Bill Konway

The Professional Outdoor Media Association has awarded Bill Konway with the 2010 Pinnacle Award for two of his photographic images. The prestigious award was presented on August 13, 2010 during the POMA annual conference in LaPorte, Indiana.

The Pinnacle Award honors journalists annually for exceptional journalistic achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused magazine writing, newspaper/Web writing, photography/illustration, broadcasting and conservation journalism.

“I feel very honored and humbled to be given such a prestigous award by my peers at POMA,” Konway said.  “Being a member of POMA and knowing the depth of talent that exists in the organization makes this Pinnacle Award mean even more on both a personal and professional level.”

Konway worked for more than 20 years as a photojournalist at a daily Chicago newspaper until leaving a little more than three years ago to pursue a full-time career in the outdoor industry as a photographer.

His primary work in the outdoor industry includes clients like Realtree, BowTech Archery, Rivers West, Prois and Dogtra. He also does portrait work for several singers in the music industry such as Mark Wills, Daniel Doss, Johnny Cooper, No Justice and Tyler Farr, as well as hunting personalities like Chris Brackett, Pat Reeves, Nicole Jones and Jon and Gina Brunson.

This image of Jodi Barnes being struck by the flying fish was shot on the Illinois River near Peoria. I have shot the flying carp several times and knew from experience that you could get pretty good action shots from behind the shooter. She had just shot at another fish that leaped from the water when I caught this one out of the corner of my eye. I thought it would pass close to her, but never imagined it would hit her in the face, let alone break her jaw.”

— Bill Konway

“This image was shot for a hunting outfitter and for my friend Brandon Butler, who is a traditional archery aficionado. Shot during mid day with a high sun, we used several small, off-camera flashes and a reflector to light it. A wide angle lens gives it the up-close feel.”

— Bill Konway