Photo provided by GENE MILLER Sydney Shorey, a 12-year-old touring Lake Martin with her grandmother, Kathy Miller, took this Photo of a bald eagle on a swamp tour of the area in early May. Photos like Shorey's can be entered in the 2014 Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association's Youth Journalism Contest. There are age-group categories for writers and a single category for photography. The entry deadline is July 21. The top three youngsters in each of the three categories will be honored at the LOWA's convention and banquet set for the second weekend in August.

So school ended Friday for most south Louisiana elementary and high-schoolers, but students — especially those who enjoy spending their summertime hours outside — will have a chance to share their outdoors experiences and possibly add to their savings accounts.

Young writers and photographers have until 5 p.m. July 22 to submit entries for the Louisiana Outdoor Writers’ Association’s annual Youth Journalism Contest.

There are two writing divisions: Junior Essay is open to boys and girls ages 7-13, and Senior Essay is for writers 14-18.

Essays must be an original, unpublished writing about a personal experience documenting hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking or other related outdoor activity

Essays must be 300-1,000 words, and must be typed, preferably with double-spaced lines.

The Photography Division includes boys and girls ages 7-18.

Photos must be an original, unpublished black-and-white or color photo. Submitted photos must be sized 4-by-6 inches, 5-by-7 inches or 8-by-10 inches, and center-mounted on an 8-by-10 inches board.

Each entry must have name, age, school, home address, home telephone number and, if possible, email address attached at the top of the essay or photo.

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

The top three and honorable mentions in each category receive cash prizes.

The contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International with support from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and The Advocate.

Send Youth Journalism Contest entries to: Joe Macaluso, Advocate Outdoors, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. ATTN: LOWA.

Winners will be honored at the LOWA’s annual convention banquet set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at a yet-to-be-determined location in the state.

For more information, email:

Youth Hunters awards

The LOWA is teaming with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the 2013 Youth Hunter of the Year competition.

It’s open to boys and girls who were 15 and younger through 2013.

Youngsters can share their hunting experiences with a story and photographs of their hunt.

From the submissions, a panel from the LOWA and the LDWF will a boy and a girl for the Youth Hunter of the Year awards.

Former state Wildlife Division chief David Moreland, who is also a LOWA member, said young hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2013-14 hunting season are encouraged to participate.

“This is not a big buck nor turkey contest,” Moreland said. “The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana.”

Like the Youth Journalism winners, these two winners will be recognized at the LOWA Conference’s banquet. Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Moreland said all participants who register their 2013-14 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters via a random drawing.

The Youth Hunter of the Year Program and Youth Hunter Registry Program are made possible by donations from the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Bowie Outfitters of Baton Rouge and Harrison Law, LLC.

For more, go to the LDWF website: for details on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the 2013 Youth Hunter of the Year contest.

The deadline to enter the 2013 Youth Hunter of the Year contest is June 30.

For further details, call Scott Durham (225) 765-2351 (email: or Moreland (225) 978-6552 (email:

Georgia wins

The Georgia Bulldogs team of Byron Kenney and William Treadwell put together 20-plus-pound stringers Thursday and Friday for a 49.84-pound winning weight Friday to take the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in Florence, Ala. Louisiana’s top team was Louisiana Tech’s duo Matthew Loetscher and Caleb Boudreaux, who had 38.55 pounds to finish 11th.