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2016 Youth Journalism Contest Results

Nine young, aspiring writers and photographers from across Louisiana were judged winners in the 2016 Youth Journalism Contest announced on August 13, 2016 at the banquet that headlines the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s annual conference.

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, 15 years old, “The Sunrise of Jackson Point”

Second Place: Robby Ferrante, 16 years old, “Last Light: A Long Night with My First Deer”

Third Place: Bradford Morrison, 15 year old, “The Turkey’s Secret Weapon”



First Place: William Morrison, 13 year old, “Backyard Bow Hunting”

Second Place: James Corley Sanders, 11 years old, “Just Take a Hike”

Third Place: Cameron Balfantz 8 years old, “My First Turkey Kill”



First Place: Ava Lemoine, 11 years old, “Pelicans on University Lake”

Second Place: Bradford Morrison, 15 year old, ”Three Months ’til teal Season”

Third Place: Robby Ferrante, 16 years old, “Not Your Average Crawfish”


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

2016 YJC Award Winners

2016 YJC Award Winning Photos