2019 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

Robby Fisher Jr., of Olmito, Texas, is the recipient of this year’s Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers & Photographers scholarship, according to scholarship chair Clare Gutierrez. Robby will be attending Schreiner University’s  First Year Campus in Brownsville, Texas and then transferring to the school’s main campus in Kerrville, Texas. 

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2019 Writing & Video Contest Results

Eight members submitted entries in the writing and video categories of the contest. Best of Show went to Ron Belak for his book “Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry”.

Book, Fly Fishing Colorado's Back Country

Judge Mary Taylor Young said of the book: “Highly readable how-to guide with great descriptions and loaded with photos, angling help, and tips. An excellent, comprehensive guide, nicely illustrated with color photos of sites, fish, anglers, fishing flies as well as explanatory illustrations. This thorough, well-researched book covers how-tos of fishing and backpacking plus fish biology and management, while also being enjoyable to read.”

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2019 Photography Contest Results

humpback whale breaching, Alaska

Best of Show – Frank Zurey “Humpback Breaching” Fauna Category. Judge Fred Lord commented: “This is one of those iconic images many of us dream of. The award is given in honor of the persistence, luck and preparation that are necessary to capture such a photograph.”

Sixteen RMOWP members submitted photo and video entries, down from an average of 25 for the past five years, but the quality remained high.

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Conference 2019 Revisited

Along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. © Don Laine

RMOWP’s 2019 conference in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado is now just a memory – well, a memory and probably a lot of photos. Those pesky elk were everywhere, along with moose, bighorn sheep, pika, and marmots. About 40 people came to Estes Park, most braving the trip up above timberline to over 12,000-feet elevation on Trail Ridge Road. The promised great sunset turned out to be a dud, but the tour was still fun with ample photo opportunities. Early risers also went back into the park for sunrise at Sprague Lake.

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2020 Conference Set

Mark your calendars for the 2020 conference of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers – October 5 to 8 – headquartering in Alamogordo, New Mexico. That’s Sunday through Thursday night.

Soaptree Yucca along a dune ridge at White Sands National Monument.
© William Horton

Why Alamogordo? Mainly because it’s the closest place to some of the most scenic and fascinating destinations in southern New Mexico.

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