Niagara Falls, Niagara County, N.Y.—The New York State Outdoor Writers Association presented the winners of its annual writing and photography recognition program with carved duck decoy first-place awards and second- and third-place certificates and cash awards at the annual banquet of the organization at the Four Points by Sheraton in Niagara Falls, N.Y on Saturday evening, Oct. 20.
The organization of 100 active members—professional communicators—and several dozen supporting members from the outdoor and travel industry—gathered in Niagara County Oct. 18-21 for its annual conference. The Excellence in Craft writing competition and Janice M. Keesler Memorial Photo Contest, co-sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, The Sportsman Channel and Redding Reloading Equipment, were judged by respected professionals of national repute from outside the organization.
“Our judges commented on the professionalism of the entries,” said Leon Archer, chair and administrator of the Excellence in Craft program. “Some even said they were honored to have participated.”
The photo competition was administered by Bridget Keesler, daughter of the namesake of the photo competition, who played a major role in initiating and administering the photo awards program in its earliest days. The Excellence in Craft writing recognition program was administered by Archer of Fulton, who was elected NYSOWA’s president at the conference.
First-place winners in the writing competition for articles published in 2011 were: Newspaper Feature—David Figura, Skaneateles, for “Tree-stand Texter,” in the Oct. 28 Post Standard; Magazine Feature—Angelo Peluso, Port Jefferson, for “Long Island’s Secret Steelhead,” in the June On The Water; Magazine Column—Leo Maloney, Sherrill, for “Adirondack Whitetails,” in Spring North American Whitetail; Newspaper Column—David Figura, Skaneateles, for “Lion Dung Keeps Bunnies at Bay,” in the July 15 Post Standard Oneida Daily Dispatch; and Online Publication—Angelo Peluso, for “Fishing and the Outdoors: Long Island’s backyard wildlife” in the Dec. 21 northshoreoflongisland.com.
In the photo competition, first-place winners were: Hunting and Fishing—Angelo Peluso, Port Jefferson; Outdoor Scenic—Michael Sargent, Middleport; Outdoor Recreation—Leo Maloney, Sherrill; Published Photograph—Oak Duke, Wellsville; and Wildlife, Mike Lynch, Saranac Lake.
A complete list of first- to third-place finishers follows:
Excellence in Craft writing competition winners: Newspaper Feature--1. David Figura, "Tree-stand Texter," Post-Standard -- Oct. 28; 2. Mike Lynch, "Legendary Guide Jim Goodwin Dies at 101," Adirondack Daily Enterprise – April 11; 3. David Figura "Nature’s ‘B’ Menu," Post Standard – Sept. 16. Magazine Feature—1. Angelo Peluso, "Long Island’s Secret Steelhead," On The Water – Oct.; 2. Angelo Peluso, "Arti-fish-ial Intelligence," Tide – May-June; 3. Mike Kelly, "Are New York’s Famous Trout Streams as Good as Advertised?" New York Game and Fish – June. Newspaper Column: 1. David Figura, "Lion Dung Keeps Bunnies at Bay," Post-Standard – July 15; 2. Angelo Peluso, “That’s One Tenacious Spider,” Times Beacon Record -- Sept. 15; 3. Leon Archer, "My Old Friend," Oswego County Weeklies – Oct. 14. Magazine Column: 1.Leo Maloney, “Adirondack Whitetails,” North American Whitetail – Spring; 2. Tom Schlichter, “There’s More to Being a Mate,” The Fisherman -- June 23; 3. Fred Golofaro, “In the Heat of the Night,” The Fisherman – July 21;. Online Publication: 1. Angelo Peluso, “Fishing and the Outdoors: Long Island’s Backyard Wildlife” northshoreoflongisland.com -- Dec. 21; 2. Bill Hilts, Jr., “A Rendezvous with Shooting and History,” nssf.org – Sept. 26; 3. Bill Hilts, Jr., “4-H Shooting Sports Program Takes Aim on Future,” nssf.org – May 31.
Janice M. Keesler Memorial Photo Competition winners: Hunting and Fishing: 1. Angelo Peluso; 2. Bill Hollister, 3. Chris Kenyon. Outdoor Scenic: 1. Michael Sargent; 2. Mike Lynch; 3. Paul Schnell. Outdoor Recreation: 1. Leo Maloney; 2. Chris Kenyon; 3. Dan Ladd. Published: 1. Oak Duke; 2. Angelo Peluso; 3. Bill Hollister; Wildlife: 1. Mike Lynch; 2. Michael Sargent; 3. Angelo Peluso