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, a cash prize of $500 was awarded to Gram Schweikert of Cruising World for his article, ‘Broadband Affordability.’
Now in its 19th year, the BWI Annual Writing Contest acknowledges and encourages quality writing across 17 categories, including Technical Writing, Boating Adventures and Ethics and Environment, and the 2012 awards included entries from 113 journalists throughout the world. Schweikert’s article was selected for its inclusion of personal experiences that enlivened the piece but also made the thorough information engaging and easy to read.
On presenting the Technical Writing Award, Dometic Marine’s Vice President of Marketing Doug Curtis said, “We’d like to offer Gram our congratulations on winning first prize in this category. 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.”
Second place in this year’s Technical Writing category, with a prize of $300, was awarded to Ben Ellison for his article ‘Onboard Entertainment: The Digital Files Converge’ in Cruising World. Third place, with a prize of $200, was awarded to Eric Sorensen for his article ‘Back Cove: A Study in Resin Infusion’ in Soundings. In addition, four merit awards were presented for ‘Corrosion 101’ by Lenny Rudow (Texas Fish & Game); ‘Are Carbon Nanotubes Coming to a Yacht Near You?’ by Roger Marshall (The Megayachts 2012); ‘Clearly Sensational’ by Marilyn Mower (The Megayachts 2012) and ‘Secret Surveyor’ by David Seidman (Boating).
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.