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The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 67th annual conference, Aug. 10-11 in Chalmette. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2012 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2012 competition were judged by members of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.

The winners and sponsors of the 2012 EIC competition by category:

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st Chris Holmes: Chandeleur Shark

2nd Deborah Burst: Knee Deep in Alligators

3rd Jerald Horst: Mustard Boiled Crawfish

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


Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st John Flores: Delta Young Guns

2nd Steve McNemar: Retrieving Memories

3rd Butch Thurmond: The Harvest

Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Category 5 Outdoors


Newspaper Article

1st John Flores: What are the chances?

2nd Lyle Johnson: Noodles, but not Pasta

3rd John Flores: My Summer with Elizabeth

Sponsor: Louisiana Sportsman Magazine


Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Paradise Louisiana Team: Chris Macaluso, Gary Krouse, Chris LeCoq–Episode broadcast Feb. 16, 2012 – “Vanishing Paradise”

2nd Glynn Harris: Episode broadcast Jan. 27, 2012 – “Gene Amons”

3rd Hunt Fish Talk Team: Wendy Billiot, Don Dubuc, Lyle Johnson, Steve McNemar-Episode broadcast April 21, 2012

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter


Electronic Media

1st John Flores: Making Headcounts – One Strand at a Time

2nd David Moreland: Mast Boom Means Boom for Wildlife

3rd Wendy Billiot: Two Years and 11 Crosses Later

Sponsor: CCA Louisiana


Black and White Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Strong and Capable

2nd Jerald Horst: Gotcha

3rd Lyle Johnson: Intensity in the Duck Blind

Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society & General Motors


Color Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Mother’s Love

2nd Rex Caffey: Luring Leviathans

3rd Jerald Horst: Stuffing the Box

Sponsor: LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation



1st Jerald Horst: Game Warden – On Patrol in Louisiana

2nd Jerald Horst: The Louisiana Seafood Bible – Crawfish

3rd David Moreland: Louisiana Whitetails

Sponsor: Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

2012 Excellence in Craft Award Winning Photos