Conservation Hawks Announces Media Challenge Winners

Conservation Hawks, Inc., a group of hunters and anglers working to defend America’s sporting heritage, is pleased to announce the winners of the $25,000+ Outdoor Media Climate Challenge, which was facilitated by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.  The contest was designed to recognize and reward media members who shared an accurate, compelling climate message with hunters & anglers in the Southeastern U.S. 

Rick Crawford of Charleston, SC won the $10,000 Grand Prize for his Sustainable Angler podcast with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.  Crawford’s Grand Prize-winning entry topped the Audio/Video/Still Images category.

Frank Sargeant took home the $5,000 First Prize in the Writing category for his three part series “A No-Nonsense Look At Climate Change,” which appeared in the Fishing Wire and the Outdoor Wire.  You can read all three parts of Sargeant’s series by clicking on the links below:

“A No-Nonsense Look At Climate Change” – Part 1
“A No-Nonsense Look At Climate Change” – Part 2

“A No-Nonsense Look At Climate Change” – Part 3

As scientists have been pointing out for decades, human-caused climate change poses a serious threat to our fish and wildlife, to our landscapes and waters, and ultimately to our hunting and fishing.  Unfortunately, that threat goes largely unnoticed and undiscussed in America’s outdoor media. Conservation Hawks (CH) is working to change that dynamic and raise the profile of the climate crisis.

The full list of winners is available below.

Writing Winners
          First prize – $5,000   “A No-Nonsense Look At Climate Change” by Frank Sargeant
          Second prize – $3,000   “What We Once Thought Timeless” by Johnny Sain
          Third prize – $1,000   “Red tide is always bad. Global warming is making it worse” by Giuseppe Sabella
          Fourth prize – $750  “Are there fish in there?” by Rick Van Noy
          Fifth prize – $500  “Parts of the southeastern U.S. are naturally resilient to climate change” by Matthew Reilly

 Audio/Video/Still Image Winners
          First prize – $5,000   Sustainable Angler Podcast
          Second prize – $3,000  Emerger Strategies Video
          Third prize – $1,000  The Venturing Angler Podcast
          Fourth prize – $750  Ann & Rob Simpson (not available online)
          Fifth prize – $500  RepYourWater Video

To learn more about climate change and its impact on sportsmen, please visit the Conservation Hawks website at

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