each upload area can handle the upload of multiple pages. Using the “select files” button, you can add each of the pages until all of the pages of your article have been uploaded.

My files are larger than 10MB and I do not know how to reduce the size. How do I submit my entries?
Please note the 10MB limit is per file – if you have multiple files that total up to more than 10MB as a group, that as fine, as long as the individual files are beneath this limit. If any of your files are larger than 10MB, they will not be able to be uploaded on the entry form and in that case please contact info@owaa.org for instructions on submitting large files.

I am confused by this message when I try to submit my entry: “Validation errors occurred. Please confirm the fields and submit it again.”
If you receive an error message when trying to submit an online entry, please double-check to make sure you filled out all required fields, including checkboxes.

What is a PDF and how do I create one?
A PDF is type of digital file. PDFs are required for the EIC contest since they cannot be easily altered , unlike a Word file, which makes them easier to use for judging.

If you only have a hardcopy of an article or a photo, you will need to either get a digital copy of the file from the publisher, editor, etc. or scan your hard copy. If you do not own a scanner, you can make scans at a local library or copy shop, such as Kinko’s. A PDF is the standard file format for scans, so your digital scan should be properly formatted, but you can also double-check with the staff at the library or copy center.

If you have an article or photo that was published online, you can print out the article/photo and then follow the directions above or you can take a screenshot of the article from your computer. This can generally be done by simply pressing the “print screen” button on your keyboard and then pasting the image into a Word document, (For more detailed information on how to take a screenshot, see our most recent editor’s blog posting.) Once you have the image in Word, go to “File” and then “Save As.” On the “Save As” screen, there is option to choose the file type. ( It might say “.doc” or “.docx” at first.) Press the down arrow by this box to see more option and choose the “PDF” file option.

To submit a print article, is it OK if I link to the identical online version of the article? Making JPEG/PDFs from newspapers is very awkward, and you don’t need/want the photos anyway. The online version has the “posted date” and byline.
That works for us!

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