Youth writing, photo contest taking entries

Young writers and photographers have until 5 p.m. July 12 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 ages 14-18.

Essays must be an original, unpublished writing about a personal experience while hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking or other related outdoor activity; be 300-1,000 words long; and be typed, preferably with double-spaced lines.

The Photography Division includes boys and girls ages 7-18. Each photo must be an original, unpublished black-and-white or color photo sized 4x6 inches, 5x7 inches or 8x10 inches “center mounted on an 8x10 inches board.”

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

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 all 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, Saturday, Aug. 10, in Lafayette.

For information, email: outdoors@theadvocate.com.