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The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 69th annual conference, Aug. 8-9 in Houma. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2014 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within various categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2014 competition were judged by members of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association.

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 contest awards cash prizes to the winners and is co-sponsored by: Louisiana Forestry Association, Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists, Louisiana Charter Boat Association, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Louisiana Chapter and the Coastal Conservation Association.


2014 Winners:


Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st Wendy Billiot: Helpful Spanish Moss

2nd Terry Jones: Ammo Shortage Nothing New

3rd Chris Holmes: Have Kayak, Will Travel


Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st Wendy Billiot: Bald Cypress

2nd Butch Thurmond: Lake Charles Nature Trip

3rd Steve McNemar: Coastal Restoration—Will The Next Conversation Be About Retreating and Protecting?


Newspaper Article

1st John Flores: Cocodrie Diva Catches Stingray-State Record Pending

2nd Glynn Harris: They Call Him Captain Sammy

3rd John Flores: Louisiana Couple Only Miss Rio


Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Chris LeCoq: Remembering Frank Davis

2nd Glynn Harris: Sound of Silence

3rd Chris LeCoq: Baseball Fishing Legends Trip


Electronic Media

1st Wendy Billiot: How Do You Like Your Eggs?

2nd Jonathan Olivier: Turkey Talk

3rd John Flores: 4-H Shooting Program Scores High Marks


Black and White Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Maestro of the March

2nd John Flores: The Final Approach

3rd Lyle Johnson: Columbia Glacier Icebergs


Color Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Duck Darling

2nd Chris Holmes: Red in the Weeds

3rd John Flores: Margarita Morning


For more information, contact LOWA 2014 EIC Chairman, Don Dubuc at


2014 Excellence in Craft Winning Photos