The Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) 2014 Pinnacle Award honorees were announced by Kevin Tate, vice president of media production at Mossy Oak, during POMA’s Annual Business Conference in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, March 21. Mossy Oak has been the presenting partner of the Pinnacle Awards since the program’s inception.

The Pinnacle Awards honor journalists for remarkable achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused communications, including writing, photography/illustration/art, broadcasting as well as content focused on wildlife conservation.

“The outdoor media has always been a key part of what we do,” stated Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Mossy Oak. “We started our company with their help and we’ve grown it with the same. They’re our business partners as well as our friends.”

“We’re proud to sponsor the Pinnacle Awards to recognize the best of the best every year,” Tate added. “It’s an important way to reward excellence in outdoor journalism and encourage more in the future.”



Winner – Frank Miniter, “Public Land Deer Hunting: How to Save America’s Whitetail Woods”, Outdoor Life Blogs
Outstanding Achievement – Darren Warner, “Dredging Disastrous to Waterfowl in Mississippi Delta”,


Winner – Frank Miniter, “A Hero for the Next Generation”, America’s First Freedom
Outstanding Achievement – Brenda Valentine, “Quit Calling”, Mossy Oak Gamekeepers


Winner – Tammy Sapp , “What Women Ought to Know About Hunting and Killing”, American Hunter
Outstanding Achievement – Tammy Sapp, “The Only Girl in Camp”, American Hunter; Doug Gilmer, “Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo – We All Have a Choice”, The Call: When Faith Goes Afield


Winner – Bill Miller, “Kalkomey’s Handgun Safety Course”,
Outstanding Achievement – Dan Small, “Deer Hunt Wisconsin”, WMVS-TV


Winner – Tony Zappia, “Retriever with Training Buoy”, The Retriever Journal
Outstanding Achievement – Tim Christie, “Strippin’ & Lickin'”; Tony Bynum, “Bull Elk Bugle”, American Hunter


Winner – J. Wayne Fears and J. Craig Haney, “Backcountry Letters”, Amazon/Kindle
Outstanding Achievement – Angelo Peluso, “Fly Fishing the Surf”; James Collyer, “Buck Naked”

Mossy Oak, one of just six POMA Diamond Cornerstone members, joined forces with POMA to promote excellence in communications at all levels and encourage members of the media to set the bar high – knowing the importance to the industry of a professional and dedicated media corps.

“Mossy Oak has been with POMA from day one,” stated POMA’s Executive Director Laurie Lee Dovey. “Their support for not just POMA, but the outdoor media corps, is critical to the traditional outdoor sports and wildlife conservation story being fairly and honestly told.”

Image courtesy Professional Outdoor Media Association

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