Welcome to the 2020 Excellence In Craft Contest!

The Outdoor Writers Association of America annually honors the best-of-the-best in outdoor journalism through its Excellence In Craft Contest. 

First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected in 10 media categories: Blog, Book, Column, Graphic/Illustration, Magazine/E-zine, Newspaper/News Website, Photography, Photo Essay, Radio/Podcast, and TV/Video/Webcast. The winners will be honored at the OWAA annual conference June 27-29, 2020 at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree and Friesens, whose generous support makes the EIC contest possible.

Additional sponsors will be listed as they are added.

  • All entries must be related to the outdoors and must be a professional effort, meaning the member has received direct payment or otherwise derived income through advertising or other sponsorship related to the entry.
  • Members must pay 2020 dues prior to submitting entries.
  • Letter of verification from editor/publisher must accompany newspaper and magazine entries not containing bylines or containing pen names.
  • Co-authored, co-photographed and co-produced creations may be entered only once, regardless of how many people received bylines/credits. For co-authored, co-photographed and co-produced entries, all authors/photographers/producers must be OWAA members with the exception of the Book contest in which only one author must be an OWAA member. The prize will be split among the co-authors/photographers/producers and one certificate will be awarded with all co-authors/photographers/producers’ names on it.
  • Entries may be entered in multiple categories (e.g., Hunting or shooting sports, gear/technical, etc.) if the category description applies, but with the exception of the column and children’s story contests that span different media, an entry may only be entered in a single contest. For example, a single piece may not be considered both a blog and a new website piece. This would not prohibit portions of a text-photo package or other multimedia project from being entered separately into their respective contests.
  • Entry constitutes a waiver of copyright restrictions on reprinting or reproducing entries by OWAA and the contest sponsor for the purpose of circulating entries between OWAA and other interested parties.
  • Family or friends may enter deceased OWAA members’ works, published or broadcast during the contest year.
  • Award certificates and checks are made out to individuals, not organizations, publications or broadcast stations.
  • Entries submitted during a previous contest year, even though re-published or re-broadcast, may not be entered.
  • For entries that are to be sent via postal mail, send to: OWAA EIC Contest, 21565 Nine Mile Road, Huson, MT, 59846. The entry fee for mail-in entries is $20; $10 for all online entries.
  • Entries will not be returned.

2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering the Excellence In Craft Contest.

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This is the EIC Magazine/E-zine Contest entry form.

Magazine/E-zine Contest entries must be published during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019) and fit one of the following categories:

  1. Fishing: Includes freshwater and saltwater, any tackle. Emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  2. Hunting or Shooting Sports: Includes hunting for large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. Includes archery, firearms, other methods. Recreational shooting stores can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition.
  3. Conservation or Nature: Emphasis on successes or challenges within conservation; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  4. Humor: Better be funny and outdoors oriented.
  5. Gear/Technical: Must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
  6. Outdoor Fun & Adventure: Outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.
  7. Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education: Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.

You may submit up to two entries in each Magazine category (14 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below. (Magazine entries can be submitted by mail but have a $20 entry fee. Send mail-in entries to OWAA EIC Contest, 21565 Nine Mile Road, Huson, MT, 59846.)
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • Two versions of the entry must be submitted – one with byline and one without a byline or any other identifying marks. The form allows two options for the byline version (URL or as a text-only PDF or TXT file. The form allows the non-byline version to be submitted as a text-only PDF or TXT file.
  • The PDF/TXT versions can be accomplished by copying and pasting the text if a text-only PDF cannot be generated from the website.
  • Headlines, photos and graphics accompanying the entry need not be removed, but bylines and photo credits for the non-byline version must be removed or rendered unreadable. (If names and photo credits can still be seen through black marker, etc., the entry will be disqualified.)
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree, and Friesens.



This is the EIC Newspaper/News Website entry form.

Entries must be published during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019) and fit one of the following categories:

  1. Fishing: Includes freshwater and saltwater, any tackle. Emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  2. Hunting or Shooting Sports: Includes hunting for large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. Includes archery, firearms, other methods. Recreational shooting stores can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition.
  3. Conservation or Nature: Emphasis on successes or challenges within conservation; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  4. Humor: Better be funny and outdoors oriented.
  5. Gear/Technical: Must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
  6. Outdoor Fun & Adventure: Outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.
  7. Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education: Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.

You may submit up to two entries in each Newspaper category (14 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below. (Newspaper entries can be submitted by mail but have a $20 entry fee. Send mail-in entries to OWAA EIC Contest, 21565 Nine Mile Road, Huson, MT, 59846)
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • Two versions of the entry must be submitted – one with byline and one without a byline or any other identifying marks. The form allows two options for the byline version (URL or as a text-only PDF or TXT file. The form allows the non-byline version to be submitted as a text-only PDF or TXT file.
  • The PDF/TXT versions can be accomplished by copying and pasting the text if a text-only PDF cannot be generated from the website.
  • Headlines, photos and graphics accompanying the entry need not be removed, but bylines and photo credits for the non-byline version must be removed or rendered unreadable. (If names and photo credits can still be seen through black marker, etc., the entry will be disqualified.)
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree, and Friesens.

This is the EIC Column Contest entry form.

Entries can be from magazine, newspaper, website or blog published during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019). Three samples per entry required. This can be on any outdoor recreation, nature or conservation topic but must be a regularly published, opinion-style column, not a general news or feature story.

You may submit up to 2 entries (3 samples each) in the Column Contest.

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below. (Column entries can be submitted by mail but have a $20 entry fee. Send mail-in entries to OWAA EIC Contest, 21565 Nine Mile Road, Huson, MT, 59846.)
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • Two legible versions of the entry must be submitted – one with byline and one without a byline. Headlines, photos and graphics accompanying the entry need not be removed, but bylines and photo credits for the non-byline version must be removed or rendered unreadable. (If names and photo credits can still be seen through black marker, etc., the entry will be disqualified.)
  • The form allows two options for the byline version (URL or as a text-only PDF or TXT file. The form allows the non-byline version to be submitted as a text-only PDF or TXT file.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree and Friesens.

This is the EIC Radio/Podcast entry form.

Entries include all forms of audio-specific production; must be submitted as originally produced for air, podcast, or subscription; must be broadcast during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019); and fit one of the following categories:

  1. Fishing: Includes freshwater and saltwater, any tackle. Emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  2. Hunting or Shooting Sports: Includes hunting for large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. Includes archery, firearms, other methods. Recreational shooting stores can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition.
  3. Conservation or Nature: Emphasis on successes or challenges within conservation; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  4. Gear/Technical: Must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
  5. Outdoor Fun & Adventure: Outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.
  6. Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education: Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.

You may submit up to two entries in each Radio/Podcast category (12 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below. The form allows entries to be submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) or in audio formats such as MP3, WAV, etc.
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree, and Friesens.

 

This is the EIC TV/Video/Webcast Contest entry form.

Entries must be broadcast during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019) and fit one of the following categories:

  1. Fishing: Includes freshwater and saltwater, any tackle. Emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  2. Hunting or Shooting Sports: Includes hunting for large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. Includes archery, firearms, other methods. Recreational shooting stores can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition.
  3. Conservation or Nature: Emphasis on successes or challenges within conservation; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  4. Gear/Technical: Must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
  5. Outdoor Fun & Adventure: Outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.
  6. Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education: Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.

You may submit up to two entries in each TV/Webcast category (12 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below.
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • The form allows entries to be submitted with a website/electronic link URL) or in video formats such as MP4, MOV, etc.
  • The entrant must select one or more of the following roles on the entry form: Producer/Director, On-Camera Talent, Videographer, and/or Editor. The entry shall be judged only for the entrant's role(s) in the production.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree, and Friesens. 

This is the form for the EIC Graphic/Illustration Contest.

Entries must be based on outdoor recreation or nature and must be published or sold during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019). Cartoon/cartoon strips accepted (excludes photographs).

You may submit up to 2 entries in the Graphic/Illustration Contest.

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below.
  • Submit two versions of the entry in PDF, JPG or other file format listed on the form. One version with publication name, date and credit included and one for judges with byline rendered unreadable. (If names still can be seen through black marker, etc., entry will be disqualified.)
  • Captions need not be blacked out. One image constitutes an entry; multiple images entered as a single entry will be disqualified (excluding comic strips).
  • Each entry must have a title.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree and Friesens.

This is the EIC Photography Contest entry form.

Entries can be black-and-white or color. Entries must be published; sold as fine art in a gallery, on a website or other public display; or otherwise created revenue for the photographer or a nonprofit organization as a donation by the photographer during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019), AND fit one of the following categories:

Action: Captures action (movement, motion) in an outdoor subject.
Flora:
Wild plant(s) as the main subject in a natural setting.
Fauna:
A wild animal, bird, fish, insect or other live creature is the main subject in its natural setting. Human beings are excluded from the subject matter.
People:
Primary subject is one or more people in an outdoor setting.
Scenic:
Portrayal of a landscape or other outdoor scene in which the general view, rather than a specific person, animal or plant, is the theme of the image.
Outdoor Fun & Adventure:
Best outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports, including but not limited to activities such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.  
Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education:
Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.   

You may submit up to 2 Photography entries per category (14 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below.
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering. 
  • Photos may have been taken at any time but must have been published or sold as fine art between Jan. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019. Calendar entries must carry 2019 date.
  • Submit two PDF/JPEGs: (1) One high-resolution JPEG as it was submitted for publication or display; (2) One JPEG or PDF of the image as it appeared in publication, if applicable. If a tear sheet or visual proof of display is not available, then proof of revenue to the photographer or to the charity to which the photographer donated the photo art must be submitted. The proof of publication or display must include a photo credit or otherwise show the photographer’s name. The judges will only receive the original photograph (not the tear sheet) so they are not influenced by the quality of reproduction.
  • Winning entries may comprise the OWAA traveling photo exhibit during 2020-2021 and will be displayed at the OWAA annual conference. Suitable prints of winning images will be made by OWAA and used for one year in the traveling photo exhibits. Winning entries may be reproduced for exhibitors to use for publicity purposes.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree and Friesens

The is the EIC Photo Essay Contest entry form.

Entries consists of 3 to 20 photographs around a common theme or that tell a story through images related to the outdoors/nature. Black-and-white and/or color photos can be entered. The photographs must be published together in a printed newspaper, news website, magazine, online magazine (e-zine), blog; displayed as a cohesive collection as fine art in a gallery (e.g., exhibition where at least one print sold); or otherwise created revenue for the photographer or a nonprofit organization as a donation by the photographer during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019).

You may submit up to 2 Photography Essay entries in this contest.

  • Entries shall be submitted on the entry form below.
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • The photos featured in the essay may have been taken at any time but must have been published between Jan. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019.
  • A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 20 photographs may be submitted.
  • Photography entries shall be submitted electronically (recommended specs: 72 dpi JPEG sized to approximately 14 inches on the longest side).
  • Submit two sets of PDF/JPEGs: (1) One JPEG for each photograph featured in the photographic essay; (2) JPEG or PDF of the images as they appeared in publication, if applicable. The proof of publication or display must include a photo credit or otherwise show the photographer’s name. If a tear sheet or visual proof of display is not available, then proof of revenue or exhibition must be submitted. The judges will only receive the original photographs (not the tear sheet) so they are not influenced by the quality of reproduction.
  • Individual photographs contained within the collection may be submitted to other EIC contest categories.
  • Winning entries may be displayed at the OWAA annual conference, the OWAA traveling photography exhibit, and/or Outdoors Unlimited.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree and Friesens.

This is the entry form for the EIC Blog Contest. 

Blog Contest entries must be published during the contest period (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019) and fit one of the following categories:

  1. Fishing: Includes freshwater and saltwater, any tackle. Emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  2. Hunting or Shooting Sports: Includes hunting for large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. Includes archery, firearms, other methods. Recreational shooting stores can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition.
  3. Conservation or Nature: Emphasis on successes or challenges within conservation; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  4. Humor: Better be funny and outdoors oriented.
  5. Gear/Technical: Must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
  6. Outdoor Fun & Adventure: Outdoor recreation story from the various non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, outdoor sports such as camping/backpacking, boating, hiking, birding, snow skiing, orienteering, mountain biking and general outdoor activities.
  7. Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education: Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.

You may submit up to two entries in each Blog category (14 total).

  • Entries shall be submitted on the form below. 
  • 2020 OWAA membership dues must be paid prior to entering.
  • Two versions of the entry must be submitted – one with byline and one without a byline or any other identifying marks. The form allows two options for the byline version (URL or as a text-only PDF or TXT file. The form allows the non-byline version to be submitted as a text-only PDF or TXT file.
  • The PDF/TXT versions can be accomplished by copying and pasting the text if a text-only PDF cannot be generated from the website.
  • A website link to the original posting containing byline and publish date should also be provided. If the content is only available by paid subscription or some other kind of restriction, the entrant should provide an additional PDF or image of the blog which shows the original webpage with byline and publish date.
  • The entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. A $5 late fee per entry is charged for entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 10, 2020 but not later than Jan. 31, 2020. Entries submitted or postmarked after Jan. 31, 2020 will be disqualified.

If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or support@submittable.com.

OWAA thanks 2020 EIC sponsors Izaak Walton League of America, Realtree, and Friesens.


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