Ballard wins National Awards

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Courtesy photo
Jack Ballard

Jack Ballard, a widely-recognized outdoor writer from Red Lodge, was among a select number of communicators to receive Excellence in Craft Awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) at the organization’s recent annual conference. 

Ballard’s column entitled “Backcountry Bound” in Successful Hunter magazine earned 1st place in the “Outdoor Column” contest. He also garnered 1st place in the “Scenic Photography” competition with a sunrise image taken in Yellowstone National Park.

“It’s very gratifying to receive these awards,” says Ballard. “My peers in this industry are some of the most creative, hard-working artists in the country. I’m both pleased and humbled by their recognition.”

The author of hundreds of magazine articles that have been published in more than 50 national and regional titles, Ballard is also the author of 13 books. His latest book, Large Mammals of the Rocky Mountains was published in 2018.

OWAA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of professional outdoors-focused communicators. The 700-plus-member association formed in 1927 and counts many of the nation’s foremost outdoor writers, photographers, artists and broadcasters among its individual members.



Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
    The Montana Metal Rockfest will feature Zen, Kicking Karma, and Mr. Big with Trixter, July 18-20 at Boyd’s Garage on 7th Street, Red Lodge. The gigs will kick off at 6:30 p.m. each night.  There is no cover charge. Vendors will be on site. For tickets and information call (406) 446-1519. 
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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