Youth Writers & Photogs, This One’s for You!

The Outdoor Writers Association of America: Improves the professional skills of our members, Sets the highest ethical and communications standards, Encourages public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources, and Mentors the next generation of professional outdoor communicators.

On September 15, 2022, the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) launched the opening of the 2022 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards as well as their second annual OWAA Student Photo Contest. 

“Encouraging the next generation of outdoor media professionals is a key tenet of our mission,” said Chez Chesak, Executive Director of OWAA. “It’s rewarding for our association to recognize the great work of these young, passionate outdoor storytellers and we hope that we’ll be able to continue to support and further encourage them throughout their careers.”

Prizes are awarded to winners in grades 11–12 and college students, including:

$200 for 1st place winners & OWAA student membership (valued at $25)

$100 for 2nd place winners & OWAA student membership (valued at $25)

$50 for 3rd place winners & OWAA student membership (valued at $25)

How to Enter:

Entering the contests is easy. Any outdoor-themed written or photographic work created this calendar year can be submitted between September 1, 2022, and January 31, 2023, via the submission portal at OWAA’s Contest page. Complete rules of the contests are also available at that site.

Winners of the North Strung Youth Writing Awards will be given additional consideration when applying for OWAA’s Bodie McDowell Scholarship and are highly encouraged to do so.

To learn more about these two great youth opportunities visit!

Cover photo courtesy of OWAA; Credit: Lisa Densmore Ballard

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