2018 Annual Meeting

2018 VOWA Annual Meeting 

Saturday, March 24th
DoubleTree Hotel 
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Our 2018 Annual Meeting was held Saturday March 24th with a wonderful gathering of 59 members and guests who enjoyed the informative program of speakers, awards ceremonies, fabulous elk pictures, and a delicious meal!

Details for our fall 2018 Elk Trip were discussed and finalized. Lynda Richardson enticed many to sign up with her fabulous pictures!

Our young High School and Collegiate Winners were particularly touching and inspiring. It was very special to see and hear the photographers and writers who are the futures stewards

Please visit our Winners Showcases Under the Contest Tab! 

Our speakers:

Justin Ide
Stronger Images Make for Better Stories”   

VOWA is proud to welcome Justin Ide as a craft improvement speaker that will benefit photographers and writers alike to make or choose great images for their stories. He will be talking about what exactly makes a “stronger image” and what you should be thinking about when you are photographing and trying to tell a story with your images.

Justin Ide is a veteran photojournalist, having covered major news, sports and feature stories worldwide for over twenty years.  Previously based in Boston, MA, as a staff photographer at The Boston Herald, and as Director of Photography at Harvard University, he is now based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Justin tells us that “in addition to being a photographer, I am a professional firefighter riding backwards on an engine most days.  When not on assignment, or on an engine, I can be found chasing wild trout with a fly rod, and I also enjoy cooking in the kitchen with my wife Susan and daughter Marina, under the watchful eyes of our chocolate lab Rio.”


Matt Schwartz
VOWA Executive Director
“Microsoft Word Tips”

Our very capable, and well organized, VOWA Executive Director Matt Schwartz will present interesting and amazing “Microsoft Word Tips” that can make life easier when using Word in your writing. You will also have an opportunity to get to know Matt more personally…beyond the regular email blasts he sends to the membership.

Matt was born and raised in South San Francisco and from there he joined the Navy and saw the world… Milton, Florida; Kodiak, Alaska; San Diego, Meridian, Mississippi; Oslo, Norway; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; and Washington, DC area. With 20 years of service he retired and worked with various government contractors as an administrative manager, spent 10 years with Hechinger Company, and six years working as a buyer for Fairfax County Public Schools…he brings to us a wealth of administrative experience!

Matt tells us that he cooks and enjoys baking various deserts, and that he has done some fishing and hunting… “just enough” he says, “to know most of the terms and the fact that I would starve to death if I had to rely on those skills to get food.”



VOWA is most grateful 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 Energy
Dubby’s Fishing & Hunting
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Fly Fishers of Virginia

Focal Fix
Majarov Photography
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
National Shooting Sports Foundation
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!