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2005 LOWA Excellence in Craft Sponsors and Winners

Sponsored by the Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a proud member of LOWA and would like to invite active and supporting members to visit Terrebonne Parish and discover why we are called the Heart of America’s Wetland. For more information,
  • First Place: Andy Crawford
  • Second Place: Don Dubuc
  • Third Place: Deborah Burst
Sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, in honor of Julia Trichell
The Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus sponsored this award in loving memory of Julia Trichell, Executive Director of the Monroe/West Monroe CVB and a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
  • First Place: Butch Thurmond
  • Second Place: Chris Holmes
  • Third Place: Deborah Burst
Sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists
The Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists is a diverse group of natural resource specialists such as wildlife biologists, wetland scientists, botanists, foresters, fisheries biologists and students of those and associated fields Working at universities, state and federal agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations, and private enterprises, LAPB members strive to enhance the management of Louisiana’s natural resources through research, proven management techniques, influencing public policy, and mentoring young professionals.
  • First Place: Chris Holmes
  • Second Place: Butch Thurmond
  • Third Place: Andy Crawford
Sponsored by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau
The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau is the gateway to tourism information for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. The Cajun Coast is a sampler of everything Louisiana offers, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that’s the heart of Cajun hospitality. Explore the exotic beauty of the Atchafalaya on a swamp tour. Visit our antebellum homes, plantations and historic communities. Explore our museums. Try your luck at the casino. For more information, visit
  • First Place: Todd Masson
  • Second Place: Rusty Tardo
  • Third Place: John Flores
Sponsored by Cajun on the Bayou, LLC
Cajun on the Bayou on Highway 90, just west of the town of Des Allemands, offers the best of Cajun dining, culture and gifts. The Cajun Treasures Gift shop has the area’s largest selection of Cajun music, seasonings, prepared foods, and arts and crafts as well as LSU memorabilia. Swamp cruises are also available. For more information, visit
  • First Place: Butch Thurmond
  • Second Place: Andy Crawford
  • Third Place: Andy Crawford
Sponsored by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, underwritten by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has the mission to manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is a non-profit public, charitable foundation formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources. For more information visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Website.
  • First Place: Lyle Johnson
  • Second Place: Lyle Johnson
  • Third Place: Deborah Burst
Sponsored by Louisiana Charter Boat Association and Louisiana Forestry Association
The Louisiana Charter Boat Association welcomes you to the greatest fishing in the world. Our members are licensed and insured captains who are dedicated to making your trip a great memory. Whether you’re hunting redfish and trout in our coastal areas and marshes, enjoying Louisiana’s world class offshore fishing or casting a line in our many freshwater lakes and bayous-Louisiana has it all! For more information, visit
The Louisiana Forestry Association was formed in 1947 to foster the practice of forestry, to rebuild the state’s cut-over lands, and to build a healthy forest industry. Now, 50 years later, forests cover 48% of the state’s land area and forestry is the second largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana. That is the true Louisiana success story. The Louisiana Forestry Association today is a statewide, private, nonprofit association made up of more then 3,500 members, mostly large and small landowners along with foresters, employees of forest products industries, wood suppliers, loggers and related industries. The mission of the Louisiana Forestry Association is to promote the health and productivity of Louisiana’s forests for present and future generations through the practice of sustainable forestry. For more information on LFA visit
  • First Place: Todd Masson
  • Second Place: Pete Cooper
  • Third Place: Humberto Fontova
Sponsored by Louisiana Sportsman Magazine
Hunting and fishing are among the essential threads that color the unique fabric of Louisiana, and for 25 years, Louisiana Sportsman Magazine has provided the ardent outdoorsmen of the Bayou State with the information they seek to improve their experiences in the field and on the water. For more information, visit
  • First Place: Gary Rispone
  • Second Place: C.T. Williams
  • Third Place: Kevin Ford