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SEOPA Announces Award Winners

BADIN, NC — 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 Websitecategory 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 Wildlifemagazine. 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.

The complete list of winners follows and links to the winning entries (if applicable) can be found at SEOPA 2021 EIC Contest Winners.


1st Place: Bill Miller

Delta Waterfowl Duck and Goose Hunting 101 Course

2nd Place: Jim Casada

Book Promotion: A Smoky Mountain Boyhood: Memories, Musings, and More

3rd Place: Richard Simms

Scenic City Fishing Charters Newsletter


1st Place: Jim Ferguson

“Shock Therapy”

The Revolution with Jim and Trav – Feb. 25, 2021

2nd Place: Jim Ferguson

“Subsistence Hunting with Scott Leysath, the Sporting Chef”

The Revolution with Jim and Trav – March 26, 2021

3rd Place: Larry Rea

“The Great Turkey Race”

Outdoors with Larry Rea – May 1, 2021


1st Place: Jason Houser

“Maine Bruins: How to Trap Black Bears”

Pursuit Channel and YouTube – April 10, 2021

2nd Place: Ken Perrotte

“Cooking with Colton: Rabbit and Andouille Gumbo”

The Hunting Wire and – March 15, 2021

3rd Place: Jason Houser

“Hog and Gator Hunting with Manny Puig”

Pursuit Channel and YouTube – April 24, 2021


1st Place: Mark Fike

“Ethical and Legal Hunting and Fishing, Aren’t They Always the Same Thing?” – Oct. 23, 2020

2nd Place: Shane Townsend

“When the Kenyan Rains Allow” – March 1, 2021

3rd Place: Philip Hunt

“Mickey Mouths” – May 26, 2021


1st Place: Jim Casada

A Smoky Mountain Boyhood: Memories, Musings, and More

2nd Place: Monte Burke

Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon

3rd Place: Jon Wongrey

Lord, Just One More Time: A Flock of Tales


1st Place: Ken Perrotte

“Hunting Rascally Rabbits – With an Actual Shotgun”

The Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch – Jan. 14, 2021

2nd Place: Ken Perrotte

“Retrieving Doves Can Leave a Hunting Dog With Many a Burr in the Fur”

Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star – Sept. 10, 2020

3rd Place: Richard Simms

“He Called the Woods Home: College” Outdoors – June 23, 2020

Honorable Mention: Larry Rea

“Road to Success Started in Memphis for Outdoorsman Fox”

and “Wade and Dale Had a Lot in Common”


1st Place: Joey Frazier

“Window to the Past, Key to the Future”

South Carolina Wildlife – Nov. 1, 2020

2nd Place: Jim Spencer

“Goodbye, Old Friend”

The Trapper – October 2020

3rd Place: Jim Casada

“Growing Up With Grandpa Joe”

South Carolina Wildlife – Nov. 1, 2020


1st Place: Tes Jolly

“Cover Pose”

Quality Whitetails – Summer 2020

2nd Place: Tes Jolly

“Yes, I See You”

Kentucky Afield Outdoor Calendar – Cover 2021

3rd Place: Donna Bush

“Capuchin Monkey”

Slidell Magazine – February 2021

Honorable Mention: Chris Brown

“Morning Traffic”

Alabama Bass Trail Facebook Page and Website – June 22, 2020


1st Place: Richard Simms

“Lawnmower Deer Recovery”

Facebook and Instagram – Dec. 6, 2020

2nd Place: Ken Perrotte

“Ghostly Encounter at Belmont Plantation Leaves No Doubt

About Delta Mansion’s Playful Spirits”

Facebook – Sept. 15, 2020

3rd Place: Jason Houser

“How to Catch a Bear”

Facebook – Sept. 7, 2020


1st Place: Ken Perrotte –

2nd Place: Jimmy Jacobs –

3rd Place: Jason Houser –


Ken Perrotte

“Sunday Hunting Remains a Loaded Issue”

Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star – January 21, 2021


Keith Sutton

“Take a Trip to See the Swans”

Life in Chenal – February 2021


Jim Mize

“The Jon Boat Years” – August/September 2020


Keith Sutton

“Finding a Pond Where You Can Fish With Your Kids” – Dec. 20, 2020

Links to all winning entries are available on the SEOPA website.

About SEOPA – The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association is dedicated to helping outdoor communicators and allied industry representatives excel in their professions by promoting quality communication, ethical conduct, networking, and education among its members.

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