Welcome to OWAA’s Submittable homepage! 

Here, you will find guidelines for our various contests, scholarships, and fellowships linked below. Guidelines will also be posted at the bottom of the page when the corresponding contest or scholarship officially opens.

Excellence in Craft Contest

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/pgtuetnspkzkg9095drq2/Excellence-in-Craft-Contest-2023.docx?dl=0&rlkey=n08xatyahisu23p5s7lva2kht

Norm Strung Youth Writing Award & OWAA Student Photo Contest

Norm Strung Youth Writing Award Guidelines: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rr555azdmmiqq4f/Norm%20Strung%20Youth%20Writing%20Award%20Rules.pdf?dl=0

OWAA Student Photo Contest Guidelines: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bjlh6z5wvj0coqy/OWAA%20Student%20Photo%20Contest%20Rules.pdf?dl=0

OWAA Bodie McDowell Scholarship

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9e4c0zfd0cg7anz/Bodie%20McDowell%20Scholarship.docx?dl=0

OWAA John Madson Fellowship

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xkd1dk5r0sc6qoz/Madson%20Fellowship%20Guidelines.docx?dl=0

If you have any further questions, please reach out to info@owaa.org.

Through its Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards, the Outdoor Writers Association of America® rewards budding writers who communicate about the outdoors. Prizes are awarded to winners in grades 11-12 and in college.

Entries may be submitted beginning September 1 and must be submitted by January 31. Applicants must attend North American school.

Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest Rules

1. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

2. Entrants must be students attending school in North America.

3. Entries must have been created during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) preceding the submission deadline.

4. No entry fee is required, and copyrights to the work remain the property of the author. Winning works may be used by Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) to promote education and youth outdoor communication efforts. The author’s name will appear with any such use. By entering this competition, each entrant also grants OWAA the use of the entrants' names, headshots, and limited biographical information for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes. For individuals under 18 years old, the individual's parent or guardian must grant this permission. Winners will also be displayed on the OWAA website, in the Outdoors Unlimited magazine, other publications, and social media.

5. High School Category: During some or all of the calendar year prior to entering the Contest, the author must have been a student in grades 11-12 (including prep school) to enter the high school division. These are based on U.S. grade categories. Home schooled or international students who are unsure of their grade should choose an appropriate category based on where the student would be placed if attending public school in the United States. Students who are taking college classes concurrently as they are taking high school classes (dual enrolled) should enter the high school contest.

6. College Category: Participants must be currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, community college, or university (full time or part time) to be eligible to enter the college category, and be under the age of 25 on the day they enter the contest. Students should not already possess a four-year degree or higher.

7. Students may enter one piece of writing between 500 and 1,000 words in length, typed, and double-spaced.

8. Any prose form is acceptable.

9. Each entry must be original work of the entrant, and have an outdoor theme. Examples of appropriate outdoor themes include: nature, ecology, hiking, camping, biking, surfing, boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting, etc. Organized athletics such as football and baseball are not eligible subject matters and will be grounds for disqualification.

10. Submissions will be made through https://owaa.submittable.com/submit/151845/owaa-norm-strung-youth-writing-awards

11. Submissions must be made as a PDF document. The following format should be used for filenames:

a. Contest division (H = high school, C = college)

b. Author’s first and last names

c. Title. (Example: Jane Smith, age 17 and in high school, submits an essay titled “My First Catch.” The filename should read H_Smith_Jane_My First Catch.pdf.)

12. Additional information will be required during the submission process, including: the author’s school, age, grade, mailing address, email address, telephone number, supervising teacher or professor, and name/date of the publication in which the work appeared or contest the work won, if applicable. Students will also be asked to upload a headshot of themselves.

13. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.

14. Entries will be judged by professional outdoor writers. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final and binding. Entries will be judged on effectiveness in communicating ideas, grammar, creativity, and originality relating to an outdoor theme as listed above.

15. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Inappropriate content as determined by the judges will result in disqualification.

16. Prize winners or entries from local and state outdoor writing contests are encouraged to submit their entries for the OWAA contests. Previously published work is encouraged if the entrant retained the copyright, but the entries must be amateur/unpaid efforts, with the exception of having won a prize in a different contest. The purpose of this contest is to encourage up-and-coming outdoor communicators, not to recognize professional efforts. Professional (paid) work may be entered in the separate Excellence in Craft contest, available to OWAA members.

17. OWAA will announce the winners by May 31. OWAA reserves the right to reprint the winning entries and photographs of authors in its publications, including Outdoors Unlimited®; on its website and on its social media accounts.

18. Winners of the contest will be given additional consideration when applying for the Bodie McDowell Scholarship and are highly encouraged to do so.

Prize structure:

· 1st - $200

· 2nd - $100

· 3rd - $50

Each winner will receive a yearlong OWAA Student Membership ($25 value), have their name included in a nationally distributed press release and have their story included in OWAA’s magazine Outdoors Unlimited.

Your first step is to create a FREE Submittable account, which allows you access to access the Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards application. Entries must be submitted on this form. Mail-in and email submissions are no longer accepted. (If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact support@submittable.com or info@owaa.org.)

Through its Student Photo Contest, the Outdoor Writers Association of America rewards budding photographers who capture the outdoors. Prizes are awarded to winners in grades 11-12 and in college.

Entries may be submitted beginning September 1 and must be submitted by January 31.

OWAA Student Photo Contest Rules

1. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

2. Entries must have been created during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) preceding the submission deadline.

3. No entry fee is required, and copyrights to the work remain the property of the photographer. Winning works may be used by Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) to promote education and youth outdoor communication efforts. The photographer's name will appear with any such use. By entering this competition, each entrant also grants OWAA the use of the entrants' names, headshots, “story behind the photo,” and limited biographical information for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes. For individuals under 18 years old, the individual's parent or guardian must grant this permission. Winners will also be displayed on the OWAA website, in the Outdoors Unlimited magazine, other publications, and social media.

4. High School Category: During some or all of the calendar year prior to entering the Contest, the photographer must have been a student in grades 11-12 (including prep school) to enter the high school division. These are based on U.S. grade categories. Home schooled or international students who are unsure of their grade should choose an appropriate category based on where the student would be placed if attending public school in the United States. Students who are taking college classes concurrently as they are taking high school classes (dual enrolled) should enter the high school contest.

5. College Category: Participants must be currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, community college, or university (full time or part time) to be eligible to enter the college category, and be under the age of 25 on the day they enter the contest. Participants should not already possess a four-year degree or higher.

6. Students may enter one photograph.

7. Each entry must be original work of the entrant, and have an outdoor theme. Examples of appropriate outdoor themes include: nature, ecology, hiking, camping, biking, surfing, boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting, etc. Organized athletics such as football and baseball are not eligible subject matter and will be grounds for disqualification.

8. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable alterations include minor adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness, removal of sensor dirt, and cropping.

9. Except in cases of hunting or fishing, participants should use caution to protect the survival of the subject being photographed and make every effort to avoid action that might interfere with natural wildlife behavior. Except in cases of hunting or fishing, entries that appear to involve harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment shall be disqualified.

10. Submissions will be made through https://owaa.submittable.com/submit/181118/owaa-student-photo-contest.

11. Submissions must be made as JPG documents, with a minimum file size of 250 kilobytes and maximum of 5 megabytes. The following format should be used for filenames:

a. Contest division (H = high school, C = college)

b. Photographer's first and last names

c. Subject matter. (Example: Jane Smith, age 17 and in high school, submits a photograph of a rabbit. The filename should read H_Smith_Jane_Rabbit.jpg.)

12. Additional information will be required during the submission process, including: the photographer's school, age, grade, mailing address, email address, telephone number, supervising teacher or professor, and name/date of the publication in which the work appeared or contest the work won, if applicable.

13. Students must also upload a head shot of themselves, and provide a 75-100 word paragraph explaining the “story behind the photo.”

14. All entries are final. No revisions or replacements are accepted.

15. Entries will be judged by professional photographers. Photographs will be judged on technical excellence (including sharpness and lighting/exposure), composition, originality, overall impact, and artistic merit. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final and binding.

16. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Inappropriate content is determined by the judges and will result in disqualification.

17. Prize winners or entries from local and state outdoor writing contests are encouraged to submit their entries for the OWAA contests. Previously published work is encouraged if the entrant retained the copyright, but the entries must be amateur/unpaid efforts, with the exception of having won a prize in a different contest. The purpose of this contest is to encourage up-and-coming outdoor communicators, not to recognize professional efforts. Professional (paid) work may be entered in the separate Excellence in Craft contest, available to OWAA members.

18. OWAA will announce the winners by May 31. OWAA reserves the right to reprint the winning entries and photographs of contestants in its publications, including Outdoors Unlimited®; on its website and on its social media accounts.

19. Winners of the Contest will be given additional consideration when applying for the Bodie McDowell Scholarship and are highly encouraged to do so.

Prize structure:

· 1st - $200

· 2nd - $100

· 3rd - $50

Each winner will receive a yearlong OWAA Student Membership ($25 value), have their name included in a nationally distributed press release and have their photo included in OWAA’s magazine Outdoors Unlimited.

Your first step is to create a FREE Submittable account, which allows you access to access the OWAA Student Photo Contest application. Entries must be submitted on this form. Mail-in and email submissions are no longer accepted. (If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact support@submittable.com or info@owaa.org.)

Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Blog Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 14 total for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.

CONTEST TOPICS:

  • CONSERVATION or NATURE — Recognizes blog posts that emphasize successes or challenges in conservation or nature; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes blog posts that communicate the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • FISHING — Recognizes blog posts about freshwater and saltwater fishing (any tackle), with emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  • GEAR/TECHNICAL — Recognizes blog posts that are informative or instructional about gear (e.g., how to use outdoor equipment or other how-to topics related to the outdoors.)
  • HUMOR — Recognizes blog posts that are funny or amusing.
  • HUNTING or SHOOTING SPORTS — Recognizes blog posts about hunting for large or small game, or competitive and recreational shooting, with emphasis on human interest or adventure. Includes archery, firearms or other methods. 
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Blog Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with a link to a URL, a PDF file, or a TXT file. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay Blog Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Column Contest. OWAA members may submit up to two entries in this contest for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.
An entry consists of three samples published in a blog, magazine or newspaper. Three samples are required per entry so they can be judged as a body of work. Samples should express or display opinion, analysis or perspective featuring the writer's voice. Good storytelling across more than one topic also is welcome.


SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Column Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with a link to URLs, PDF files, or TXT files for each sample. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay Column Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org




Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Graphic/Illustration Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries in this contest that were published in a blog, magazine, or newspaper; sold as fine art in a gallery, on a website, or other public display; or created revenue for the artist or a nonprofit organization as a donation by the artist during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022. Cartoon/cartoon strips accepted.

Topic: 

  • GENERAL/OVERALL OUTDOOR — Based on outdoor recreation or nature.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Graphic/Illustration Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with a link to a URL, a PDF file, or a TXT file. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay Graphic/Illustration Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Magazine Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 14 total for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.

CONTEST TOPICS:

  • CONSERVATION or NATURE — Recognizes magazine articles that emphasize successes or challenges in conservation or nature; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes magazine articles that communicate the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • FISHING — Recognizes magazine articles about freshwater and saltwater fishing (any tackle), with emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  • GEAR/TECHNICAL — Recognizes magazine articles that are informative or instructional about gear (e.g., how to use outdoor equipment or other how-to topics related to the outdoors.)
  • HUMOR — Recognizes magazine articles that are funny or amusing.
  • HUNTING or SHOOTING SPORTS — Recognizes magazine articles about hunting for large or small game, or competitive and recreational shooting, with emphasis on human interest or adventure. Includes archery, firearms or other methods.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Magazine Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with either a link to a URL, a PDF file, or a TXT file. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Although not required, adding the entry's URL link to the entry form will help with OWAA's publicity of EIC winning entries.
  • Pay Magazine Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.




Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Newspaper Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 14 total for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.
OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
CONTEST TOPICS:

  • CONSERVATION or NATURE — Recognizes newspaper articles that emphasize successes or challenges in conservation or nature; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes newspaper articles that communicate the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • FISHING — Recognizes newspaper articles about freshwater and saltwater fishing (any tackle), with emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  • GEAR/TECHNICAL — Recognizes newspaper articles that are informative or instructional about gear (e.g., how to use outdoor equipment or other how-to topics related to the outdoors.)
  • HUMOR — Recognizes newspaper articles that are funny or amusing.
  • HUNTING or SHOOTING SPORTS — Recognizes newspaper articles about hunting for large or small game, or competitive and recreational shooting, with emphasis on human interest or adventure. Includes archery, firearms or other methods.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Newspaper Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with either a link to a URL, a PDF file, or a TXT file. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay Newspaper Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Photography Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 14 total for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022. 


Images must be published in a blog, magazine, or newspaper; sold as fine art in a gallery, on a website, or other public display; or created revenue for the artist or a nonprofit organization as a donation by the artist during the contest period. 


CONTEST TOPICS:

  • ACTION — Captures action (movement, motion) in an outdoor subject.
  • PEOPLE — Primary subject is one or more people in an outdoor 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.
  • FLORA — Wild plant(s) is the main subject in its natural setting.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.
  • 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.


SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Photography Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry as a JPG file. A separate non-byline version for judging is no longer required.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Entries published in Calendars must carry 2022 date.
  • Pay Photography Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Open Category Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 14 total for work published during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022. 


Open to work that may not fit in other EIC Contest. This would include any mixed media, social media, print or broadcast series, or other media types that don't fit in other print or digital contests. Any submissions in the Open Contest cannot be entered in another contest.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Open Category Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Entries published in Calendars must carry 2022 date.
  • Pay Open Category Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Photo Essay Contest. An entry consists of a series of three to 20 photographs around a common theme or that tell a story through images related to the outdoors/nature. You may submit up to two entries.


Black-and-white and/or color photos. The photographs must be published together simultaneously in a printed newspaper, news website, magazine, online magazine, or blog; displayed as a cohesive collection as fine art in a gallery (e.g., exhibition where at least one print sold); or otherwise have created revenue for the photographer or a nonprofit organization as a donation by the photographer, during the contest year.


SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Photo Essay Contest entry form. (Access the form   by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • The photos featured in the essay may have been taken at any time but must have been published, sold, or donated between Jan. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
  • A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 20 photographs may be submitted.
  • Submit one JPEG for each photograph featured in the photographic essay. Recommended specs for each image -- 72 dpi JPEG sized to approximately 14 inches on the longest side.
  • Submit a URL link or PDF of the full essay as it appeared in published form.
  • Individual photographs contained within the collection may be submitted to other EIC contest categories.
  • Pay Photo Essay Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.




Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft Radio/Podcast Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 12 total for work broadcast during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.


The contest encompasses all forms of audio-specific production. Entries must be submitted as originally produced for air, podcast or subscription.


CONTEST TOPICS:

  • CONSERVATION or NATURE — Recognizes magazine articles that emphasize successes or challenges in conservation or nature; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes magazine articles that communicate the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • FISHING — Recognizes magazine articles about freshwater and saltwater fishing (any tackle), with emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  • GEAR/TECHNICAL — Recognizes magazine articles that are informative or instructional about gear (e.g., how to use outdoor equipment or other how-to topics related to the outdoors.)
  • HUNTING or SHOOTING SPORTS — Recognizes magazine articles about hunting for large or small game, or competitive and recreational shooting, with emphasis on human interest or adventure. Includes archery, firearms or other methods.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the Radio/Podcast Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with either a link to a URL, or a file in MP3, M4A, or WAV format.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay Radio/Podcast Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


Welcome to the OWAA Excellence In Craft TV/Video/Webcast Contest. OWAA members can submit up to two entries per topic and 12 total for work broadcast during the contest period -- Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022.


The entrant must select one or more of 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.


CONTEST TOPICS:

  • CONSERVATION or NATURE — Recognizes magazine articles that emphasize successes or challenges in conservation or nature; interesting new discoveries within nature; or a fascinating tale about a creature, plant or ecosystem.
  • FAMILY PARTICIPATION/YOUTH OUTDOOR EDUCATION — Recognizes magazine articles that communicate the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors.
  • FISHING — Recognizes magazine articles about freshwater and saltwater fishing (any tackle), with emphasis on human interest or adventure.
  • GEAR/TECHNICAL — Recognizes magazine articles that are informative or instructional about gear (e.g., how to use outdoor equipment or other how-to topics related to the outdoors.)
  • HUNTING or SHOOTING SPORTS — Recognizes magazine articles about hunting for large or small game, or competitive and recreational shooting, with emphasis on human interest or adventure. Includes archery, firearms or other methods.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE — Recognizes excellence in outdoor recreation stories from non-consumptive sports. This includes, but is not limited to, camping, backpacking, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, travel, or other outdoor activities that are not fishing or hunting.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Entries must be submitted on the TV/Video/Webcast Contest entry form. (Access the form by clicking the Save Address and Continue button at the bottom of this page.)
  • Submit one version of the entry with either a link to a URL, or a file in MP3, M4A, or WAV format.
  • Entries submitted with a website/electronic link (URL) must be viewable without passwords or subscriptions.
  • Pay TV/Video/Webcast Contest entry fee(s) with a credit card on the Submittable entry form or by check payable to OWAA EIC Contest and mailed to OWAA EIC Contest, 3420 Lyleburn Pl, Cincinnati, OH, 45220. See special instructions on the form for credit card payment of multiple entries.
  • OWAA membership dues must be current prior to entering.
  • If you experience technical difficulties completing this form, please contact eic@owaa.org or emares@owaa.org.


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