OWAC Recognizes the West's Top Outdoors/Adventure Media Communications Pros


Last updated 10/3/2019 at 10:57am

Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) – the leading organization of professional outdoor media communicators in the western region – recently recognized nearly two-dozen recipients in their annual Excellence in Craft Awards.

The awards program acknowledges distinction and professionalism in reportage of outdoor recreation, sports and travel, in both news and feature categories; in the print, web and broadcast media. Entries must have been published or aired during the prior (2018) calendar year, and are subsequently judged by a panel of media professionals and editors.

Highly regarded in the industry, the EIC awards were presented at the OWAC conference in Mt. Shasta, California hosted by Discover Siskiyou, where attendees also enjoyed workshops, outdoor activities and camaraderie.

Two books by author Diana Lindsay were recognized at the OWAC Awards ceremony. In addition to third place in the Best Outdoor Guidebook category, Lindsay’s Coloring Plants – a coloring book teaching about Desert Indians’ native plants and their uses – won second place.

Founded in 1986, OWAC is a non-profit association of media professionals who cover and communicate the outdoor recreational opportunities and related issues that take place in California and the western region.

Members include newspaper and magazine staffers, freelance writers, book authors, radio and television broadcasters, video producers, editors, photographers and artists.

Despite a diverse span of interests – from hunting to wildlife preservation, bird-watching to game cuisine – members share a passion for conveying the wealth of our region’s outdoor pursuits, while enjoying the support, collaboration and camaraderie of other industry professionals.