SEOPA Media Awards

Power Pole
Lews Fishing
Strike King
MonsterTopAd
Atlas Jack Plate
Lews Fishing

(BADIN, N.C.) At its 49th annual conference, held In Lake Charles, LA on Oct. 9-12, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) recognized winners in its Excellence in Craft competition, which is sponsored by Chevrolet. First, second, and third place winners were announced in eight categories. Also included in the ceremony were recipients of the Sharon Rushton Award (recognizing outstanding coverage of youth in the outdoors), the Realtree Website Horizons Award, and coverage of the Branson, MO site where SEOPA met in 2011.

Among the 19 organization members recognized for their professional accomplishments were a number of multiple winners. They included Keith Sutton, who had the first place contribution in the Electronic Publication and Daily Newspaper categories as well as being the Sharon Rushton Award winner; Jim Spencer, with firsts in both Magazine and Magazine Short categories; Monte Burke; Johnny Sain; Glynn Harris; and Jack Horan. A complete lists of winners and their entries follows.

AUDIO PROGRAM

1st Place: Glynn Harris, “I Did It for Bambi”
O’Neal Outdoors – ESPN 97.7 – July 6, 2012

2nd Place: Wade Bourne, “Barry Jennings:
Conasauga River Float Fishing”
Wired2Fish Radio (syndicated) – May 2, 2013

3rd Place: Glynn Harris, “Love-Hate
Relationships with Turkeys”
O’Neal Outdoors – ESPN 97.7 – April 19, 2013

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION

1st Place: Keith Sutton
“Champion Retriever King Buck”
ArkansasOnline.com – Feb. 3, 2013

2nd Place: Monte Burke
“PETA Still Has It All Wrong”
Forbes.com – Oct. 13, 2012

3rd Place: Monte Burke
“Fishing in New York City After Hurricane”
Forbes.com – Dec. 5, 2012

OUTDOOR BOOK

1st Place: J. Wayne Fears
Isaac: Trek to Kings Mountain

2nd Place: Tommy Thompson
The Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Tampa Bay

3rd Place: Hovey Smith
Extreme Muzzleloading

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER STORY

1st Place: John Sloan, “Empty Chair”
Wilson Post – Oct. 10, 2012

2nd Place: John Sloan, “When It Is Time”
Wilson Post – Oct. 19, 2012

3rd Place: Ben Moise, “Reminiscing About
the Urge to Hunt”
Charleston (S.C.) Mercury – Feb. 7, 2013

DAILY NEWSPAPER STORY

1st Place: Keith Sutton, “Piranha!”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Nov. 11, 2012

2nd Place: Jack Horan, “Hiker, Pal Aim High”
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer – May 2013

3rd Place: Keith Sutton, “The One and Only
Duck Stamp Dog”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Feb. 3, 2013

PHOTOGRAPH

1st Place: Polly Dean, “Labrador Retriever”
West Virginia Game & Fish – May 2013

2nd Place: Mike Giles, “Rocky Mountain Big Horn”
The Meridian (Miss.) Star – January 2013

3rd Place: Jack Horan, “BMX Bikes Fly High”
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer – May 2013

MAGAZINE STORY – SHORT
(1,000 words or less)

1st Place: Jim Spencer, “Mallard Maelstrom”
Ducks Unlimited – November/December 2012

2nd Place: Keith Sutton
“Alone, But Not on Christmas”
Cabela’s Outfitter Journal – December 2012

3rd Place: Johnny Sain, “Trail Tales-Six Point”
Arkansas Out-of-Doors – September-October 2012

MAGAZINE FEATURE
(more than 1,000 words)

1st Place: Jim Spencer, “The Gift Bird”
Turkey & Turkey Hunting – Winter 2012

2nd Place: Monte Burke, “From Hedge
Funds to Bonefishing”
Forbes Magazine – July 16, 2012

3rd Place: Keith Sutton, “On the Igapo Acu”
Cabela’s Outfitter Journal – February 2013

SPECIAL AWARDS:

SHARON RUSHTON AWARD
Keith Sutton, “The Survival Trip”
Cabela’s Outfitter Journal – October 2012

CONFERENCE SITE STORY

1st Place: Tim Huffman
“Branson’s Table Rock Crappie”
Crappie Now – November 2011

2nd Place: Kenny Kieser
“A Christmas Trout Fishing Story”
The Independence/Blue Springs (Mo.) Examiner
Dec. 22, 2012

3rd Place: John Flores
“SEOPA Conference Tells Story Concerning
Modern Sporting Rifles”
Morgan City (La.) Daily Review – October 2011

REALTREE WEBSITE HORIZONS AWARD

1st Place: Jeff Samsel
www.jeffsamsel.blogspot.com

2nd Place: Johnny Sain
www.aviewfromthebackroads.com

3rd Place: Jeff Dennis
www.sclowcountryoutdoors.blogspot.com