Florida Outdoor Writers Association


2014 (Calendar Year) Excellence-in-Craft Entry Form and Rules


View The Winners of the 2013 Excellence in Craft Awards



2014 Scholarship Winners



David Shiffman — David is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, active in the lab of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, and writes for one of the most widely read ocean science blogs on the Internet, Southern Fried Science. He earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University, and a master’s degree from the College of Charleston. He aspires to be a scientist, a science educator, and a science communicator. David specializes in social media. His Twitter account, @WhySharksMatter, has more than 19,000 followers, and has been named a top science account to follow by the Huffington Post and Business Insider. As an undergraduate at Duke, he worked with the wilderness hiking organization Project WILD, a student-run group that takes 70-80 incoming Duke freshmen into the woods of North Carolina for two weeks to help them learn skills for overcoming challenges. Sales from his book titled “Project WILD: The People Places, and History” raised several thousand dollars to cover the cost of low-income Project WILD participants.david-shiffman_fowa
Chelsey Crandall — Chelsey is a Ph.D. student in fisheries at the University of Florida, and a founding partner of a film company, Ocypode Productions, that makes educational videos about fisheries research. As a field researcher, she has tagged bull sharks in the Indian River Lagoon, tracked reef fish in the Caribbean, and studied salt marsh snakes in Cedar Key. Her graduate research, however, is focused on understanding how to better share fisheries science information with recreational fishermen and involve anglers more in fisheries management decisions. Chelsey’s light-hearted documentary about peppermint shrimp research, “Michael and the Peppermints,” was awarded the Peoples’ Choice Award at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. She is a native Floridian, known for her drive and an invariably cheerful personality. She’s also written and illustrated the film short, “How Old is That Fish,” which can be accessed at this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UFXw0Q38Qochelsey_crandall_fowa







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