SEOPA Announces Winners of the 2021 Excellence in Craft and Sharon Rushton Awards
BADIN, N.C. — Outstanding communicators who work in a wide variety of media platforms were honored by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) during an online presentation of the 2021 Excellence in Craft Awards on Thursday evening, October 7.
Sponsored by Mossy Oak, Mossberg, Toyota, Colbert County Tourism, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association, and Daisy, these awards celebrate the best among SEOPA members’ works of the last year. Categories range across print, web, and broadcast media. New aspects were added to the contest structure last year with awards for social media posts and three “Best Overall” categories that award one winner each for Hunting and/or Fishing Stories, News Stories, and Non-Consumptive Stories.
SEOPA Second Vice President and 2021 EIC Chairman Josh Honeycutt said, “This year’s EIC communications contest was once again a tight race. Dozens of talented communicators competed for prestigious honors. Some categories had numerous entries that were within just a few points of placing for an award. This was unsurprising, though, as SEOPA is home to some of the most respected communicators in the country. Congratulations to this year’s winners.”
Ken Perrotte led the pack with six wins, including first place in the Newspaper category sponsored by Mossberg and the Best Overall News Story sponsored by Mossy Oak. For the fourth year in a row, Perrotte also took first place in the Website category for Jason Houser set a personal record for four wins including first and third in the Video category, and third in Social Media Post and Website.
Keith Sutton won the coveted Sharon Rushton Award sponsored by Daisy. This award goes to the one entry deemed to best represent work created for and/or about youth in the outdoors. Its namesake, Sharon Rushton, was a beloved and important member of the fishing industry and a past president and longtime member of SEOPA.
Top honors in the Magazine Story category went to Joey Frazier, a first-time winner in the EIC contest, for “Window to the Past, Key to the Future” in South Carolina Wildlife magazine. Two other South Carolinians, Jim Casada, and Jon Wongrey won first and third places in the book category, respectively, while second place went to self-proclaimed Southerner from Brooklyn, NY, Monte Burke.
 Tes Jolly took first and second places in the Photography category for shots of deer that appeared on a cover of Quality Whitetails and a bobcat on the cover of the 2021 Kentucky Afield Wildlife calendar. Donna Bush placed third for a stunning photo of a Capuchin monkey.
Click here for the complete list of winners and links to the winning entries.