Enterprise wins nine outdoors awards

LAKE PLACID – The Enterprise took home nine writing and photography awards Monday at the annual meetings of New York State Outdoor Writing Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America at the Lake Placid Conference Center.

Both contests judged works from 2012. The award presentations were held separately.

In the statewide contest, Enterprise outdoors columnist Joe Hackett took first place and second place in the newspaper column category.

“A Mountain Pond Matter,” published April 7, was judged the top column while “Camp Life Transcends the Take,” published Dec. 15, took second.

Hackett also took first place in the magazine feature category for his article “Mystery of the Monument in the Marsh,” which appeared in the Enterprise’s bimonthly outdoor recreation publication Embark.

Enterprise outdoors writer Mike Lynch took home four photography awards and two for writing.

In the national writing contest, Lynch took third place in the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education category for newspapers for “A life lesson on the water,” published July 28. The contest included entries from publications much larger than the Enterprise. First place went to a Salt Lake Tribune writer, while second went to one from the Kansas City Star.

In the statewide contest, Lynch took third place in the newspaper feature category for “Heroic effort saved climber’s life,” published Dec. 22.

In the Janice M. Keesler Memorial Photo Competition, Lynch took first and second places in the recreation category and third in both the outdoor scenic and wildlife categories.

Saranac Lake native Lisa Densmore (formerly Feinberg), who now lives in Montana, also fared well in the OWAA contest. She took first place in OWAA’s photography contest in the people category for “Hunter with Horse,” which appeared in the September/October edition of Colorado Outdoors.

She also took third place in the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education category for magazines for “Fishing, A Family Affair,” published in the July/August edition of Colorado Outdoors.

Densmore was this year’s local chairperson for the OWAA conference.

Both the state and national contests were only open to writers and photographers who were members of the organizations. The New York organization has about 100 members while OWAA has nearly 1,000.

NYOWA members include writers from publications such as the Syracuse Post-Standard and New York Outdoor News.