Angele Latham, a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, is the 2017 Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award recipient. Presented by the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America (OJEFA), the award provides an aspiring young outdoors communicator with a scholarship to attend the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA). Latham received conference registration, lodging and travel expenses to Kentucky Dam Village where she will met industry icons, attend seminars, and learn about the various options for a career in outdoor communications.
“I was so excited when I came across the Lindsey Sale-Tinney Award––not only for the support of my college aspirations but also simply because of the existence of SEOPA,” said Latham. “I had no clue such an organization existed, or that I could have mentors in the field I was trying to situate myself into. The communications field is so vast and diverse, so finding people with similar interests (and far more knowledge) is so encouraging.”
In Latham’s winning essay she mentioned growing up in rural Tennessee where her love of nature came easy. While exploring the trails and parks in her home state, she developed a special fondness for being outdoors. In addition to using her camera to capture her love of nature, she is an avid archer and has an interest in birds of prey.
“I am so honored by this award,” Latham said, “and happy to have met so many notable people at the conference and learn about this exciting industry.”
SEOPA President David Hawkins said, “Every industry needs young people to carry the torch for its future, and I’m so pleased that through OJEFA we’re able to help make that happen for the business of outdoors communications.”
Stu Tinney, founder of the original Striper magazine and tournament series, is the benefactor of the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. His donation of $25,000 at the 2013 conference is restricted for the sole purpose of providing this conference scholarship. Tinney established the award to honor his late wife, Lindsay Sale-Tinney, and her love of the outdoors, animals, children, photography and education. “I view Angele’s receipt of the 2017 scholarship as a win for both her and SEOPA,” Tinney said. “I look forward to meeting her at the conference this fall, congratulating her on working so hard to win, and watching her grow as a talented outdoors photographer and communicator.”