(BADIN, N.C.) – Matthew Reilly, a recent high school graduate, has been selected by the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America (OJEFA) to receive the fourth annual Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. The award was established by Stu Tinney to honor his late wife, Lindsay Sale-Tinney, and her love of the outdoors, animals, children, photography and education.
Reilly is a well-versed outdoorsman from Palmyra, Va. He likes fly fishing, fly tying, spin fishing, archery, clay shooting, horseback riding, camping, camp cooking, hiking, orienteering, shooting, dog handling, reading water, boating, and anything else that entails being outdoors. In addition to being a skilled sportsman, he is a talented young communicator who likes the research, travel and adventure parts of the job as much as the writing and photography itself.
At 15 he won an essay contest sponsored by the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association. He began writing a weekly outdoor column for the Daily Progress a few months later and has since been published in multiple outdoor magazines. He also is a special contributor to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Outdoor Report.
As one of four nationally honored winners of the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development Essay Contest, Matthew traveled to Washington, D.C., per request of the Secretary of the Interior and several other national conservation leaders.
Matthew graduated as an honor student at Fluvanna County High School this spring and will attend Emory & Henry College this fall. His weekly columns and photography can be seen at www.AdventuresAfield.blogspot.com.
The Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award provides registration, lodging and up to $750 toward travel expenses for Reilly to attend the 50th anniversary SEOPA conference in Fontana Village, N.C., this fall. Seasoned SEOPA members will mentor Reilly throughout the conference to ensure his experience is educational, fun and productive.
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.
“The SEOPA conference provides a super venue for networking, learning and enjoying fellowship with like-minded individuals,” Tinney said. “I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to Lindsay than to send young outdoor communicators to a SEOPA conference.”
Tinney will present Reilly with a plaque and check during the SEOPA Annual Awards banquet at the conference.
About SEOPA: The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Inc., has been helping outdoor communicators and allied industry representatives excel in their professions since 1964. For more information visit www.seopa.org.
About OJEFA: The Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America, Inc. was established by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in 2004 to further education, research and network opportunities in the field of outdoor journalism for students, active outdoor journalists and outdoor journalist organizations. For more information visit seopa.org/ojefa-mission-statement/
Contact: Lisa Snuggs, SEOPA Executive Director/ OJEFA CEO