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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1st Chris Batin -- "Alaska Angler" -- Coast Magazine
2nd Terry Otto -- "Stumptown" -- NW Sportsman
3rd Alan Liere -- "Scratches on the Wall" -- Deer Park Tribune
Honorable Mention Duane Dungannon -- "Finding Direction" -- Oregon Hunter
Sponsor: Boat US
1st Christopher Batin -- "A Tackle Box Legacy" -- Coast Magazine
2nd Christopher Batin -- "The Gift of Fish Camp" -- Coast Magazine
3rd Mike McKenna -- "Reel Recovery: A Fishing Buddy Casts Against Cancer" -- Idaho Magazine
Honorable Mention Terry J. Wiest -- "Steelhead Fishing: Epic Beyond Belief" -- SalmonTroutSteelheader
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1st Mike Brodwater -- "Streams and Suds" -- Spokesman Review
2nd Gary Lewis -- "Fly-Fishing the Skagit River" -- The Bend Bulletin
3rd Alan Liere -- "A Day On the Ice" -- Deer Park Tribune
Sponsor: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
1st Gary Lewis -- "The Fingerprints of God" -- Cabela's Outfitter Journal
2nd Jeff Dunn -- "Once In a Lifetime" -- Oregon Hunter
3rd Troy Rodakowski -- "Trophy Blacktail or Bust" -- Washington-Oregon Game & Fish
Honorable Mention Nicole Lewis -- "Bearapy" -- Bear Hunting Magazine
Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
1st Dennis Clay -- "Why I Like To Hunt" -- Columbia Basin Herald
2nd Dennis Clay -- "A Pleasurable Hunt" -- Columbia Basin Herald
3rd Gary Lewis-- ""Deer Hunting With a Marine" -- Bend Bulletin
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1st Robert Campbell -- "Something Afoot in Central Oregon" -- Central Oregon
2nd Kim Cooper-Findling -- "Lava Lands"-- Alaska Air
3rd Mike Brodwater -- "Hello to History - Wallace" -- Spokesman Review
Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
1st Chris Batin -- "The Keeper of the Sound" -- Coast Magazine
2nd Gary Lewis -- "Hunting in Oregon, the Next 30 Years" -- Oregon Hunter
3rd Jack McNeel -- "White Sturgeon Rebound With Help From Kootenai Tribes" -- Indian Country Today
1st Jeff Dunn -- "Seeking the One" -- Faith in the Fieldv
2nd Eric Martin -- "Alsea Fall Fishing" -- Fishing in Oregon, 11th Ed.
3rd Jeff Dunn -- "Female State Record, Bighorn" -- Eastman's Hunting Journal
Honorable Mention Glenn Zinkus -- "Metolius Meadow" -- Northwest Flyfishing
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1st John D. McFarland, III -- "Posted Private Property" -- Oregon Hunter Assn Calendar
2nd Dave Vedder-- "Whale Breach" -- SalmonTroutSteelheader
3rd Ray G. Foster -- "Steens Mountain Bucks" -- Oregon Hunter
Sponsor: Hunts Photo And Video
1st Michel Hersen -- "Zabriskie Point" -- Nature Photographer
2nd Michel Hersen-- "Sunset at the Tufas" -- Amateur Photographer
3rd Terrance Otto -- "Blue Water" -- NW Sportsman
1st Mike McKenna -- Angling Around Sun Valley
2nd Dennis Dauble -- The Barbless HOOK
3rd Scott Marchant -- The Hiker's Guide to Greater Boise
Honorable Mention Wayne Heinz -- Here's How to Catch Halibut
Sponsor: Lone Wolf Distributors, Inc.
1st Wayne Heinz -- "Angler Versus Tackle" -- Pacific NW Boating
2nd Dennis Clay -- "Outdoor Weddings are Special" -- Columbia Basin Herald
3rd Gary Lewis -- "Being Bear Aware" -- Bear Hunting Magazine
Honorable Mention Wayne Heinz -- "Angler's Guide to Fish Talk" -- Pacific NW Boating
1st Bud Journey -- "Winter Cabin in the Yaak" -- Distinctly Montana
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1st Sam Pyke -- "Pig Central" -- Gary Lewis' Adventure Journal
2nd Jeff Dunn -- "Seeking the One" -- Faith in the Field
3rd Samuel Pyke -- "Bugles in the High Country" -- Gary Lewis Outdoor Adventure Journal
Sponsor: ATK Ammunition Systems Group
1st John Kruse -- "Exploring Idaho's Snake River Country" -- Northwestern Outdoors Radio
2nd John Kruse -- "This Show is for The Birds" -- Northwest Outdoors Radio
1st GI Wilson -- "Sturgeon: Historic Fishery Comes To An End?" -- Sportsman's Guide
2nd Dennis Dunn -- "On the Edge of Space" -- The BAREBOW! Chronicles
3rd Wayne Heinz -- "The Elite of the Fleet" -- Pacific NW Boating
1st Kyla Merwin -- "A Beacon In the Pages of History" -- Sail Team Seattle
2nd Kyla Merwin -- "Port of Call" -- Sail Team Seattle
3rd Natalie Bartley -- "Advocate Extraordinaire" -- Rails to Trails
1st Greg Gulbrandsen -- "St. Paul's Journey Through the Islands of Greece" -- Life and Land Seminars
2nd Richy Harrod -- "Horseback Hunting" -- Northwest Outdoorsman
1st Kyla Merwin -- Sail Team Seattle Magazine
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: