Florida Outdoor Writers Association Announces 2021 Excellence in Craft Award Winners
VENICE, FL. (August 21, 2021) – The best in Florida outdoor writing, photography, and videography, was honored August 21 by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) at the Ramada by Wyndham Venice Hotel Venezia in Venice.
Sponsored by Visit Sarasota County; Discover Crystal River; and the Plantation Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association 2021 Excellence in Craft awards recognize FOWA members who produced outstanding content in the form of broadcast, digital, and print media during 2020.
Each category of award is sponsored by one of our partner organizations, from destinations to media sources and organizations who wish to support outdoor conservation, allowing for monetary awards and trophies.
Winners of the 2021 Florida Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft awards are:
Conservation Story sponsored by West Volusia Tourism
First Place: Steve Wayne – FWC Port Investigations – Chief of Police Magazine
Second Place: Diane Bedard – Saving Crystal River an article in NatureCoaster.com
Third Place: Ralph Allen – Things You Thought You Knew – Waterline Weekly
Digital Platform sponsored by SoloTravelGirl.com
First Place: Sandra Friend and John Keatley – FloridaHikes.com
Second Place: Jimmy Jacobs – On the Fly South
Third Place: Lucy Tobias – Saturday Morning Magazine
Family Participation in the Outdoors
sponsored by Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
First Place: Sally White – Levy County’s Best Kept Secret: the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, an article in NatureCoaster.com
Second Place: Cefus McRae – Giving Thanks, an article in Angler Magazine
Third Place: Sally White – Hiking the Blue Run Historic Railway Trail in NatureCoaster.com
Feature Article, 1,200 Words or Longer sponsored by Discover Crystal River
First Place: Doug Stamm – A Lake Erie Kinda Day – BoatUS Magazine
Second Place: Karuna Eberl – Call of Duty National Parks Magazine
Third Place: Jimmy Jacobs – Study the Shifts for Specks Game & Fish Magazine
Article or Column, Fewer than 1,200 Words sponsored by West Palm Beach Fishing Club
First Place: Ralph Allen: Things You Thought You Knew – Waterline Weekly
Second Place: Karuna Eberl: Letter from the Keys: Week 6 of Quarantine – Florida Rambler
Third Place: Steve Wayne: Find Your Secret Fishing Spot – LureNet
Outdoor Travel & Destination Story sponsored by Florida’s Adventure Coast
First Place: Sally White – Dunnellons Rainbow Springs Then and Now, an article in NatureCoaster.com
Second Place: Jennifer Huber – Historic Cortez Village full of Florida maritime culture – Charlotte Sun
Third Place: Paul Presson – Discovering Anclotes Hidden Treasure, an article in NatureCoaster.com
Outdoor Book sponsored by Florida Power and Light Company
First Place: Lucy Tobias – The Zen of Florida Gardening
Second Place: Sandra Friend and John Keatley – Discovering the Florida Trail
Photojournalism/Photography sponsored by NatureCoaster.com
First Place: Cefus McRae – Sails of Crocodile Bay – Nuts & Bolts of Fishing TV
Second Place: Doug Stamm – Lake Erie Walleye – BoatUS Magazine
Third Place: Jimmy Jacobs – Lady on the Beach – On The Fly South
Online Blog Post sponsored by Misty Wells of Let’s Take it Outside
First Place: Karuna Eberl: “Letter from the Keys: Week 6 of Quarantine” – Florida Rambler
Second Place: Diane Bedard – Bringing the Butterflies Back to Dade City an article in NatureCoaster.com
Third Place: Jennifer Huber – Where Adventure Dogs are Made – Solo Travel Girl
TV/Video/Webcast sponsored by Florida for Families dba Sally White
First Place: Jay Withers – Silver Dusk, an episode of Guidelines TV
Second Place: Cefus McRae – Sails of Crocodile Bay, an episode of Nuts & Bolts of Fishing TV
Third Place: Cefus McRae – King Mackerel Mayhem, an episode of Nuts & Bolts of Fishing TV
Corporate and Organizational Member Promos sponsored by Florida Hikes
First Place: Power Pole – Power Pole Presents
Second Place: Titusville Chamber of Commerce – Titusville Video Series
Third Place: Ocala Marion County VCB – Outdoor Adventure Passport
2019 Best From Conference Sponsored by Daytona Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sally White – Best Things to do in Daytona Beach with Kids
“Since our beginnings in 1946, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association supports and encourages our outdoor communicators to share the Sunshine State’s unique outdoor heritage. Nobody knows Florida better than FOWA members. We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary this year and I’m pleased we safely celebrated the accomplishments of our talented members during the annual conference in Sarasota County. Thank you to our generous sponsors and congratulations to all winners,” said Jennifer Huber, 2020 & 2021 President of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
The not-for-profit organization meets annually. The next conference is scheduled for Sept. 7 – 11, 2022 in Crystal River, Florida.
Chartered in 1946, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) statewide paid professional communicators organization made up of outdoor communicators with the goals to educate the public, improve knowledge and skill, support the best use and wise management of all-natural resources, maintain the highest standards of professional competence and ethics, get the facts, and motivate and encourage young people to promote the outdoors and conservation.
Learn more at www.fowa.org and connect with the group on facebook.com/FOWAOrg.
Mr. Butch Newell
Florida Outdoor Writers Association