Outdoor Writers Association Of California Announces Scholarship Program Contest

The following press release is courtesy of the Outdoor Writers Association of California:


Outdoor Writers Association of California announces 2023 Scholarship program
OXNARD, CALIF. 9 JAN 2022 – – Entries are being sought for the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) annual Vachini High School Scholarship contest for outdoor writing and photography. This prestigious contest is open to high school juniors and seniors throughout California’s public and private school system. Entries are being accepted until April 1, 2023: application is free.

The contest was founded in honor of the late wife of Don Vachini, one of California’s foremost outdoor journalists. It recognizes excellence in writing and photography focusing on the outdoors. Last year OWAC awarded prizes to 19 California high school students from six different schools and academies.

Written submissions of 500 words or more on outdoor subjects are being sought, in formats including essay, news article, personal experience, poetry, documentary, blog and research studies. Photographers are invited to submit a portfolio of three photos of any combination of outdoor subjects (fauna, flora, scenic, people). A panel of professional journalists will judge the entries utilizing a point system. Cash prizes are offered for first, second and third place winners. Deadline is April 1, 2023. For full details on the contest rules and requirements please visit: https://owac.org/entry-rules-2023-high-school-outdoor-writing-photography-scholarships/

OWAC was founded in 1986  as a non-profit organization of media professionals who communicate the vast array of outdoor recreational opportunities and related issues in California and the western region. Members include newspaper and magazine staff, freelance writers, authors, bloggers, photographers, web producers, broadcasters, editors and more, who cover every aspect of outdoor recreation, the environment, wildlife, public lands, nature, travel, and such, on assorted media platforms. With the Vachini Scholarship program OWAC seeks to encourage and support California youth in pursuing these career avenues. For more information on OWAC visit www.Owac.org