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The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 68th annual conference, Aug. 9-10 in Lafayette. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2013 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within seven categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2013 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 2013 EIC competition by category:

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st Jerald Horst          His Mom Made Him Do It

2nd Goosie Guice      Why Do I do this?

3rd Deb Burst             The Lovit Traildogs

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


Magazine Regular Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st Terry Jones:         Pass a Good Time

2nd Terry Jones:        Highway Robbery

3rd John Flores:         Scout’s Promise

SPONSOR:  Louisiana Charter Boat Assn.



1st Lyle Johnson:        Getting Ready

2nd Glynn Harris:       White River Smacks of March Madness

3rd Chris Holmes:       Razorbacks and Diamondbacks

SPONSOR:  Louisiana Sportsman Magazine


Broadcast (Radio or Television, of any length)

1st John Jackson:        Louisiana Outdoor Adventures, “Louisiana Oysters”

2nd John Jackson:       Louisiana Outdoor Adventures, “Capt. Wendy Billiot”

3rd Gary Krouse:         Sola TV, “Saline Lake”

SPONSOR:  National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)



1st Wendy Billiot:         Plastic Bottles and Prehistoric Fish

2nd John Flores:          The Cherubim of Grosse Savanne

3rd Lyle Johnson:         Choot Em!

SPONSOR:  CCA Louisiana


Black and White Still Photo

1st Glynn Harris:            Cautious Optimism

2nd John Flores:            Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

3rd John Flores:             The Blind View

SPONSOR:  General Motors Corporation


Color Still Photo

1st John Flores:              Roseate Spoonbills

2nd Butch Thurmond:    Girl and Bream

3rd John Flores:             Diligence and Honor

SPONSOR:  LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF)


2013 Excellence in Craft Award Winning Photos