Phil Reedy – Surf’s Up
Betsy Senescu – Sailing toward Hawaii
John Poimiroo – Red Lake Creek Cabin
Nancy Sorrells – Entering the Tunnel
Phil Reedy – After the Storm
Laurie Morrison – Push Pull Splash

Results of OWAC’s 2023 Annual Excellence in Craft Awards are in! We had a great showing of entrants this year. First place winners receive $50 and second place winners receive $25 for their accomplishments.

After reviewing all submissions, the judges have selected:

2023 OWAC Writer of the Year

Nancy Sorrells



        2023 EIC

action photography/artwork

1st         phil reedy           Surf’s Up

2nd       betsy senescu     Sailing toward Hawaii

3rd        nancy sorrells     Entering the Tunnel

1st        merit mccrea       “Ridden Hard, put away wet”

feature article

1st         bob gaines         Remembering Alpers Ranch

2nd       carrie wilson     A Day At Sea

3rd        nancy sorrells   Fall in Love with the Valley from the Seat of a bicycle


feature photography/artwork

1st         phil reedy              After the Storm

2nd       laurie morrison   Push Pull Splash

3rd        john poimiroo     “Red Lake Creek Cabin, Hope Valley”


internet site/ blog

1st             john poimiroo     California Fall Color

2nd           risa wyatt    

news article

1st             nancy sorrells   Sen. Kaine hikes near Staunton in support of  proposed Shenandoah mountain bill

2nd           bob cooper         10 Scenic Running Paths From Around the World

3rd            matt johanson     Washoe and allies run to stop Minden siren

OWAC conference related

1st            nancy sorrells   “Native Peoples, native plants connected”

2nd          laurie morrison   Calm Between Seasons

3rd           barbara steinberg “California Rambling: Tuolumne County offers iconic  Yosemite Gold Rush history and High Sierra adventures”

1st             philip friedman     Captain Mike McDaniels talks about catching a 200-pound Nile perch in Egypt

1st             peter schroeder      Writing—How to Make Money


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