OXFORD, Mass. — At the 69th annual meeting of  in Oxford, Mass., the New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) this week recognized two Maine outdoor writers and two Maine outdoor photographers for their work.

According to a press release of April 8, the 100-member organization awarded Matthew Dunlap of Old Town the first place award in the annual writing competition for a column he wrote in Northwoods Sporting Journal entitled “Our Back 40.” Dunlap has since been named executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

Holden resident and Down East guide Randy Spencer, who writes a monthly outdoor column for the Northwoods Sporting Journal, won a First Place award in NEOWA’s Best Book Competition for his book “Where Cool Waters Flow” published by Islandport Press.

Diane Reynolds of Hampden won a first place Award for outdoor photography in the scenic category for a Prince Edward Island photograph titled “Prim Port Light.” Reynolds is a retired school teacher, an active outdoorswoman and a director of NEOWA and Maine’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) program.

Her husband,  V. Paul Reynolds, received a first place award for outdoor photography in the People category for a photograph called “The Bog Buck.”  Reynolds, who is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal and host of a statewide radio program Maine Outdoors, also writes a weekly outdoor column for the Lewiston Sun-Journal and a number of Maine weekly newspapers.

During the annual meeting, a University of Maine student majoring in wildlife ecology was also honored. Meghan Butler, a senior at the University of Maine, was one of six New England college students selected by the writers organization to each receive a $1,500 scholarship.