Florida Outdoor Writers Association

 

FOWA 2014 Conference in Citrus County
The 2014 FOWA Conference will be held in Citrus County September 10-14 – check back for more details as we finalize the conference itinerary.

 

2013 Scholarship Awards

Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Devan Coffaro, she attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where she received special recognitionPhoto ©Tommy Thompson

Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Devan Coffaro, she attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where she received special recognition.

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Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Patrick Rynne, he attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where he received special recognition.

 

Devan Coffaro

Devan Coffaro – Devan Coffaro, a junior radio/television major at the University of Central Florida Nicholson School of Communication. Coffaro is already a published writer in various outlets, an avid hunter and an accomplished tarpon tournament angler. She has been a production intern with the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series television show, and currently serves as secretary of the UCF Reel Knights student fishing club.

 

Patrick Rynne

Patrick Rynne, a Ph.D. candidate in applied marine physics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Rynne is the creator and director of The Waterlust Project, a compelling series of short, ocean-related films that explore how people relate to water for recreation, scientific research and creative inspiration. The videos have drawn hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

 

 

FOWA 2013 Conference Wrap-Up
Tommy Thompson, Executive Director

For those of us who write regional fishing reports for Florida Sportsman magazine, there’s an unwritten rule:  don’t mention the weather in your opening paragraph.  However, there are exceptions to that rule and this FOWA Conference wrap-up is one.  Our 2013 Conference, hosted by Visit Central Florida at Westgate River Ranch Resort in Polk County was a huge success, despite being dampened slightly by afternoon thunderstorms and cursed with oppressive heat.  Get the picture?

I’m really sorry that some of you were unable to attend the event.  Nevertheless, we had a big crowd of communicators, tourism and corporate members.  It’s always hard to come up with a “number” of attendees, as some folks arrive late and others leave early, but I do know that we filled over 260 rooms during the course of the Conference.  And that’s what our tourism member hosts want:  heads in beds.  

I’ll outline our events, day-by-day . . .

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2013 Conference Photo Contest Winners

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First Place, JoNell Modys

 

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Second Place, Mark King

 

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Third Place, Logan Fowler

 

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Honorable Mention, Dale Sanders

 

Congratulations to all, and a big thanks for entering. This year’s Photo Contest drew over 50 entries from our Conference visit to Westgate River Ranch Resort in Polk County.

 

The Florida Outdoor Writers Assoc., Inc.

Chartered in 1946, FOWA is a not-for-profit 501(C)3 statewide paid professional communicators organization made up of outdoor communicators . . . READ MORE

 

Our Mission "Through ever-improving our communication skills . . . to heighten the education of all outdoor participants in the areas of conservation, safety, participation and environmental issues."

 

Conserving Florida's Outdoor Heritage The Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) is made up of the outdoor industry's top communicators, conservationists and industry related companies.