Okay, all you parents and grandparents of kids who like to hunt and fish and do other outdoor recreational activities. It’s time to pull out the keyboard for a little summer-time brush up on the old English and grammar skills or lend them your camera and see if you have a shutterbug in the family!
As a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association, it brings me great pleasure to bring these contests to you. The Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) has been going on for many years, and it is a fantastic opportunity for young writers and photographers. the winners get wide-spread publicity via print and Internet.
There are two different categories: Writing and Photography
There are two age categories: Junior (ages 7-13) Senior (ages 14-18)
If you have a child or grandchild who enjoys the outdoors and has a little gift for writing and/or photography, please encourage them to enter. Generous cash prizes are awarded for first through third place in each category and age group. The contest is designed to recognize young talent and the prizes encourage careers in outdoor journalism. Each child can enter writing AND photography, if they so desire. All the official entry requirements are below.
It sure would mean a lot to me if some relative of one the readers here would enter and win, and then come to our annual LOWA Banquet in Lafayette in August where we could share a meal and get to meet each other. LOWA pays for the banquet for the winner and two guests (usually parents). We have a GREAT time at our banquet. All LOWA members are professional outdoor journalists of some type–radio, TV, newspaper, magazine, or Internet, and this is when we receive recognition and awards for anything we’ve done in the past year that was noteworthy.
So, let me sweeten the pot just a little bit more: If the relative of a reader who follows this blog regularly places first through third in either the Essay or Photography Contest, I will give that child a personalized, signed copy of the limited edition of my book, “Before the Saltwater Came”.
HURRY, because the deadline for us to receive entries by mail is July 12th.