OOD wins writing awards

by Editorial Staff | June 19, 2020
Magazine layout of Game Changer story
Steve Galea’s feature on the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD), Game changer, appeared in the August issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine.

Two long-time Ontario OUT of DOORS writers have won a grand slam of 2020 Outdoor Writers of Canada Awards for the magazine.

Assistant Editor Steve Galea, who has penned the My Outdoors humour column since 1996, and Senior Reporter and Turkey columnist Jeff Helsdon, swept the Magazine Column category.

Galea won first and second place for “Trial by fire” and “Past tents,” while Helsdon won third place for his heritage hunting piece, “Grandpa’s gun.

Galea also won third place in the Magazine Feature – Other category for “Game changer,” his feature on the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Nearly 120 submissions judged

Judges evaluated nearly 120 submissions in 13 categories, awards chair Sheri Monk stated on Thursday, June 18.

“Thank you to all of the judges who volunteered so many hours to evaluate the submissions, and a very special thank you to our sponsors, Shimano, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Show, Leica, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Benelli, and Delta Waterfowl,” she wrote. “Support from our sponsors and the dedication of our judges continues to raise the bar for outdoor communications in Canada.”

Galea’s work in OOD was also honoured by the OWC in 2019. He co-won third place in the Magazine Feature Hunting category for “Whitetail fails,” while Helsdon was honoured four times for work in other publications.

Contributor James Smedley’s work in OOD was also honoured in 2019. He won the Photography — Scenery, Landscape, and Plants category for “Morning mood.”

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