Caroga Lake, Fulton 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 cash awards at the annual banquet of the organization at the Nick Stoner Inn in Caroga Lake, N.Y on Saturday evening, Oct. 15.
The organization of 100 active members—professional communicators—and several dozen supporting members from the outdoor and travel industry—gathered in Fulton County Oct. 13-16 for its annual conference. The Excellence in Craft writing competition and Janice Keesler Memorial Photo Contest, co-sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and The Sportsman Channel, were judged by respected professionals 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.
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. Bridget Keesler was awarded honorary membership in NYSOWA for her work on behalf of the contest and the organization at the NYSOWA’s annual meeting.
“I am pleased to help preserve the name and memory of my mother,” Keesler said, “and I am grateful for this honor from the New York State Outdoor Writers Association.”
First-place winners in the writing competition for articles published in 2010 were: Newspaper Feature—Mike Lynch, Saranac, for “Bear Bandits Meets His Match,” in the Oct. 9-10 Adirondack Daily Enterprise; Magazine Feature—Charles Witek III, West Babylon, for “Heritage of the Adirondacks,” in the Feb. 2010 On The Water; Magazine Column—Angelo Peluso, Port Jefferson, for “Flies to Take to Heaven,” in Aug.-Sept. 2010 Fish Alaska Magazine; Newspaper Column—Leo Maloney, Sherrill, for “Early Grouse Season Is an Autumn Treat,” in Sept. 17, 2010, Oneida Daily Dispatch; and Online Publication—Leon Archer, Fulton, for “Since When?” in Sept. 4, 2010, Valleynewsonline.com.
In the photo competition, first-place winners were: Hunting and Fishing—Zeno Hromin, Westbury; Outdoor Scenic—Zeno Hromin; Outdoor Recreation—Dan Ladd, West Fort Ann; Published Photograph—Chris Kenyon, Wolcott; and Wildlife, Chris Kenyon.
A complete list of first- to third-place finishers follows:
Excellence in Craft writing competition winners: Newspaper Feature--1. Mike Lynch, "Bear Bandit Meets His Match," Adirondack Daily Enterprise – Oct. 9-10, 2010; 2. David Figura, "Hooked for Life," The Post Standard - June 27, 2010; 3. Mike Lynch, "Hiking on the Edge, "Adirondack Daily Enterprise – Jan. 16, 2010. Magazine Feature—1. Charles Witek III, "Heritage of the Adirondacks," On The Water – Feb. 2010; 2. Charles Witek III, "Déjà Vu... All Over Again, "Tide – May-June 2010; 3. (Tie) Tom Schlichter, "Carp Fever: Set Your Sights On Sweetwater Monsters," The Fisherman -- April 8, 2010, and Mike Lynch, "Bald Eagles Have Landed in the Adirondacks,” Embark July - August 2010. Newspaper Column: 1. Leo Maloney, "Early Grouse Season Is An Autumn Treat" Oneida Daily Dispatch –Sept. 17, 2010; 2. David Figura, "Memories of Dad and His Deerslayer," The Post Standard -December 31, 2010; 3. Bill Hilts Jr., "Ice Fishing Season Is Finally Here," Niagara Gazette – Dec. 19, 2010. Magazine Column: 1. Angelo Peluso, “Flies to Take to Heaven,” Fish Alaska Magazine, Aug.-Sept. 2010; 2. Deborah Brosen, “The Joy of Becoming an Outdoors Woman,” Outdoors Magazine—May 2010; 3. David Figura, “Where They Grow the Big Ones,” Central New York Sport magazine—Summer 2010. Online Publication: 1. Leon Archer, “Since When?” Valleynewsonline.com, Sept. 4, 2010; 2. Oak Duke, “Rut Prediction for 2010 Deer Season in the Northeast and Midwest,” Wellsvilledaily.com—Jan. 21, 2010; 3. (Tie) Leo Maloney, “Sport Fish with an Attitude,” FishNY.com—June 20, 2010, and Glenn Sapir, “AR-Style Modern Sporting Rifles Are Prominent at the SHOT Show,” AR Guns & Hunting—Vol. 2 Issue 1.
Janice M. Keesler Memorial Photo Competiton winners: Hunting and Fishing: 1. Zeno Hromin; 2. Bill Hilts, Jr., 3. Chris Kenyon. Outdoor Scenic: 1. Zeno Hromin; 2. Chris Kenyon; 3. Leo Maloney. Outdoor Recreation: 1. Dan Ladd; 2. Michael Sargent; 3. Bill Hollister. Published: 1. Chris Kenyon; 2. Michael Sargent; 3. Bill Hollister; Wildlife: 1. Chris Kenyon; 2. Michael Sargent; 3. Michael Sargent.
For more information, contact:
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