2022 Communications Contest Winners Announced

Do you want to convey your passion for the outdoors with greater confidence? One of the best ways to learn is to study the work of those who excel in a craft in which you aspire to participate. Start now by checking out winners of the 2022 SEOPA Excellence in Craft and Sharon Rushton Award competitions. Just click on the links below for the press release and links to the entries. Also below is the first-place winning photograph by Richard Simms.

Press Release:  2022 SEOPA Communications Contest Winners Announced

2022 SEOPA Excellence in Craft and Sharon Rushton Award Winners



Good writing involves more than transferring your thoughts through the keyboard to a file. Successful writers establish good work habits early in their careers and continue to learn at every turn. Click on the link below for useful tips from one of the best outdoor writers in business today, Keith Sutton.

12 Tips for Aspiring Outdoor Writers

SEOPA has been helping communicators and allied industry representatives excel in their professions since 1964.

Organized in May 1964, SEOPA is the nation’s premier regional outdoor communicator’s organization. The organization’s purpose is outlined in its Constitution as follows:

• Promote quality communication of outdoor activities and issues.
• Promote ethical conduct in communication of outdoor activities and issues.
• Promote fellowship among persons engaged in communication of outdoor activities and issues.
• Promote education of members and the general public through communication of outdoor activities and issues.
• Promote interchange of information with other professional communication groups and organizations.

The Benefits of Membership

All members receive membership directory access and at least twelve issues of SEOPA News each year. The database and dozens of back issues of SEOPA News, including a vast array of craft improvement articles, are available to members online. SEOPA provides excellent member-to-member networking opportunities through the website, our annual conference and small junkets throughout the year. 


Annual Conference

SEOPA conferences are designed to bring members together to learn and enjoy networking opportunities in a fun, productive atmosphere at a minimal cost. See some highlights from our recent conference in Southern West Virginia in the following PDF pictorial.

SEOPA 2022 - Southern WV - Days 1-3