Release Date: 08/21/2007

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) announced and honored the winners of the 2007 Youth Journalism Contest at their annual LOWA conference  in Shreveport Aug. 18, 2007.

LOWA sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy and encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources.  The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or any activity in the outdoor spectrum.

The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger.  This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

There were 72 entries in Senior Essay (14-18 years of age (YOA), 95 entries in Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography (18 YOA and under).

Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place-$150 and a certificate; 2nd Place-$100 and a certificate; 3rd Place-$50 and a certificate; and Honorable Mention (4th Place)-certificate only.

The winners learned their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony.  Any student who was unable to attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

The results of the contest are as follows:


1st Place
David Henderson-17 YOA
"Philmont, New Mexico"
C.E. Byrd High School
Shreveport, La.

2nd Place
Jake Hayden-16 YOA
"One Glass of Nature, Please"
The Dunham School
Baton Rouge, La.

3rd Place
Caitlin Norris-17 YOA
"My Favorite Place"
C.E. Byrd High School
Keithville, La.

Honorable Mention
Elliott Boudreaux-15 YOA
"My Redfish Spot"
Episcopal High School
Baton Rouge, La.

PHOTO WINNERS  (18 YOA and Under)

1st Place
Brittany Alane Barbay-10 YOA
"Acadian Home in Black and White"
Bains Elementary
St. Francisville, La.

2nd Place
Michael Gronowski-17 YOA
"The Shoreline"
St. Amant High School
St. Amant, La.

3rd Place
Gaia Burrage-12 YOA
"Trees Shrouded in Fog"
Boyet Jr. High
Slidell, La.

Honorable Mention
Robert Gallant-17 YOA
"Sunset Lake"
Airline High School
Bossier City, La.

Honorable Mention
Amy Weaver-14 YOA
"Black Labrador"
Monteleone Junior High School
Metairie, La.


1st Place
Amanda Wolff-13 YOA  (Repeat winner in 2006)
"The Hunt"
Home Schooled
Baton Rouge, La.

2nd Place
Michael Carrigee-13 YOA
"Hunting the Dark Continent"
Home School
Folsom, La.

3rd Place
Maria LaGrone-10 YOA
"The Day I Will Never Forget"
Home Schooled
Livonia, La.

Honorable Mention
Luke LeBlanc-10 YOA
"My First Deer"
Holy Family School
Addis, La. 

Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA Youth Journalism Contest chairman said, "This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners.  The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography.  We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year.  You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them."

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.