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

2006 Conference Highlights

Photo Jack Olson Morning shot along Potash Road
Photo Jack Olson
Morning shot along Potash Road

May 3-7, 2006: Moab, Utah

Close to 50 seekers of wisdom and excitement trekked to the beautiful red rock country of Moab, Utah last year for RMOWP’s annual conference, returning home with numerous photos, ideas, skills, contacts and memories. There were field trips, workshops, guided photo shoots, and socializing, with opportunities to trade tips and tales of woe with our fellow writers and photographers

We saw some magnificent images and learned about the business of scenic photography from internationally-known photographer Tom Till, learned what to do – and not to do – in a panel discussion on How to Make Money as a Freelancer, found out how to build our own websites during Website Creation 101, and explored the often baffling world of digital photography with two highly informative workshops.

Photo Jack Olson Turret Arch at sunset
Photo Jack Olson
Turret Arch at sunset

There was a wonderful turnout of early risers for the Sunrise Photo Shoot, plenty of tips at the Photo Critique session, and lots of guidance and good information at the Writer’s Critique. Field trips included stops at most of Moab’s scenic attractions: a bus or hiking tour of Arches National Park, a visit to a wetlands preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy, and a trip to a restaurant-museum-winery along the Colorado River where we met John Wayne (or at least a reasonable cardboard facsimile). There was also a sunset boat trip, a guided tour of the local historic museum, and opportunities to see prehistoric rock art.

We were pleased to see some new faces and renew old friendships, and make some business contacts that just might help lead to fame and fortune. Or at least enough to pay for that new digital camera, lens, or notebook computer we’ve been drooling over.

2006 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

Best of Show Writing went to Dan England for his article “The Longest Mile” published in the Greeley Tribune on May 31, 2005.

The judge

The writing and video categories judge was Joe Reid, with more than 22 years of experience as a writer, editor and publisher in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has written on subjects ranging from the endangered humpback chub to Latin jazz great Poncho Sanchez. A founding member of Book Organizations of Colorado, Reid currently works in the Public Information Office for the City of Westminster, Colorado. A child of the west, Joe always wishes he had more time to fish. Continue reading 2006 Writing Awards

2005 Conference Highlights

June 8-11, 2005: Silver City, NM

2005 Annual Conference Attendees
2005 Annual Conference Attendees

RMOWP’s Annual Conference was a tremendous success! The conference was held in Silver City, NM on June 8-11, 2005.

John Oakleaf, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Aline, AZ gave an opening night presentation on the introduction of Mexican Gray Wolves in southwester NM and southeastern AZ.

Clare Gutierrez at the Gila Cliff Dwellings in National Monument.
Clare Gutierrez at the Gila Cliff Dwellings in National Monument.




The next day provided incredible photography opps as a personalized guided tour of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument was conducted by Dr. Cynthia Bettison, Archeologist and Director of the Western New Mexico University Museum.

Silver City wasn’t just for photography. Silver City author, editor and teacher Mary Lynn discussed the business of writing, offering tidbits for budding writers and sage advise for seasoned authors.

Winners of RMOWP Annual Photo & Writing Competition
Winners of RMOWP Annual Photo & Writing Competition

Other Conference Highlights: Western New Mexico University’s photography professor Anthony Howell shared innovative photographic techniques. Dale Giese, dressed in authentic garb from 100 years ago, gave a guided tour of Fort Bayard, America’s newest National Historic Site. Park Ranger Larry Reed provided a guided tour of City of Rocks State Park, offering rare glimpses of secluded Indian sites not often seen by the general public. Writers were once again rewarded with author David Fryxall (“Write Better, Write Faster“) offering interactive writing critiques in forum style.

Tom Cummings (in Pinos Altos, NM) He ALWAYS uses the right equipment for the job :)
Tom Cummings (in Pinos Altos, NM)
He ALWAYS uses the right equipment for the job 🙂

2005 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

The Judge

Kendall Slee is a freelance writer and editor in Broomfield, Colorado. She started her career as a newspaper reporter in Colorado – at the Boulder –based Colorado Daily, and as business editor for the Greeley Tribune. She went on to write and edit at Washington D.C.-based Export Today magazine, and then pursued her interest in conservation as editor of the Land Trust Alliance’s journal, Exchange. Kendall was delighted to return with her family to her home state in 2004. Her primary client is currently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for which she is editing two extensive collections of articles. Continue reading 2005 Writing Awards