Writers win OWC awards for OOD

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Steve Galea’s article on hand-carved lures, “A rig of my own”, appeared in the Fall 2021 (October) issue of Ontario OUTSIDE magazine.

Four Ontario OUTSIDE contributors were once again honored by Outdoors Writers of Canada (OWC) with five annual awards for 2022.

Editor-in-chief Gord Ellis, associate editor Steve Galea, senior reporter Jeff Helsdon and contributor James Smedley were honored.

Helsdon and Ellis took second and third place respectively in the Column category, for “The jake debate,” of the May 2021 issue and “Reality or fiction? fall (october) 2021 issue.

Galea won third place in the Hunting Feature category, as well as second place in the Ducks Unlimited Canada Conservation Award, for “A rig of my own,” her passionate story about carving her own duck decoys from issue #1. fall 2021.

Smedley won second place in the Fishing Feature category for “Snowshoe to squaretails”, in January-February. 2021 issue.

Efforts Appreciated

The rewards correspond to OOD‘s OWC Award haul from the previous year.

“These four writers are no strangers to awards, as they consistently win every year,” OOD said editor/associate editor Ray Blades. “Their efforts over the past three decades or more are greatly appreciated.”

OOD contributors also won for their work elsewhere.

Helsdon won third place in the Future of Hunting in Canada award for “Grandfather’s Weapon” Posted in Waterfowl Delta. He won third place in the Magazine Column category for the same article in 2020 after it was published in OOD.

Smedley also won third place in the Photography – Fish, Wildlife and Wilderness category for Wood Canoe on Superior, and second place in the Photography – Outdoor Activities category for Paddling the Agawa, both published in Algoma Country Travel Guide 2021.

More than 100 applications evaluated

Judges evaluated 109 submissions in 11 categories, OWC Awards Chairman Adam Patterson said Monday, May 30.

“Thank you to all of the judges who spent so many hours evaluating the entries, and a very special thank you to our sponsors, Tourism Saskatchewan, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Benelli, Delta Waterfowl and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association,” said he wrote. “The support of our sponsors and the dedication of our judges continue to raise the bar for outdoor communications in Canada. »

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