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2017 Youth Journalism Contest Results

Seven young, aspiring writers and photographers from across Louisiana were judged winners in the 2017 Youth Journalism Contest announced on August 12, 2017 at the banquet that headlines the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s annual conference.  This year’s awards banquet was held in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Several among the young students, who range in age from 8 to 16 years old, have climbed the ladder after one or more years of entering essays and, or in some cases, photographs. There are three categories, Senior Essay, Junior Essay and Photography.

All youngsters received cash awards and certificates for their accomplishments. The YJC is sponsored by Louisiana members of Safari Club International, LOWA and The Advocate.

The complete list of winners, their ages, story/photo title, school and hometown included:


First place – Reese Blakeney, Age 16, “A Better Squirrel Dog”

Second Place – James Corley Sanders, Age 12,”Gobble, Gobble, Gone!”

Third Place (tie) – Bradford Morrison, Age 16, “Superman versus Spiderman”

Third Place (tie) – William Morrison, Age 14, “The Brave Hunter”   



First Place – Robby Ferrante, Age 17, “Splendor in November”

Second Place – Bradford Morrison, Age 16, “Osprey Home Improvement”

Third Place – William Morrison, Age 14, “Little Bird”



First Place – Ben Wroten, Age 9, “In the Tall Grass”

Second Place – Hope Lemoine, Age 8, “Suppertime”

Third Place – James Corley Sanders, Age 12, “Gone Fishing” 

 For more information, contact LOWA YJC Chairman, Joe Macaluso at

YJC Chairman, Joe Macaluso with the YJC winners.  Front row–Ben Wroten, Hope Lemoine.  Back row left to right, James Corley Sanders, Robby Ferrante, Bradford Morrison, William Morrison and Reese Blakeney

LOWA 2017 YJC Winners

2016 YJC Award Winning Photos