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The winners in the 2005 LOWA Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest are listed below. This important youth literacy project is produced and judged each year by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. It is designed to improve communications skills describing outdoor activities by interested youth.

The contest was sponsored again this year by the Baton Rouge ADVOCATE Educational Services Department, the Central Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International.

Each student received a certificate listing their achievement.

Monetary prizes were awarded for First ($150.00), Second ($100.00), and Third ($50.00) in Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (9-13 YOA), and Photography (18 and under YOA). Honorable Mentions received a certificate, but no cash prize.

In addition, the winning entries are published in various publications, on prominent outdoor websites, and in the SCI newsletters.

The prizes and certificates were awarded by representatives of the two Safari Clubs International at the annual LOWA conference awards banquet held Saturday, August 20, 2005 in Houma, LA.

The contest was marketed and promoted by The Advocate Educational Services.

The cash prizes in all categories were donated by the Louisiana Chapter and Central Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International.

There were 56 separate photo entries from 21 students ranging in age from 9 to 17. Any age 18 and under may enter, and the photo may be color or black and white.

There were 31 entries in Senior Essay (14-18 YOA).

There were 72 entries in Junior Essay (9-13 YOA).

There were a total of 124 entrants making submissions from all over Louisiana, and several from out-of-state (Virginia).

Below are the winners of the 2005 Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest:


  • 1st…”Duck Hunting With My Grandpa
    Haley Hofmann 17 YOA
    Episcopal High School
    Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
  • 2nd…”Duck Hunt
    Brandon M. Boyd
    McKinley High School
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 3rd…”Wilderness Retreat
    Jack LeBlanc 17 YOA
    High School Not Listed
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Honorable Mention…”My Best Day Ever
    Jason Deville 15 YOA
    Pineville High School
    Pineville, Louisiana



  • 1st…”When the Woods Wake Up
    Haley DePrato 12 YOA
    School Not Listed
    Prairieville, Louisiana
  • 2nd…”My Day on the Bogue Chitto
    Sasha McLaughlin 10 YOA
    Home Schooled
    Zachary, Louisiana
  • 3rd…”My Life on Bayou DuLarge
    Seth Billiot 9 YOA
    Plumb Line School
    Theriot, Louisiana
  • Honorable Mention (Tie)
    “A Special Hunt with My Dad” (Honorable Mention–Junior)
    Audrey Hughes 10 YOA
    Doyle Elementary
    Walker, Louisiana
  • “My Favorite Outdoor Experience” (Honorable Mention–Junior)
    Clay Branton 13 YOA
    No School Listed
    Bernice, Louisiana



  • 1st…”Grandfather Throwing Cast Net Off Wharf at Grand Isle”
    Savannah Ellis 10 YOA
    No School Listed
    Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • 2nd…”Black Lab Silhouette”
    Amy Weaver 12 YOA
    Mandeville Middle School
    Metairie, Louisiana
  • 3rd…”Pearl River Swamp”
    Hunter Alexander 9 YOA
    Home Schooled
    Pearl River, Louisiana
  • Honorable Mention…”Pink Flower”
    Tia Simone Huston 17 YOA
    Baton Rouge High Magnet
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
YJC Chairman, Gordon Hutchinson (left) and YJC Sponsor, Ron Bartels (right) presented the awards to the 2005 YJC winners.