NOWA members compete annually in an Excellence in Craft contest. Members submit their best works in up to 25 categories for judging by independent, non-NOWA judges. Judges are professional writers and photographers from other areas and associations across the continent.
Winners are awarded their various prizes at the annual Awards Banquet held during the annual General Meeting.
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Sponsor: Alpen Optics
1st Alan Liere -- "Scratches on the Wall" -- Deer Park Tribune
2nd Duane Dungannon -- Oregon Hunter
3rd Ralph Shaw -- Comox Valley Record
Sponsor: Boat US
1st Wayne Heinz -- "Grande Fall Fishing" -- Salmon and Steelhead Journal
2nd Wayne Heinz -- "The Ugly Contest" -- Northwest Sportsman
3rd Gary Lewis -- "The Power of Pink" -- Fish Alaska
Sponsor: TTI Blakemore Fishing Group[
1st Gary Lewis -- "Flyfishing in the Foothills of the Andes" -- The Bend Bulletin
2nd Gary Lewis -- "Spring, When Our Fancy Turns to Trout" -- The Bend Bulletin
3rd Ralph Shaw -- "Experience Shows Lipstick Effect is Real" -- Comox Valley Record
Sponsor: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
1st Terry Otto -- "Backward Glance" -- Oregon Hunter
2nd Terry Otto -- "Washington's Whitetail Invasion" -- Washington-Oregon Game and Fish
3rd GI Wilson -- "The Last 25 Yards" -- Pheasants Forever
Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
1st Robert Phillips -- "Time to Face Down the Man-Eater" -- Yakima Herald-Republic
2nd Robert Phillips -- "Newcomer Provides Fix for Hunters" -- Yakima Herald-Republic
3rd Ralph Shaw-- "Deer Hunting Adventure Just East of Hwy 19" -- Comox Valley Herald
Sponsor: Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau
1st Risa Wyatt -- "Cactus, Sand, and Skis" -- Chicago Tribune
2nd Terry Wiest -- "Terrace--Land of 30 Rivers" -- Northern Routes
3rd Peter Schroeder -- "Water to Wine (Cruising the San Juans)" -- Boat US Magazine
Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
1st Alan Liere -- "Better Off Skunked" -- Wyoming Wildlife
2nd Troy Rodaakowski -- "Where Have All the Deer Gone?" -- Washington-Oregon Fish and Game
3rd Mike McKenna -- "On the Rise--Again" -- Trout
1st Gary Lewis -- "High Above the River" -- Cabela's Outdoor Journalv
2nd Terry Wiest-- "Midnight on the Nush" -- Steelhead University (book)
3rd Jeff Dunn -- "Blacktail Success" -- Northwest Sportsman
Sponsor: Tec Laboratories
1st John C McFarland III -- "Hart Mountain Coyote" -- Oregon Hunter
2nd Jim Harris-- "Territorial Humingbirds" -- Southern Oregon
3rd Dennis Dauble -- "Redside--Learning to Raft the Deschutes" -- Washington-Oregon Game and Fish
Sponsor: Hunts Photo And Video
1st Michel Hersen -- "Palouse from Steptoe Butte" -- Amateur Photographer
2nd Michel Hersen-- "Mount Shuksan Reflected" -- Amateur Photographer
3rd Dave Vedder -- "Evil Lagoon" -- Sporting Classics
1st Terry Wiest -- Steelhead University -- Frank Amato Publications
2nd Bob Mottram -- Anglers Guide to the West Coast: Salmon and Tuna -- Wilderness Adventure Press
3rd Craig Schuman -- Get Started Fly Fishing -- Frank Amato Publications
Sponsor: Lone Wolf Distributors, Inc.
1st Shannon FitzGerald -- "Fast Food" -- Oregon Hunter
2nd Duane Dungannon -- "Emergency Landings" -- Oregon Hunter
3rd Wayne Heinz -- "Aluminism" -- Oregon Hunter
Sponsor: ATK Ammunition Systems Group
1st Jeff Dunn -- "Seeking the One" -- Faith in the Field
2nd John Kruse -- "Hunting Wolves, Bear, and Dave" -- Northwest Outdoors Radio
3rd Samuel Pyke -- "The Broom of God" -- Gary Lewis Outdoor Adventure Journal
The ENOS BRADNER AWARD was created by a vote of Northwest Outdoor Writers Association (NOWA) members to honor a person holding any class of membership in NOWA, and as a memorial to Enos Bradner.
Enos Bradner was outdoor editor of the Seattle Times for 26 years between 1943 and 1969. He died in January of 1984. Enos was a founding father of NOWA.
The Enos Bradner award recipient is chosen by the three most recent, past chairmen of the NOWA Board of Directors. Criteria for selection includes long time outstanding support of NOWA and upholding the high professional standards of outdoor journalism practiced by Enos Bradner. The three immediate past chairmen of the board of directors are not allowed to name one of themselves as winner.
The recipient is given a perpetual plaque, donated by Fred L. Peterson, to hold for one year on which the yearly winners‚ names are engraved. The winner is also given a smaller plaque, suitably inscribed, to keep.
The first recipient, in 1985, was Howard Gray, former OWAA president, founding member of NOWA and a close friend of Enos Bradner.
Enos Bradner Award winners are:
1998: Bob Mottram
The FRED L. PETERSON AWARD was created as a memorial to Fred L. Peterson. Fred was the outdoor editor of the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington for 10 years, editor of the Fishing & Hunting News for 7 years, and the publisher of The Outdoor Press for 30 years. He died in 1995. Fred was a charter member of NOWA.
Fred worked extensively with the supporting members of NOWA in an effort to understand the outdoor products and services offered to his readers and other consumers. He knew the educational value supporting members provided to outdoor communications and the public.
As a result, The Fred L. Peterson Award is given each year to a NOWA Supporting Member that has demonstrated support for the outdoor media, made significant contributions to the outdoor education of the general public - with a special emphasis on youth - and best represents the ideals and ethical priciples of outdoor recreation and journalism as manifest in Fred L. Peterson's career. The recipient will be honored at the NOWA Annual Awards Banquet and given a suitably inscribed plaque.
Fred L. Peterson Award winners are: