POWA Excellence in Craft Winners

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The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Awards were presented during the POWA Spring Conference banquet in Pottsville, PA.

Board Chairman Tom Tatum distributed to 10 individuals in 16 categories. (Not all winners are pictured.)


Best Newspaper Column (sponsored by Pennsylvania Hunters Sharing the Harvest) – Linda & Bob Steiner for “Hunt Helps Make Sense of Emotions” published in The Derrick and The News-Herald on Oct. 13, 2011.

Best Newspaper Feature (sponsored by Safari Club International, Pa. Chapters, Region 25) – Bob Frye for “Survival of the Pheasant” published in the Tribune-Review on May 15, 2011.

Best Magazine or Regional Newspaper Column (sponsored by Ultimate Fishing Maps) – Bob Steiner for “Time We Stop Making Spectacle of Outdoors Women” published in Pennsylvania Outdoor News on Feb. 18, 2011.

Best magazine or Regional Newspaper Feature (sponsored by Reed Exhibitions) – Paula Piatt for “Bass Tourneys Improve Release Practices, But Debate Still Swirls” published in New York Outdoor News.

Best Published Newspaper Photo (sponsored by POWA  Past President’s Fund) – Bob Steiner for “New Wings Need Passion to Soar” published in The Derrick and The News-Herald.

Best Published Magazine Photo (sponsored by POWA Membership Fund) – Bob Steiner for “Rattler” published in Pennsylvania Magazine, May/June 2011.

Best Radio/TV Program Award (sponsored by  sponsored by Susquehanna River Trails Association) – Alex Zidock for “Out in the Open TV Program: Opening Day of PA Trout Season” on Blue Ridge TV13.

Best Published Art (sponsored by GATCO Sharpeners/Timberline Knives) – Gerald Putt for “Mentored Morning” published by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2011 Wild Turkey Heritage Print.


Bass Pro Shops Pass it On Award (sponsored by Bass Pro Shops) – Terry Brady for “1st Striper: A Pound for Every Year She’s Been His Fishing Buddy” published in Pennsylvania Outdoor News, Nov. 11, 2011.

Pennsylvania Trappers Award (sponsored by Pa. Trappers Association) – Bob Frye for “The Mystery of the Vanishing Muskrats” published in FUR-FISH-GAME, May 2011.
Trout & The Coldwater Resource Award (sponsored by PA Council of Trout Unlimited) – Mark Nale for “Hard-Working Individuals Can and Do Make a Difference” published in The Daily Herald on July 12, 2011.

Youth Fishing Award (sponsored by Expositions, Inc.) – Terry Brady for “1st Striper: A Pound for Every Year She’s Been His Fishing Buddy” published in Pennsylvania Outdoor News, Nov. 11, 2011.

Youth and the Hunting/Shooting Sports Award (sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation) – Charlie Burchfield for “Squirrel Hunting Lessons Invaluable” published in Tri-County Sunday on Oct. 16, 2011.

Young Trees Habitat Award (sponsored by the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society) – Bob Steiner for “State Game Lands Remake – Be Patient, it’s All Good!” published in Pennsylvania Outdoor News on October 28, 2011.

Crossbow Award (sponsored by the Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation) – Will Elliott for “Crossbow Demo Draws Interest” published in The Buffalo News/Sunday on April 24, 2011.

Wildlife Art Award (sponsored by The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art) – Gerald Putt for “Meeting the Challenge” which features an elk herd in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.