Outdoors blog: Local outdoor photographer wins awards
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Furtman photos win big at OWAA contest
Michael Furtman of Duluth won an award for this pheasant photograph as part of a "published photo" competition sponsored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. It was one of several awards Furtman won for his photography. (Submitted by Michael Furtman)
Duluth outdoor photographer and author Michael Furtman received nine Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America at its recent annual conference in Rochester, Minn., according to a news release from OWAA.
Furtman received five awards for published photography, three awards for photographs submitted in the photography contest, and one award for an article entered in the magazine division of the technical contest.
The article, titled “Photographing the Hunt,” appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of Ducks Unlimited. It won first place in the technical contest.
Two of Furtman’s contest submissions were repeat winners. “Flushing Rooster Pheasant,” a photograph appearing in the Spring 2009 issue of Pheasants Forever, won first place in the art/photography division of both the conservation/environment contest and the small game hunting contest. Another of Furtman’s published photographs, “Rooster Pheasant in Stubble,” was awarded second place in the same two contests.
“Eye of the Goshawk,” a photograph that appeared in the March/April 2009 issue of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, won second place in the art/photography division of the natural history contest.
Furtman won another award at the OWAA contest with this photo of a pine marten. (Michael Furtman photo)
Furtman’s photographs were well recognized in the photography contest. In the color category, “My Favorite Marten,” won first place in the fauna division and “Icy Aspen Leaf” was awarded second place in the flora division. “Mallard Duck Flying in Snow” won first place in the black and white action division.
Furtman has been a member of OWAA since 1985 and received the organization’s prestigious Jade of Chiefs award in 2000 for his dedication to conservation.
For more information on Furtman's work, go to www.michaelfurtman.com.