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Eleven Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) members were recognized for their contributions during LOWA’s 65th annual conference Aug. 6-7, 2010 in Covington. The honorees were selected for awards in the organization’s 2010 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence under eight categories of outdoor-related communication, has been held continuously since 1945.  To ensure objectivity, all entries were judged through an external and anonymous review process involving Southeast Outdoor Press Association members.

LOWA has both active and supporting members. Active membership is qualified by productivity in outdoor communication.  Active membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers, lecturers, and public relations specialists.

The winners and sponsors of the 2010 EIC contest are listed below.

LOWA 2010 Excellence in Craft Winners and Sponsors

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st   Paula Ouder, “Doing More than ‘Carping’ about an Invasive Species”

2nd  Deborah Burst, “Art of Fly Fishing”

3rd    Wendy Billiot, Bands of Gold”

Co-Sponsors: Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists


Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st John Flores, “Acadiana Sunrise Symphony-The Annual Bird Migration”

2nd Terry L. Jones, “Low Lake, High Dividends”

3rd  Jerald Horst, “The Lady and the Kid”

Co-Sponsors: Louisiana Charter Boat Association and Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana


Newspaper Article

1st  Glynn Harris, “A Big Gobbler and A Bigger Jerk”

2nd Lyle Johnson, “Time”

3rd John Flores, “Hunter’s Story Provides Inspiration”

Co-Sponsors: Lake Charles-Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau and Louisiana Forestry Association


Broadcast (radio or television)

1st  Glynn Harris, “If Only . . .”

2nd Glynn Harris, “Simon Sez . . .”

3rd  James Guice & Lyle Johnson, “Ascension Outdoors: EASL Rodeo”

Co-Sponsors: Louisiana Charter Boat Association, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and National Wild Turkey Federation


Electronic Media

1st  Wendy Billiot, “Something’s Fishy”

2nd Glynn Harris, “A Big Gobbler and a Bigger Jerk”

3rd  Don Dubuc, “Watch out for Those Flying Carp”

Sponsor: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation; and Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee


Black and White Still Photograph

1st  John Flores, “Diligence – Honor – Determination”

2nd John Flores, “Old Man Warrior and His Sea”

3rd  Jerald Horst, “Yellowmouth Cur”

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation


Color Still Photograph

1st  Butch Thurmond, “Osprey”

2nd  Butch Thurmond, “Almost Got Away”

3rd  Jerald Horst, “Sabiki Rig and Offshore Platform in Background”

Sponsor: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation


Topical Article on Coastal Wetland Protection/Restoration (more than 750 words)

1st  Wendy Billiot, “Rantings of a Restoration Junkie”

2nd  Paula Ouder, “The Law of Change”

3rd   Lyle Johnson, “Where the Grass is Greener”

Sponsor: Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee

2010 Excellence in Craft Award Winning Photos