Eufaula, Alabama – Members, guests and supporters of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) gathered in Eufaula, Alabama Oct. 14-17, 2015 for the organization’s 51st annual fall conference. SEOPA’s membership includes many of the most talented, well-known and prolific outdoor communicators in the country, and the group is considered by many in the outdoor industry as the premier regional organization in the country. This talented group met for four days to hone their skills, learn more about the industry, and network with fellow communicators and industry representatives.
In addition to a wide variety of workshops, clinics and seminars, an important part of each SEOPA conference is the prestigious Excellence in Craft (EIC) Awards. These awards are presented each year to members whose work represents the “cream of the crop” in outdoor communications. EIC categories include newspaper, magazine, book, electronic publications, photography, video and audio programming, entrepreneurial projects and special recognitions.
At the 2015 SEOPA gathering, New Bern, NC outdoor writer, Ed Wall was presented with the first place Excellence in Craft Award for an Electronic Publication story. The award-winning article, titled “The Fishy Smell of Spring’s Arrival,” appeared in the New Bern “Sun Journal’s” online edition on Thursday, June 5, 2014. It described the art, science and magic of smelling bream beds in springtime ponds and other waterbodies.
Wall was also recognized by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative as that organization’s “Outdoor Communicator of the Year.” That award was for a three-part series on the decline of bobwhite quail populations in North Carolina and efforts being made to bring those iconic game birds back in their native range. Those articles ran in the “Sun Journal” from 12/25/14 to 1/8/15.
Ed Wall – front row, second from left