Happy 2021!

Fireworks © Fred Lord

Welcome to the home of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers!

Formed in 1973, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, Inc., is an organization of professional and aspiring communicators, dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. Through writing, photography, broadcast media, and artistic expression, members provide information about the recreational and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain West. Become a part of our creative community and:

  • Check back frequently for updates on the 2021 conference — when and where will it be? Stay tuned.
  • Participate in our annual contest — Deadline will be announced as soon as we figure it out!
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

We need your inspiration, participation, and support. YOU are the organization!

2020 1st Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

Goodbye 2020 and WELCOME 2021!

By President Virginia Staat

Well, that was one crazy experience! I’m certain I’m not the only one who is excited that we finally made it past 2020. We all deserve kudos just for surviving it. I’m anxious to start a new year with new adventures, connections, and possibilities, including exciting things for RMOWP.


Happiness and the Great Backyard Bird Count

By Virginia Parker Staat

“I don’t feed the birds because they need me;
I feed the birds because I need them.”
~ Kathi Hutton

bird collage
Backyard Birds © Virginia Staat

Sherry Zurey Dies

Sherry Zurey with husband Frank and granddaughter Emily Harrington
Sherry Zurey with husband Frank and granddaughter Emily – all award winners in 2011 RMOWP Photo Contest

Longtime RMOWP member Sherry Zurey, 78, of Golden, Colorado, died January 6th. We all remember Sherry’s lovely smile, cheerful willingness to pitch in whenever and wherever needed, and of course the scrumptious cookies she brought to conferences. She also served on the RMOWP board of directors and won several awards for her photography. She’ll be missed, but with happy memories.