Essay and photography categories will be judged based on presentation of Louisiana outdoor themes including hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, or other related outdoor experiences. Professional educators and outdoor communicators will judge entries.
Age divisions in the essay category are senior (ages 14-18) and junior (13 years of age and younger). Essays must be about personal experiences related to the outdoors, between 300 and 1,000 words in length, typed, double-spaced and only on one side of each page submitted.
All students 18 years of age or younger may participate in the photography category. Photographs must be original, unpublished and in color or black and white.
They must be center-mounted on 8x10 inch poster or mounting board and in a 4x6 inch, 5x7 inch or 8x10 inch print format.
First place winners receive $150, second place $100, third place $50 and honorable mention $25. All winning applicants receive an LOWA award certificate. Cash prizes were donated by the Louisiana Chapter of SCI and will be presented at the annual LOWA Conference in August. Winning entries will also have their work published in various media outlets and web sites.
Entries must be postmarked no later than May 11.
Send entries to The Advocate Educational Services/LOWA, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
Include the contestant's name, age, school, home address and telephone number at the top of the first page of each essay or attached to the back of the mounting board of each photo.
Participants who want their entries returned must include a self addressed stamped envelope. Winners will be notified by mail.