2017 Annual Meeting/Conference

 2017 VOWA Annual Meeting 
Saturday March 25, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel, 
Charlottesville, VA 22901

A great day was had by all! Sixty VOWA members and guests enjoyed a day of  learning, sharing, networking and supporting our organization. Wonderful presentations by talented speakers; Excellence-In-Craft, Collegiate and High School Awards presented; a delicious lunch, and the conclusion… an importatnt business meeting that helped to chart a strong course for VOWA’s future.

Thank you to our Outstanding Speakers!

Lynda Richardson
Virginia Wildlife Art Director

With over thirty years as a freelance magazine photographer, Lynda has learned a lot about what magazines want when hiring a photographer to cover an assignment.  Using clients such as Smithsonian Magazine and National Wildlife, Lynda discussed research, brain storming with writers and editors to create “shot sheets” and shooting images that tell the story in nearly the same way a writer crafts a novel.  Lynda gave her presentation, The Big Picture – Shooting Assignments for Magazine Clients, touching on various assignments from her past including a few adventures that made it all a story to tell.

Chris Burkett
DGIF Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator

In his talk “A Review of Virginia’s Newly Revised Wildlife Action Plan” Chris walked us through the Online “portal” and demonstrate how the database is organized and how outdoor writers can access the plan to bring attention to species in peril. Chris works extensively with DGIF staff and conservation partners on  projects meant to help keep species from becoming endangered. Chris is also heavily involved in efforts to define appropriate effectiveness measures for conservation agencies, write DGIF’s next strategic planning document, and develop new funding mechanisms for wildlife and habitat conservation.

Chris earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He offers this tongue-in-cheek description of himself: “He isn’t terribly bright but is generally good natured with a ‘live and let live’ attitude. When not trying to save the world or avert the next mass-extinction event, Chris is often found: cutting firewood; talking to his cats; growing odd plants; watching Star Trek; tending his worm herd; annoying his neighbors by ignoring his lawn and being nice to snakes and stinging insects; lamenting to anyone that will listen the tragedy that people don’t have prehensile tails; and engaging in various and sundry hobbies made obsolete by the Industrial Revolution.”

VOWA also expresses deep gratitude to the following organizations for their generous donations and support of our efforts in our contests and at this Annual Meeting:

Appalachian Mountain Advocates
Cooperative Living Magazine
Dominion Resources
Dubby’s Fishing & Hunting
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Fly Fishers of Virginia

Hunt’s Video and Photo
Majarov Photography
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

And to our Contest Judges, the success of our competitions falls on your shoulders and we are most grateful for all the time and energy you give to ensuring we choose the most deserving winners. Thank you!