Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) announced today that is has been named a winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for the Oregon Field Guide special “The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching the Condit Dam.” OPB was among 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

The program was selected for a silver Telly award, the highest honor, in both the categories of “TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Documentary” and “TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Videography/Cinematography.” It was also selected as for a bronze award for “TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Nature/Wildlife.”

Oregon Field Guide is OPB’s longest-running original production, entering its 25th season this fall. Each week, the show brings viewers the most fascinating, in-depth stories about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations across the region. 

“The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching the Condit Dam” special documents the 2012 removal of the 100 foot-tall Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in southeast Washington—the largest dam in the world ever removed. The culmination of a multi-year time-lapse documentation effort, Oregon Field Guide filmed the dramatic explosive breach of the dam and underwater salmon habitat. The crew working on the special includes:

  • Producer & Director of Photography – Andy Maser 
  • Editor – Nick Fisher 
  • Associate Producer – Hayden Peters 
  • Additional Video – Michael Bendixen, Hayden Peters, Nick Fisher, Todd Sonflieth, Brian Lippy, Andy Johnson-Laird, Sylvain Chancel 

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit www.tellyawards.com.

To watch the Oregon Field Guide program “The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching the Condit Dam” visit http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/segments/view/1859?q=white+salmon+river.


About Oregon Field Guide
Entering its 25th season in fall 2013, Oregon Field Guide remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. Oregon Field Guide airs Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and at 6:30 p.m. Sundays.

About OPB 
OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southwest Washington.