By Joseph T. O’Connor EBS Managing Editor

Mountain Outlaw magazine, the Outlaw Partners’ flagship publication, brought a big win home to Montana from the Western Publication Association’s Maggie Awards in Los Angeles on May 6.

The companion video to “The Shooter,” a feature story by Bozeman writer Todd Wilkinson for the winter 2016 edition of the magazine, was honored for the “Best Use of Editorial Video.”

The 4-minute, 43-second short documentary focuses on famed Jackson, Wyo. photographer Thomas Mangelsen and explores his relationship with the wild animals he locates in his viewfinder. He says the animals give him an opportunity to do what he loves.

“I feel that it’s important for me to give back,” says Mangelsen during an interview in the video.

Growing up in Nebraska and sitting with his father in a duck blind gave Mangelsen his most prized attribute, he says: patience. It’s this patience the photographer utilizes in his work to capture a specific moment in time, and it’s this patience the Mountain Outlaw production crew wanted to highlight in the film.

“There are a number of fascinating people in the Greater Yellowstone region and telling their stories through video, I feel, provides an opportunity for the viewer to get to know these people as well,” said Outlaw Partners videographer Wes Overvold, who filmed and edited the short documentary.

“Being able to work on this project and meet Thomas Mangelsen was cool enough, but being recognized with this distinguished award makes it that much more special,” he added.

Considered among the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry, the 2016 Maggie Awards drew from the 24 states west of the Mississippi River, according to a WPA press release.

More than 300 people attended the 65th annual Maggie Awards at the LAX Sheraton Hotel. Judges recognized 81 winners among hundreds of consumer and trade publications.

“[The] Maggie Awards once again lived up to its billing as we celebrated the amazing and diverse achievements within our industry,” said Norb Garrett, president of the WPA and executive vice-president and general manager of TEN: The Enthusiast Network. “I always leave this evening more inspired to push boundaries and take creative chances.”

Visit view “The Shooter” and read the story.