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Excellence in Craft Contest

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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Excellence in Craft Winners for Work Completed in 2014

Column of the Year

Sponsor: Alpen Optics
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

Fishing Article in Media Other Than Newspaper

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

Fishing Article--Newspaper

Sponsor: TTI Blakemore Fishing Group[
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

Hunting/Shooting Article in Media Other Than Newspaper

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

Hunting/Shooting Article--Newspaper

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

Travel/Camping/Recreation Article

Sponsor: Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau
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

Managing our World

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

Photography, People

Sponsor: NOWA
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

Photography, Fauna

Sponsor: Tec Laboratories
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

Photography, Outdoors

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


Sponsor: NOWA
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

Photography/Art on the Web

1st Bud Journey -- "Winter Cabin in the Yaak" -- Distinctly Montana


Sponsor: ATK Ammunition Systems Group
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

Digital: Fishing and/or Hunting Article

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

Digital: Article Other than Fishing and/or Hunting

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

Video Appearing on the Web

1st Greg Gulbrandsen -- "St. Paul's Journey Through the Islands of Greece" -- Life and Land Seminars
2nd  Richy Harrod -- "Horseback Hunting" -- Northwest Outdoorsman

Digital Apps and other Multi-Media

1st Kyla Merwin -- Sail Team Seattle Magazine

Enos Bradner Award

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:

1985: Howard Gray
1986: Stan Jones
1987 :Milt Keizer
1988: Herb Williams
1989: Don Holm
1990: Fred L. Peterson
1991: Ed Park
1992: Doug Wilson
1993: Terry Sheely
1994: Gary Christenson
1995: Charles Summers
1996: Gwen Peterson
1997: Mildred Ericson

1998: Bob Mottram
1999: Francis Caldwell
2000: Bill Keil
2001: Denis Clay
2002: Henry Frew
2003: Dave Vedder
2004: Ron Kerr
2005: Jack McNeel
2006: Sue & Eric Hansen
2007: Scott Richmond
2008: Bill Monroe
2009: Gary Lewis
2011: Peter Schroeder
2014: Chuck Robbins

Fred Peterson Award

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:

1996: International Sportsmen's Expositions
1997: Yakima Bait Company
1998: Plano Molding Company
1999: Luhr Jensen & Sons
2000: Bushnell Sports Optics Worldwide
2001: National Shooting Sports Foundation
2002: Coleman Company Inc.
2003: Shakespeare Fishing Tackle
2004: Hells Canyon Visitor Association
2005: Flathead Convention & Visitor Bureau
2006: Dennis Phillips (The Walker Agency)
2007: DeLorme
2008: Remington (Freedom Group, Inc.)
2009: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
2010: Lone Wolf Distributors, Inc.
2011: Camp Chef 2014: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation