Youth Outdoor Journalism contest begins

Staff reports

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association announced the start of its 2010 Youth Journalism Contest.

Open to all youth 18 and under, the contest is designed to stimulate an interest in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and most outdoor activities – and the ability to communicate this interest to the public.

This highly popular contest attracts entrants from all over Louisiana and neighboring states, and is lauded by educators statewide as an effective youth literacy project.

The contest, which will deadline Friday, June 11, has three categories consisting of Senior Essay (14-18 years old), Junior Essay (13 years old and under), and Photography (18 years old and under.)

Awards are given in first through fourth place in each category, and the winning students will be recognized by the LOWA at the annual conference banquet to be held August 7 in Covington.

For more information on contest rules and submissions, interested persons can go to the LOWA Web site at www.laoutdoorwriters.com, or they may e-mail Gordon Hutchinson, contest chairman, at ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.