2010 Scott-Mckenna Scholarship Awarded

A North Carolina college student has been named this year’s winner of the $1,500 Scott-McKenna Scholarship, according to RMOWP Scholarship Chairman Mike Hammond.

Tyler West, 2010 RMOWP scholarship winner
Tyler West, 2010 RMOWP scholarship winner

Winner Christopher “Tyler” West is a resident of Topton, North Carolina, and attends Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, where he has a declared major of broadcast journalism and a minor in international studies. For the scholarship competition Tyler submitted a video on Glacier National Park, along with still images he has taken at different locations throughout the U.S., Hammond said. He also submitted his website, http://student.elon.edu/cwest3, that contains numerous other works. Continue reading 2010 Scott-Mckenna Scholarship Awarded

2009 Conference Wrap-up

Zion National Park, March 25 – 29, 2009

Despite the shaky economy and chilly March weather, this year’s conference in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah had an excellent turnout, with more than 50 participants. As in the past few years there was a good mix of long-time members and newcomers, with eleven individuals who were attending their first conference. Conference participants came from Colorado, New Mexico, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Utah, and Wyoming.

Due to transportation and trail restrictions we opted to break into small groups for most hikes and field trips, taking advantage of the skills of a few of our more ambitious photographers. Members also presented workshops and the park service provided a lively ranger talk and a ranger-led hike.

Members Linda Martin & Ryan Weishalla on one of the member-led hikes along the Virgin River.(photo by Don Laine) Along_the_Virgin_River_2009_DRL

The group also received a presentation on global warming’s effect on outdoor recreation from the president of the Wildlife Management Institute, and the director of the Zion Field Institute gave a brief talk and some excellent photo location tips. New this year was a showcase of selected members’ photography, which we hope will become an annual event.

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2009 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

There were 26 written works submitted.

The Judges

Writing Judge for articles

Award-winning nature writer Mary Taylor Young has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She has published nine books and hundreds of articles, and her “Words on Birds” column has appeared in the Rocky Mountain News since 1993. Mary writes from her home in Castle Rock, Colorado where she lives with her husband and daughter and many wild neighbors. Continue reading 2009 Writing Awards

2008 Conference Highlights

 Dramatic lighting in Morraine Park Rocky Mountain National Park Photo by Jack Olson

Dramatic lighting in Morraine Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Photo by Jack Olson

Estes Park, Colorado ~ The Eastern portal of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

June 8-12, 2008

About 50 RMOWPers plus a few friends and family members gathered in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado in June for the 35th annual conference of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers.

Conference participants represented a dozen states. While Colorado claimed the highest number of registrants, there were also several from Texas and Oklahoma and some came from as far away as Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Estes Park is the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and several trips into the national park provided opportunities for photography and to practically rub noses with elk and bighorn sheep. Park naturalist Jeff Maugans led a walk and program in the park, and the history of the park, with some fascinating old photos, was the subject of a presentation by local historian and author Curt Buchholtz.

Other conference highlights included a visit to the area’s newest public area – Hermit Park – with a welcome from a pair of the park’s resident marmots and a guided hike with park manager Chris Fleming. History buffs made their way to MacGregor Ranch Museum for a glimpse of this area during pioneer times.

Well-respected wildlife photographer Weldon Lee, a RMOWP member, provided an inspiring sit-down workshop on capturing the winning image, followed by a trip into Rocky Mountain National Park for a photo shoot and hands-on tips.

There were also workshops on several technical aspects of digital photography by members Steve Schweitzer and Joe Zinn, and the always-popular writing and photography critique sessions presented by Anne Sullivan and Jack Olson, respectively. The auction, with auctioneer John Catsis and his able assistant Jim Baker, raised over $1,800 for the scholarship fund, which provides scholarships for college students pursuing outdoor writing and photography.

Special thanks to Suzy Blackhurst and Julie Nikolai of the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau, who helped tremendously with organizing the conference. The CVB also provided a tasty barbecue lunch during our Hermit Park field trip.

2007 Conference Highlights

Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 6-10 2007

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Photo Don Laine
RMOWPers heading up to the Theresa Mine above Victor. It was a cold day – it acturally started to snow before we headed back down the mountain!

Some 50 plus enthusiastic writers and photographers found their way to Colorado Springs for the 2007 conference of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers.

We renewed old friendships and made new ones.

Light streaming through the lovely stained glass in the US Air Force Academy Chapel. Photo by Lee Car
Light streaming through the lovely stained glass in the US Air Force Academy Chapel.
Photo by Lee Car





Numerous things occupied our time: the showing of all photo contest entries… several informative and frequently entertaining workshops… field trips into the beautiful areas around Colorado Springs… the ever evolving annual auction – this year with the addition of a captivating Hawaiian shirt contest… the incredibly well-orchestrated awards at the Saturday night banquet… plus the attendant business of RMOWP: board meetings…. annual meeting… It seemed like we hardly stopped to sleep. For more details see the July-August issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.

2007 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

The judge – Ron Hellbusch

The writing judge was longtime RMOWP member Ron Hellbusch, who tells us that the outdoors is his passion in life. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and photography, looking for each and every opportunity to enjoy nature. A resident of the Denver area, Ron writes an outdoors column for six north metro suburban weekly newspapers, as well as writing occasionally for Hunting & Fishing News and ESPN Outdoors. Continue reading 2007 Writing Awards