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The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored its members during the group’s 70th annual conference, Aug. 7-8, 2015 in Morgan City. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2015 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 2015 competition were judged by members of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and other esteemed outdoor communicators from across the country.

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. This year’s contest saw members compete in six different categories.

LOWA would like to thank the following EIC sponsors for their continued support of the contest: the National Wild Turkey Federation, Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation, the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists and the Louisiana Charter Boat Association.

The winners of the 2015 EIC competition by category:

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st        John Flores          The Burns Point Pond

2nd       Wendy Billiot        Dwarf Palmetto

3rd       Chris Holmes         Paddlepalooza


Magazine Regular Feature (greater than 1000 words)

1st       Chris Holmes         Off the Grid in Panama

2nd      John Flores           Rice Country Specks

3rd       Terry Jones           Smoke Signals



1st       Joe Macaluso         Son’s Love Puts Blind Father in Blind

2nd      Chris Holmes         Sorry Charlie

3rd       Jonathan Olivier     Cypress Trees are Vanishing


Broadcast (Radio or Television, of any length)

1st       Gary Rispone,        Mentoring through Fishing with

Chris LeCoq           Belle Chasse Academy

Gary Krouse

2nd      Gary Krouse           The Hope in Hopedale-Part 1

3rd       Chris LeCoq           A Morning with Hero Hunts



1st       Wendy Billiot          Crawfish Tales

2nd       Jonathan Olivier      Experts Explain How to Prepare to Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail

3rd       Chris Holmes          Record Simplicity the Rule at Ride the Bull 5


Color Still Photo

1st       Donna Bush            Bald Eagle Cover Shot

2nd      John Flores             Constant Companion

3rd      Donna Bush             Two Great Egrets Breeding Plumage



2015 Excellence in Craft Award Winning Photos