Congratulations to our Excellence-in-Craft Winners!

*Note if you click on many of the titles you will find links to the winners work…read and enjoy! This page is a work in progress.  We will be adding bio material and photos of the winners so please come back and visit!

Outstanding Column

1st Place:  Amanda Creasey, “In the Alaskan Bush: Local Reading Specialist & Son Summer Up North
2nd Place:  Peter Brooks, Elkin’ at Elevation
3rd Place: Chris McCotter,Listening for the Bullfrogs

Outstanding Photo

Snow Geese at Sunrise, CNWR

1st Place: Ann & Rob Simpson, “Chincoteague Snow Geese at Sunrise”

Tagged Monarch

  2nd Place: Marie Majarov, Tagged Monarch”

3rd Place: Marie Majarov, Swamp Milkweed”

Swamp Milkweed

Outstanding Blog

1st Place: Bobby WhitescarverGetting More on the Ground Blog

Outstanding Feature Story

1st Place: Marie Majarov
Pollinator Waystation,” Virginia Wildlife, March/April 2018
2nd Place: Chris Bolgiano
Seeing the Forest for the Carbon,” Virginia Wildlife, March April 2018
3rd Place: King Montgomery
Gentleman Bob and the Mud Bat,” The Virginia Sportsman, Summer 2018

Outstanding Newsletter

1st Place: Robert ThomasThe Singing Reel
Newsletter of the Fly Fishers of Virginia

Outstanding Book

1st Place: Lisa Connors, Salmon Matters: How Fish Feed a Forest

Outstanding Illustration

Flowering Dogwood
Northern Neck Sailboats

1st Place: Betty Gatewood,“Flowering Dogwood”

2nd Place: Nikki Forman, “Snowy Owl

3rd Place: Ashley Unger, “Northern Neck Sailboats”


Special Awards

Fly Fishers of Virginia “Best Conservation Entry”
Marie Majarov

Pollinator Waystation,” Virginia Wildlife, March/April 2018

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing “Best Fly Fishing Entry”
Robert Thomas

The Singing Reel
The Newsletter of the Fly Fishers of Virginia

Appalachian Mountain Advocates “Conservation Writing Award”
Robert Whitescarver
Governor Northam, These Pipelines Aren’t Being Done Right


Special thanks to our Excellence-in-Craft sponsors: the Fly Fishers of Virginia, Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Mossy Creek Fly Fishing.  We also send our gratitude to the many fine judges involved in this competition for their generous donation of time, patience, and expertise in judging our contest.
VOWA thanks Robert Thomas for all his efforts in Chairing and organizing this successful Excellence-in-craft competition.