Strachan Receives National Recognition for Cinematography

Strachan Receives National Recognition for Cinematography

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—Carl Strachan’s film, “The Gift of Tradition,” won the NWTF’s inaugural Short Film Contest.

“These traditions represent our legacy and they will forever bring knowledge to future generations,” Strachan said. “As many can agree, this is all very notable in the core values of the National Wild Turkey Federation, as it has brought so many commendable values to the conservation of wildlife and impacted the lives of so many people. And so, I personally carry a deep respect for the values and directions of the NWTF. We all have the ability to share our love of the outdoors, promote conservation, and pass down our gift of tradition.”

The NWTF recognized Strachan of Billings, Montana as the Short Film Contest winner at the 46th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

Strachan’s video, “The Gift of Tradition,” cinematically chronicles his daughter Makenzie’s turkey hunt. The overarching theme in Strachan’s film is the importance of sharing and passing down traditions – “No matter who you are or what you believe, there is always knowledge and experience to pass on to others,” Strachan narrates in his film. “As this is the true value we should weigh our purpose in life on – not possessions, not money, not in comparison to one another.”

“Carl’s video was inspiring to say the least,” said Fred Bird, NWTF’s event digital marketing administrator. “The narration, the artistic shots, the themes, Makenzie’s excitement – everything coalesced into a great film that we are proud to award this year.” 

Films for the inaugural NWTF Short Film Contest were to be 12 minutes at a maximum, professionally shot on HD equipment and depict a story that showcases wild turkey hunting. 

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final years of the initiative.