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VOWA 2015-2016 Winners

  • Alone in Nature

    by Jessica York of Hampton, Va.

    Jennifer Hanson inspired me with a quote, “Perhaps we all need time to be free, time alone in nature, supported and encouraged to discover our own wild selves, to reconnect with who we are and what we want from life.” I believe finding comfort in solitude is the ultimate gratification. This, however, is not always an easy achievement. On a fall afternoon in Giles County, Virginia, I took it upon myself to experiment with… Continue Reading

  • Countering Insanity

    by Lynn Wormeli of Herndon, Va.

    Hypothesis: lead girls on a hike for two summers and become bored by familiarity.

    Independent variable: the way, the mountains, and the time.

    Dependent variable: the hiker.

    A strange thing happens when you walk the same path many times. Presumably it becomes… Continue Reading

  • The Kayak

    by Lauren Bowman of Dublin, Va.

    The sun glistened on the water, creating little diamonds of light that sparkled all around me. I could hear the distant sound of waves crashing on the shore and seagulls cawing over my head. Water lapped at the sides of my kayak as I glided effortlessly through the water. I looked up towards the sky to see a pelican fly past where I was sitting on the water. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. The stress of my daily life suddenly felt… Continue Reading

  • The Mountain Man

    by Melissa Skirkanich of Leesburg, Va.

    Damn it, the beeping of my alarm was going off, and it felt as if I had only begun to fall asleep. It was 3:45 am, and what was I doing — going hiking, that’s what, like a crazy person. I let out a slow moan as I begrudgingly rolled myself out of bed. I could hear the sound of my roommate grumbling as she was rolling out of bed with me, there was no way I was going to do this alone.

    Everything was dark and quiet. Not just the normal darkness that accompanies the end of a day, somehow, this had a fresher feeling to it. Almost as if I had woken up not knowing… Continue Reading

  • That Old Mountain

    by Deirdre Conroy of Falls Church, Va.

    There is a melancholy in the fields of the Virginia countryside in the morning, a feeling almost bittersweet in its familiar ache. As the cover of night inches away, the grass changes from an aqua back into deep green as the sun burns off the morning fog. It must have been around 4am when we set off, coffee mugs clutched in our palms, trying to to slow the early October chill from sucking all of the feeling… Continue Reading

  • McAfee Knob at Sunset

        An illuminated green tent under the night's sky.

    by Niall Goard of Chesapeake, Va.

    This stunning image, taken using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital SLR camera, captured the knob, the stars above, and the distant lights of Roanoke, highlighted with a green tent lit from within by flashlight.

  • Hawk

        Closeup of a hawk at sunset.

    by Christopher “C.A.M.” Gerlach of Blacksburg, Va.

    Christopher “C.A.M.” Gerlach earned honorable mention in the 2015-2016 VOWA/Hunt’s Best Collegiate Outdoor Photo Contest with this image of a hawk at sunset, taken in his own backyard.

  • Falconer

        A falconer holding his bird.

    by Christina Nelson of Purcellville, Va.

    Christina Nelson earned honorable mention in the 2015-2016 VOWA/Hunt’s Best Collegiate Outdoor Photo Contest with this image of a falconer and his eagle, capturing the connection and commitment between falconer and bird.


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