Spring Conference 2015 Big Bear Lake

Outdoor Writers
Association of California


PO Box 975
Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92531
Contact: Yvonne Graham
Email: OWAC.director@gmail.com
Phone: 760-522-3720

 

2013 Craft Award Winners



Best Outdoor Medium - An outdoor medium is the whole or any regularly scheduled section that is devoted to outdoor news and feature articles, submitted in any medium (print, online or broadcast). This is an award to the medium, not to a writer, though writers are encouraged to submit their media for consideration. Best Outdoor Medium is considered to be one of OWAC’s most prestigious awards. Three examples of the entire outdoor medium or its specific section must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Carrie Wilson

Best Outdoor Series - A series of news articles connected by subject and numbered Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc., with thematic unity from start to finish and published consecutively, submitted in any medium (print, online or broadcast).

  • 1st Place: Chris Collard - To see the Elephant
  • 2nd Place: Gary Graham for Tom Miller in the 70s Part I and II

Best Outdoor Newspaper Feature Story - A newspaper feature is a story that covers a select issue, person or event in depth and usually focus on human-interest elements of a situation, adventure or event, published in a newspaper or on a newspaper website.

  • 1st Place: Tom Stienstra for Wheelchair biker plans new attempt at Sierra
  • 2nd Place: Robert Semereau for Road Warriors strike it rich in Gold Country
  • 3rd Place: Lara Kaylor for Hiking in Yosemite along the Rim Fire

 

Best Outdoor Newspaper Column - A column is regular section of a newspaper or newspaper website that gives the writer’s perspective or opinion, such as an essay or first-person report, often on an issue of the day. Three separate examples of the column must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Tom Stienstra for the New DFW shows its political colors

 

Best Outdoor Magazine Feature - A magazine feature is an article that covers a selected issue, person or event in-depth and usually focuses on the human-interest elements of a situation, adventure or event, published in a magazine or on a magazine website.

  • 1st Place: Michael Farrior for The origins of Big Game Fishing
  • 2nd Place: Meade Fischer for By land and by sea
  • 3rd Place: Tom Martens for Bob Baiocchi

 

Best Outdoor Magazine Column - A column is a piece of writing that gives the perspective or opinion, such as an essay or first-person report, usually on an issue of the day, published in a magazine or on a magazine website. Three separate examples of the column must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Steve Callan for A Whale of a Tale
  • 2nd Place: Tom Martens for California's Wild Trout Angling Program

 

Best Outdoor Newsletter - A newsletter is a report that is published at least three times a year and that contains news or information of interest to a specific group. Three examples of different editions must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Rick Copeland for Wilderness Unlimited - Best 2013 Big Game Selection

 

Best Outdoor Book - This award is specifically for non-fiction and fiction outdoor books other than guidebooks. It includes, such as: memoirs, novels, history, and photography books. Two copies of each entry must be submitted (to be returned by mail).

  • 1st Place: Ron Erskine for Measureless Mountain Days: A father and son on the John Muir Trail

 

Best Outdoor Guidebook - A guidebook (includes travel and how-to books) provides details of a geographic area or a skill, often both, and is published with the intent to be the ultimate information source for that geographic area or skill. Two copies of each entry must be submitted (to be returned by mail).

  • 1st Place: Tom Stienstra for Northern California Camping: A complete guide to tent and RV camping

 

Best Outdoor Feature Photograph - A feature photo covers a selected issue, person or place, and usually focuses on the human-interest elements of a situation, event or place.

  • 1st Place: Chris Collard for Overland Journal
  • 2nd Place: Osceola Refetoff for 100 Mules walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct
  • 3rd Place: Osceola Refetoff for 100 Mules arrive in Burbank

 

Best Outdoor Action Photograph - An action photo captures a moment in time, a real-life event or adventure.

  • 1st Place: Gloria Jones for Anglers at Sunrise Loreto Bay
  • 2nd Place: Osceola Refetoff for Mule train in Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine
  • 3rd Place: Osceola Refetoff for Riding party arrives in Lone Pine

 

 

Best Outdoor Photographic Series - A series is a formal connection of photographs with thematic unity from start to finish and published as a single work. Not less than three, nor more than five photographs in a series can be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Osceola Refetoff for Mule train
  • 2nd Place: Tom Stienstra for Rim Fire

 

 

Best Outdoor Radio Show - A radio show is any broadcast of one-half hour or longer in length. Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: John Henigin for Fish Talk Radio

 

 

Best Outdoor Radio Feature - A radio feature is any broadcast or podcast of one to ten minutes in length.

  • 1st Place: John Henigin for Fish Talk Radio

 

 

Best Outdoor TV Show - A TV show is any broadcast of 15 minutes or longer in length. Three segments from different broadcasts must be submitted.

  • 1st Place: Mike Ritz for Chef on the Water

 

 

Best Outdoor Video - A video is any broadcast or Internet feature of one to five minutes in length.

  • 1st Place: Tom Stienstra for Best one day hike

 

 

Best Outdoor Internet Site - An Internet site is any website, application software or mobile app, accessible through the World Wide Web. The entire outdoor section of the site is judged.

  • 1st Place: Tim Goode for Nor Cal Fishing News
  • 2nd Place: Carrie Wilson for California Q and A
  • 3rd Place: Frank Galusha for My Outdoor Buddy

 

 

Best OWAC Conference-related Work - Conference-related work is any work (print, web, photographic, video or broadcast) based on participation at any previous OWAC conference published or broadcast during 2013.

  • 1st Place: Donald Vachini for Mammoth Lakes, Enormous Opportunity
  • 2nd Place: Greg Niemann for El Pescadero: Respite on the Tropic of Cancer

 

 

Phil Ford Humor Award - The Phil Ford Humor Award, named after OWAC charter member Phil Ford, honors work that exemplifies Phil’s style of capturing the outdoor world with a wink and a grin.

  • 1st Place: Kathie Morgan for Deja Hook

 

John Reginato Conservation Award - The John Reginato Conservation Award is named after OWAC co-founder John Reginato and exemplifies his life-long passion to conserve fish, wildlife and other outdoor resources.

  • 1st Place: Tom Stienstra for Revival already underway in Rim Fire Burn Zone
  • 2nd Place: Tom Martens for Klammath Dam removal and other conservation news
  • 3rd Place: John Henigin for Fish Talk Radio

 

OWAC Writer of the Year - OWAC members cannot apply for this award. It is selected by the judges from winners of categories.

  • 1st Place: Ron Erskine

 

Tom Wilmer, Lowell Thomas Award winner,NPR.ORGCorrespondent, author

Audio recording fundamentals: field recording techniques, basics of the "Story-Telling" NPR feature model, scripting engaging voice-over intros and transitions, using music for mood setting and bridges between segments, recommended recorders, microphones, editing software suggestions.

Video production basics: utilization of your audio files as sound tracks for your videos. Turning a static slide show in to an engaging visual experience using the "Ken Burns" camera panning technique, and more. We will also cover basics of using iPhoto for slide shows and the advantages of imovie for video recordings and stills.

Harnessing Social Media and generating income: vehicles for promoting, showcasing and maximizing listenership/viewership and followership. Marketing: using audio and video as promotional vehicles for your books. Strategic/targeted ways to generate income from your audio/video creations.

 

Past Winners