Aug 192021

Hi everyone. It’s the Island Cat Mom. A couple of weeks ago, the Cat Writers’ Association announced the Certificate of Excellence winners in their 2020 Communications Contest.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), it’s a worldwide organization whose membership consists of writers, photographers, journalists, graphic designers, radio and television personalities, videographers, bloggers, illustrators and others all devoted to sharing information about what else…cats! Its goal is to improve the quality of information about cats for the general public and to inspire, educate and inform. Every year the CWA has a Communications contest where members…and non-members…submit their cat-related works to be judged in a number of different categories. These categories range from books to articles to photography to social media…and many more.

I had several entries in the contest and I am pleased and honored to have four of them receive Certificates of Excellence (COE).

Ernie sitting with Certificates of Excellence

There are a couple of reasons why these COEs I received are so special to me. Three of them were for photos that I submitted in the category “Photography: Single Image.” Now I don’t claim to be a good photographer. I’m the first one to admit, and I’m sure Ernie would agree, that my photographing skills need some work. Most of the photos I take for the blog are with my iPhone and they aren’t always the best. But sometimes I get lucky…so winning COEs for these photos is quite satisfying.

Here are the three photos I submitted that won COEs.

Zoey sitting with her toy mouse

“A Girlcat and Her Mousie”


Cat with big eyes

“Mr. Big Eyes”


Cat playing with wand toy



“Playtime” is one of a series of photos that I took for a blog post entitled “Tied Up.” I submitted the post in the category of “Written Article: Entertainment” and it too won a COE. You can see the blog post by clicking HERE.

The other reason why these COEs are so special to me is that three of the entries featured my beautiful green-eyed girl, Zoey. I miss that girl every single day. Receiving COEs for work that featured her is a tribute to her memory.

These four are now in the running for the coveted MUSE Medallion Award in their respective categories. The MUSE winners will be announced at the CWA Awards Banquet which, like last year, will be held virtually in October. I don’t expect to win a MUSE…I’ve seen the other entries and they are SO good. Receiving these COEs is victory enough for me.

I want to thank the CWA judges for recognizing me with these COEs. But most of all, I want to thank all of you…our friends and readers. Thanks for visiting our blog…and for your support. The last couple of years have been difficult ones for me with losing both Wally and Zoey, so your support means the world to me…and keeps me wanting to share more with you.


  30 Responses to “Thankful for Our Cat Writers’ Association Certificates of Excellence”

  1. Concats on the certificates!
    That’s terrific, but we already knew you have a wonderful blog.

  2. Awww, those are sweet, sweet wins. We miss your sweet Zoey too, we were big fans. Congrats on the Certificates of Excellence and thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  3. Congratulations! Love the photos.

  4. Congratulations on your well deserved certificates. I also enjoyed seeing your good looking kitties.

    Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday. My best to your mom. ♥

  5. Congratulations on all those well deserved certificates. I always enjoy your posts and photos. XO

  6. ConCatulations on winning those certificates.

  7. Gosh, all the photos are really lovely. Of course, we were Zoey-Lovers … but have to say that Mr. Big Eyes is just an amazing capture! So as the others above, we’re sending big congratulations on the awards given to you, because YES … you deserved each and every one of them!

  8. Such beautiful photos, that one of Zoey is so precious. Congratulations!

  9. Congratulations on those well deserved certificates. We sure love all those photos. We hope you win dear friends

  10. Fantastic stuff!! Well done you!!!

    I always say it’s the photographer that makes the picture!

  11. dood; pleez ta tell yur mom we iz BUZZED happee for her and we hope her doez win de muze 🙂
    conga rats times 44 from three in trout towne and best fishez…..theez fotoz total lee rox ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  12. Congratulations on your awards. It’s wonderful that you received one for sweet Zoey. That is a special remembrance.

  13. ***APAWSS APAWSS*** Miss Sue oncatulationss on winnin 4 COE’SS!!!
    Yore simply amazin! An winnin with Zoey’ss fotoss iss so lovelee an sweet.
    An Ernie yore BIG EYESS foto iss speeck-taculur two!
    ***purrss*** BellaDhama an {{{huggiess}}} LadyMew

  14. Concatulations!! The photos are beautiful!!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  15. Concatulations! These are so well deserved and we’re so happy for you. Paws crossed for a big win.

  16. That’s fantastic news! I’m so happy for you. And you’re so right…certificates I’ve won for entries about Truffles have extra special meaning to me too.

  17. Concatulations !

  18. Many congrats and concats on your COE’s! Well deserved, you pictures are marvelous!

  19. Concats on the COEs! You do take wonderful photos. Our mom has a high-end DSLR and STILL she can’t take decent photos worth a fig.

  20. Concatulations!!! This is wonderful.

  21. Congratulations! I love the photos and I LOVED the post! Zoey was a one of a kind Girl Cat! We are keeping our claws crossed that you win a Muse!

  22. Big congratulations on your Certificates!

  23. Congratulations on your awards. The photos are beautiful and deserve the recognition they have received.

  24. FOUR BIG CONGRATS from us. We would love to submit photos one day…yours are PRIMO! And you are so, so informative and we LOVE your blog, you wonderful family.

  25. A GREAT BIG HUGE Concatulations!!!! We think the certificates you received are RIGHT ON. Beautiful photos and so happy you were recognized for knowing a perfect photo when you see it and capture it!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  26. Congratulations!! Beautiful Zoey lives on through your wonderful photos. ♥

  27. When you have excellent subjects, like your furries, all photos are good. Your 3 were just beautiful with great titles.
    Hugs Cecilia

  28. Congratulations on these 4 awards! Those photos are most certainly all Certificat-worthy!!

  29. So wonderful. Congratulations on your well-deserved COEs, Mom Sue! That is so extra special that two featuring Zoey were selected. XO

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