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NatureCoaster.com wins Six Excellence-in-Craft Awards

By Diane Bedard Posted on September 16, 2021

The Florida Outdoor Writers’ Association held its 2021 Conference in Venice, Florida, and hosted its Excellence-in-Craft awards on August 21. Sponsored by Visit Sarasota County and Discover Crystal River and the Plantation Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association 2021 Excellence in Craft awards recognize FOWA members who produced outstanding content in the form of broadcast, digital, and print media during 2020.

NatureCoaster.com had six of its 2020 feature stories chosen for these coveted awards, making it the publication to receive the most awards received at the Conference!

“We are so honored to have such talented writers working with NatureCoaster to connect readers to the best Florida’s Nature Coast has to offer,” said Publisher and Founder, Diane Bedard.

You can read the stories that won below:

Conservation Story, sponsored by West Volusia Tourism

Family Participation in the Outdoors, sponsored by Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

Outdoor Travel & Destination Story, sponsored by Florida’s Adventure Coast

Online Blog Post, sponsored by Misty Wells of Let’s Take it Outside

About NatureCoaster.com’s Award-Winning Writers

Sally White is an avid kayaker and spring hunter. Sally won three awards for her feature stories in NatureCoaster.com, as well as Best of Conference! Image by Sydney White.

Sally White is an avid kayaker and spring hunter. She is also an award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, and artist with 20+ years of experience. Sally’s contributions are found in publications worldwide. A member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, she enjoys exploring the wilder side of Florida and believes introducing families to the wonders of the outdoors is key to saving these natural resources for future generations. Sally also publishes Adventures of Mom and Florida for Families.

“I was home recovering from COVID when an outdoor writer friend messaged me: ‘Congratulations!’ I learned later that I had won three Excellence in Craft Awards and a Best of Conference Award. My heart was bursting with gratitude. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of the close-knit Florida Outdoor Writers Association and a contributor to the award-winning NatureCoaster online magazine. Both ignite a passion for Florida and preserving the outdoors,” Sally commented.

Paul Presson is an award-winning cartoonist and writer. He won third place in FOWA’s Excellence in Craft Awards for his story, Discovering Anclote’s Hidden Treasure on NatureCoaster.com. Image by Janice Presson.

Paul Presson is an award-winning writer, cartoonist, and American Veteran. He is a passionate fisherman who takes vets on wade-fishing excursions and loves outdoor adventure. Paul is an artist. He created the map in Discovering Anclote’s Hidden Treasure from scratch and enjoys upcycling and gardening.

Diane Bedard, founder of NatureCoaster.com proudly displays her two awards for stories published in 2020 on NatureCoaster.com. Image by Dennis Bedard.

Diane Bedard is the creator of NatureCoaster.com and a passionate advocate for Florida’s Nature Coast and the small businesses and organizations that make it home. Diane formerly published the local edition of Travelhost magazine, and has won numerous Excellence-in-Craft awards for her stories about the area. “ I love to share my favorite places, and the stories behind them with NatureCoaster’s audience,” Diane said.

About Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association

Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association is a statewide 501(c)3 paid membership organization of professional outdoor writers who seek to continuously increase their skills through education, maintaining the highest standards of journalistic excellence. Its membership is made up of the outdoor industry’s top communicators, conservationists, and industry-related companies.

NatureCoaster.com has earned Several Awards

NatureCoaster.com is an award-winning online magazine that began in 2014. Some of the magazine’s previous awards include

Best Local/Events Blog 2018 Sunshine Blog Award from Florida BlogCon
Top 3 Community/Events Blog 2019 Sunshine Blog Award from Florida BlogCon
• First Place Outdoor Travel & Destination Story – Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence-in-Craft Award 2019
• First Place Conservation Story – Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence-in-Craft Award 2020
• First Place Outdoor Video category – Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence-in-Craft Award 2017
• Second Place Self-promotion category – Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence-in-Craft Award 2017
• Third Place – Family Participation in the Outdoors Story – Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence-in-Craft Award 2020

NatureCoaster.com has won several awards since its inception in 2014. It was also featured in the book, Blog for Bucks by Jaqueline Bodnar.

Additionally, NatureCoaster was featured in the book, Blog for Bucks by Jaqueline Bodnar, published in 2019.

NatureCoaster.com has a Mission to Connect the World with the best of Florida’s Nature Coast

NatureCoaster.com’s mission is to connect readers with the best of Florida’s Nature Coast through feature stories, a directory of local businesses, and an extensive events calendar covering Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties.

Pat Manfredo, an award-winning local photographer, contributes a nature photo daily to the site.

Interested visitors can sign up for the weekly e-zine on the homepage.

The White Heron Tea & Gifts attracts visitors from throughout the Nature Coast and Tampa Bay. Image by Dawne.

Our Partners Make the Publication Possible

Businesses and organizations who are interested in partnering with NatureCoaster.com to get the word out about their offerings can find more information on our demographics here.

Our current partners include:

  • Florida’s Adventure Coast
  • Discover Crystal River
  • Southwest Water Management District
  • City of New Port Richey
  • Cavallo Farm and Market
  • Chinsegut Hill Retreat
  • The White Heron Tea & Gifts
  • The Red Brick Place
  • Shamrock Restoration & Painting
  • Chop Block Grill
  • Heartwood Preserve
  • Citrus County Chamber of Commerce
  • Just Amuse Me
  • Whittel and Melton
  • Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters
  • The Kumquat Festival/Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce
  • The Tampa Bay History Center/Chinsegut Hill Historic Property
  • Jason Biggs, Realtor, Century21 Alliance Realty

And many events and organizations that promote their offerings with us. We couldn’t do this without you!

Please contact us about how we can best work together to get your information out to our readers.

Comments

Terry Keeney says

Glad to see this recognition for Diane and her team! I am out of State most of the time and can depend on NatureCoaster.com to keep me up with what is happening in my home area. I am always amazed at the scope and depth of area coverage. God bless your efforts!

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Philip says

Congratulations to all involved.

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Sally says

DIANE, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR STAFF. I KNEW THIS WAS A WONDERFUL E-zine THE FIRST TIME I READ IT. IT HAS DONE NOTHING BUT GET BETTER. I KEEP COPIES OF THE MAGAZINE AND WHEN WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH OUR GRANDCHILDREN THE MAGAZINE IS AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARDS, THEY ARE WELL DESERCED.

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