New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest.

Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and tagging that appeared in the April 15 issue of New York Outdoor News. The publication dominated the newspaper feature division, with Steve Piatt second for his person-of-the-year piece in the April 29 issue, and Angelo Peluso was third for “Alone but not lonely” in the March 4 issue.

Steve Piatt earned first place in the newspaper columns category for his piece “Missing (in) Kansas” in the May 13 issue of New York Outdoor News. He also was second in the newspaper column division for “Out there: going somewhere,” which appeared in the Sept. 16 issue of New York Outdoor News.

Individually, Peluso also took top photo honors in two categories (outdoor scenic, people) and was second in the people category, too. Bill Hilts Jr., a regular contributor to New York Outdoor News, was first in the action photography category and third in the outdoor scenic category. He also was third in TV/Radio/Video/Audio for his work on Outdoor Beat.

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association presented the winners of its annual writing and photography recognition program with carved duck decoy first-place awards and second- and third-place cash awards at the annual banquet of the organization, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, at the Dunham’s Bay Resort on Saturday, Oct. 14. The organization of more than 80 professional communicators and several dozen supporting members from the outdoor and travel industry gathered at the resort Oct. 11-15 for its 50th annual conference.

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