Coulterville outdoor communicator Gretchen Steele received the 2016 ALGOW Awards in Craft Duck’s Unlimited/Honda Best in Show Pete Czura Excellence in Photography Award at the organization’s annual conference in Chautauqua, NY. In addition to the coveted Best in Show Award, Steele also received a First Place in the Best of Photography; Hunting Division, Second Place in the Best of Photography Outdoor Scenic Division, and swept the Best of Web Communication Division taking First Place in all three categories; Open, Hunting, and Fishing.
Steele’s Best of Show winning image, “Partners” depicted a young girl bonding with a Labrador retriever taken during the Kaskaskia River Delta Waterfowl Annual Youth Hunt held each year at Gander Hill Goose Club in Pinckneyville, IL .
Steele’s image “Show Off Strutters” received 2nd Place in the Outdoor Scenic category
Steele was also the recipient of the coveted Pete Czura Excellence in Photography Award in 2013 and 2104.
Two of Steele’s First Place in Web communications awards, for the Fishing division and Open division were for Heartland Outdoors blog posts.
In The Open Division “What Have We Become?” , and in the Fishing Division, “Alligator Gar in the Kaskaskia?”. Steele’s First Place winner in the Hunting Divison of the Best of Web Communication “Tips for Taking Youngsters to the Duck Blind” was published at Prois Hunting and Field Apparel’s website.
“I am humbled and most honored to have my work chosen for these awards by my peers. My fellow members of AGLOW have been wonderful mentors and friends, and have been instrumental in my growth and success as an outdoor communicator. Outdoor photography and writing is much more than a profession for me, it is my best tool for promoting conservation and a love of the outdoor world. The outdoors holds so many exciting and beautiful things that I just want to show people what I see. If just one person is inspired by one of my images or articles to go outside, explore, learn a new outdoor sport or skill, then I consider myself a success. “
The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) is a professional organization of outdoor communicators including writers, editors, broadcasters, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, corporate representatives and others. AGLOW, established in 1956, is among the largest regional organization of its kind
The Coulterville native is a staff photographer and columnist for Heartland Outdoors as well as a regular contributing writer and photographer to numerous outdoor media outlets, including Illinois Outdoor News and Outdoor Guide magazine. Additionally, she is a Field Expert for Drake Waterfowl Systems, Field Staff for Prois Hunting and Field Apparel, a member of AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers), Missouri Outdoor Communicators, Kaskaskia River Delta Waterfowl Chapter, Bowfishing Association of America, Retrievers Unlimited, The Pink Whistle Society and The Hunting Retriever Club; Steele’s work is often donated to various conservation organizations in an effort to increase awareness of the outdoors and outdoor sports.