Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Tom Keer of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, (who writes for Anlging Trade) was recognized as an award recipient during the 2014 OWAA Excellence in Craft Contests. This annual awards program recognizes and honors the best work of outdoor communicators who are members of OWAA. This year, 57 individuals took home a total of more than $11,000 in cash prizes. For more info, visit http://owaa.org/eic.
First Place in the Gear/Technical Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest for “Drop ’em a dropper rig,” Kayak Angler, Summer/Fall 2013.
Second Place in the Gear/Technical Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest for “Easy kayak anchor,” Kayak Angler, Early Summer 2013.
Second Place in the Gear/Technical Category of the Blog Contest for “Steer with a homemade drogue,” TakeMeFishing.org, Nov. 26, 2013.
Third Place in the Gear/Technical Category of the Television/Video/Webcast Contest for “How to tie a surgeon’s knot,” TakeMeFishing.org, Aug. 28, 2013. The Gear/Technical Category entries must be informative about gear; or instructional in how to use outdoor equipment in an entertaining yet easy-to-understand manner.
Second Place in the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest for “Class in session,” USA Today, Summer 2013. The Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education Category recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors. The prize money for this category was sponsored by Realtree.
Second Place in the Hunting or Shooting Sports Category of the Newspaper/News Website Contest for “BVA program strives to preserve precious hunting heritage,” Daily Local News, Sept. 17, 2013. The Hunting or Shooting Sports Category includes hunting for both large and small game, and competitive or recreational shooting. This includes archery, firearms and other methods. Recreational shooting stories can be human interest stories or inspiring stories about a competition. The prize money for this category was sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
Third Place in the Humor Category of the Magazine/E-zine Contest for “The forbidden fruit,” Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, July 2013. The Humor Category better be funny and outdoors oriented.
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer, columnist and blogger who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for Covey Rise magazine, Upland Almanac, and Woodcock Limited and is a contributing editor for Fly Rod & Reel and Fly Fish America.
He is also a spokesman and blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. He writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines. He also owns The Keer Group, a full-service, outdoor marketing company. When they are not fishing the beaches and the flats, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.
Visit him at www.thekeergroup.com or at www.tomkeer.com.
The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. Visit www.owaa.org for more info.