Weekly Citizen outdoors columnist Lyle Johnson among members honored at LOWA conference

Staff reports
This was the first fish of the morning caught on a Special “T” spinner bait.

Gonzales Weekly Citizen outdoors columnist Lyle Johnson was among the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) members honored during the group’s 66th annual conference, Aug. 5-6 in Houma.

The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2011 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2011 competition were judged by members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.

For more detailed information about the competition or LOWA, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com. The winners and sponsors of the 2011 EIC competition by category:

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1,000 words)

1st  John Flores; 2nd James Guice; 3rd Deborah Burst

Co-Sponsors: LA Forestry Association and LA Association of Professional Biologists

Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st Jerald Horst; 2nd Jerald Horst; 3rd John Flores

Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Newspaper Article

1st Glynn Harris; 2nd John Flores; 3rd John Flores

Sponsor: LA Sportsman Magazine

Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Glynn Harris; 2nd Joe Macaluso and Gary Rispone; 3rd Glynn Harris

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter

Electronic Media

1st Deborah Burst; 2nd Lyle Johnson; 3rd David Moreland

Sponsor: CCA Louisiana

Black and White Still Photograph

1st John Flores; 2nd John Flores; 3rd Jerald Horst

Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

Color Still Photograph

1st Jerald Horst; 2nd John Flores; 3rd Paula Ouder

Sponsor: LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

Topical Article on Coastal Wetland Protection/Restoration (more than 750 words)

1st Lyle Johnson; 2nd Lyle Johnson; 3rd Wendy Billiot

Sponsor: Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and   protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.