Outdoor Media Climate Challenge

$10,000 Grand Prize

Conservation Hawks is proud to announce the $25,000 Outdoor Media Climate Challenge, facilitated by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.  This contest is designed to recognize and reward media members who share an accurate, compelling climate message with hunters & anglers in the Southeastern U.S. 

Human-caused climate change poses a serious threat to our fish and wildlife, to our landscapes and waters, and ultimately to our hunting and fishing.  Unfortunately, that threat goes largely unnoticed and undiscussed in America’s outdoor media. Conservation Hawks (CH) hopes to change that dynamic and raise the profile of the threat.  

The Contest
The Outdoor Media Climate Challenge is designed to incentivize outdoor media members, including writers, videographers, bloggers, photographers, radio & tv personalities, etc. to produce and distribute strong, effective climate-focused media content.  Contestants can submit as many published stories, articles, blog post, videos, radio segments, television segments, photo essays, podcasts, etc. as they choose. There is no entrance fee. The judges will grade each entry on how successful it was at educating & engaging Southeastern anglers and hunters on climate change.  

The Prizes
The Climate Challenge is broken down into two categories:
Writing (Magazine, Newspaper, E-zine, Blog, Website, etc.) 
          First prize - $5,000
          Second prize - $3,000
          Third prize - $1,000
          Fourth prize - $750
          Fifth prize - $500
Audio/Video/Still Images (Television, Video, Webcast, Radio, Podcast, Photo Essays, etc.) 
          First prize - $5,000
          Second prize - $3,000
          Third prize - $1,000
          Fourth prize - $750
          Fifth prize - $500 

When the winners are determined, the judges will also choose a grand prize winner from the two First Prize winners.  The Grand Prize winner will receive an additional $5,000, for a $10,000 Grand Prize. 

The Dates
The Climate Challenge will run from May 1, 2018 to February 15, 2019.

The Rules
All entries must be published or aired within the official open dates of the contest. All entries must be published or aired via media platforms that reach, and are accessible to, hunters & anglers in the Southeastern United States. “Published” shall be either in traditional media or on the internet. “Aired” shall be on cable or broadcast tv, on the public airwaves, or via the internet. All entries must be related to the outdoors, must target hunters, anglers or other related outdoor enthusiasts, and must educate and/or engage sportsmen and women in the Southeast on climate change. Entries must be a professional effort, meaning the contestant has received direct payment or otherwise derived income through advertising or other sponsorship related to the entry. 

The Judges
A panel of judges appointed by OWAA will determine the contest winners.  

Supporting Materials
It is the contestant’s responsibility to share up-to-date, accurate climate information with their audience.  While there are any number of excellent sources for that information, the Conservation Hawks SHARE THE SCIENCE web page is a good place to start. 


Enter the Outdoor Media Climate Challenge

If you're ready to enter the contest, please click the appropriate button and submit the required information and materials. If you have questions, please reference the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member of the OWAA to enter?

Can I send in multiple submissions?

What are the actual contest dates?
May 1, 2018 to February 15, 2019

If my submission was published in a national magazine or on a national digital platform, is it eligible?
Yes, as long as it’s available to, and relevant to, hunters and/or anglers in the Southeast.

I write for a local paper in the Southeast.  Would a column or a story on climate change qualify?
Yes, as long as it’s written for, or targets, hunters and/or anglers in the Southeast.

Which states qualify as the “Southeast?”
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

What’s the most I can win?
The Grand Prize is $10,000.  

Could I potentially win more than one cash prize?
Yes, but only if you submit more than one entry.

Would a submission targeting saltwater anglers be acceptable?
Yes, as long as you focus on Southeastern waters and anglers.

Where can I learn the basics about climate change?

Where can I learn more about climate impacts in the Southeast?

Can you point to examples of climate stories or videos for hunters & anglers?
Hatch Magazine 
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Convergence (video)
Hatch Magazine
Fly Fisherman


If you have questions that we haven't answered, please e-mail us at INFO@CONSERVATIONHAWKS.ORG, with "Outdoor Media Climate Challenge" in the subject line, and we will do our best to help you.