Carlton Ward Jr

Carlton Ward Jr An eighth-generation Floridian, National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. uses photography to inspire conservation of his home state’s nature and culture. Carlton founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign in 2010 to build public support for corridor science and keeping Florida wild. With fellow explorers Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie, he has since trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor, during two National Geographic–supported expeditions, to showcase a statewide vision to protect Florida’s wild places. Both expeditions produced award-winning books, PBS films, and widespread outreach. Carlton is the author of four books, and his photographs have been published widely, including in National GeographicAudubonSmithsonian, and Nature Conservancy magazines. Carlton has received the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award from the Explorers Club.