Carlton Ward, Jr.

An eighth-generation Floridian, 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. 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 keep Florida wild. His current National Geographic project, Path of the Panther, is using sophisticated camera traps combined with photojournalism to create an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one America’s most endangered and elusive predators.