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 and has since trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor to showcase a statewide vision to keep Florida wild. His current National Geographic project, Path of the Panther, is creating an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one America’s most endangered and elusive predators. Carlton is the author of four books, and his photographs are published in magazines including National GeographicAudubon, and Smithsonian. 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.