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2011 LOWA Youth Journalism Contest

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored the winners of its 2011 Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) at its 66th annual conference held in Houma on Saturday, August 6, 2011.  An annual event, the contest focuses on building literacy among outdoor youth while promoting involvement in the outdoors.

Students share personal experiences in hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, hiking, or any other activities where they engage with nature and the environment. Judges look for literate and enthusiastic work along with photography that captures the essence and spirit of Louisiana.

Prize monies are donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Baton Rouge Advocate provides advertising and press releases promoting the contest. First through fourth place winners receive award certificates and cash prizes. The categories are Photography (18 and under), Senior Essay (14-18), and Junior Essay (13 and under).

2011 YJC photography winners

 1st place:

Baby King Fish”

Brittany Gosserand, Age 17

St. Michael High School, Amite, LA


2nd place:

“Lake Martin Sunset”

Nicole Marie Strickland, Age 15

Breaux Bridge High School, Breaux Bridge, LA


3rd place:

Lady Brooke”

Brooke Lee, Age 15

John Curtis Christian High, River Ridge, LA


4th place:

“Who Dat?”

Lauren Leon, Age 15

Benton High School, Benton, LA


4th place:

“Lake Martin Cypress Fog”

Dakota Robicheaux, Age 17

Breaux Bridge High School, Breaux Bridge, LA


2011 YJC Senior Essays 14-18 age group:

1st place:

“Mission: Defeat the Hiawatha”

Amanda Wolff, Age 17

Home Schooled


2nd place:

“A Morning on the Bayou”

Emily Villa, Age 14

Ascension Catholic, Donaldsonville, LA


3rd place:

“A Cow in the Bayou”

Ashley Davis, Age 14

Covington High School, Covington, LA


4th place:

“Dream Come True”

Tyler Partridge, Age 15

Florien High School, Florien LA


2011 YJC Junior Essays 7 – 13 age group:

1st place:

“Mourning Doves on My Porch”

Alexis Lang , Age 11

John Curtis Christian School, River Ridge, LA


2nd place:

“Close Call Turkey”

Cole Perilloux, Age 13

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan, LA


3rd place: “The Fishing Trip Gone Wrong”

Brandon Favalora, Age 13

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan, LA


4th place:

“Two Days of Eeriness”

Jayla Campbell, Age 13

North Vermilion High School, Maurice, LA

2011 YJC Award Winning Photographs

2011 YJC Winners