Dometic Marine, the world leading supplier of marine air conditioning and sanitation equipment, announces its continued support of the prestigious Boating Writers International (BWI) Annual Writing Contest by sponsoring the Technical Writing category. At a presentation held today during the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, Eric Sorensen from Soundings won the $500 prize for his article 'Good - Or Not So Good - Vibrations'.
BWI's Annual Writing Contest was introduced in 1993 to acknowledge and encourage quality writing and the 2011 awards included entries from 146 journalists throughout the world. A total of 48 stories were recognized within 16 categories which included Technical Writing, Boating Adventures, Boating Lifestyles, Fishing and Ethics and Environment.
On presenting the Technical Writing Award, Dometic Marine's Vice President of Marketing Doug Curtis said, "The BWI Awards are a great opportunity to recognize writing excellence within our industry and we at Dometic are delighted to be a key part of it. For individual businesses quality editorial reporting offers compelling communication with customers and this category promotes the understanding and articulation of technologically advanced products such as ours. We congratulate Eric on his hugely informative article and look forward to supporting more entries next year."
Of the first place work, judge Darrell Nicholson said, "It is refreshing to come upon a writer who can present important details and specifications on a highly technical topic in an entertaining way. Logically organized and presented in lively prose even when addressing some of the more complex aspects of vibration analysis and noise abatement."
In this year's Technical Writing category the second place, with a prize of $300, was awarded to Pete McDonald of Power & Motoryacht for his article 'Tricking the Water'. Third place, with a prize of $200 was awarded to Lenny Rudow of DIY Boat Owner for the article 'Bust Rust'. In addition, five merit awards were presented for 'All Mixed Up' by Vincent Daniello (Motor Boating); 'Boating's Great Debates' by David Seidman (Boating); 'Count on Compass' by Jeremy McGeary (Cruising World); 'Current Events' by Bill Grannis (Trailer Boats); and 'A Propulsion-Efficiency Experiment' by Nigel Calder (Professional BoatBuilder).
BWI is a non-profit organization consisting of writers, broadcasters, editors, publishers, photographers and communications professionals involved in the marine industry. Members include marine journalists from around the world, with the ultimate aim to support marine manufacturers and service entities and associates in communication roles. For further information on the BWI Awards and the organization itself, please visit www.bwi.org.