From the world’s first national park to the modern fight against climate change, photography has always been a leading force for conservation. William Henry Jackson, Ansel Adams, Phillip Hyde, Michael “Nick” Nichols; these are the names of a few pioneers whose photography has helped change national policies and protect millions of wild acres. As the loss of wilderness, wildlife, and native cultures accelerates, there is an unprecedented need for photographers to bear witness to conservation. It is for this reason that Carlton founded the Legcy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) in 2004 and in 2005, under the leadership Crisitna Mittermeier, joined forty leading photographers from around the world to found the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Carlton's current focus is the ranchlands of the Northern Everglades, a component of the Florida Wildlife Corridor initiative he co-founded on Earth Day 2010. Starting in January 2012, he and a small team will trek for 100 days and 1000 miles from the Everglades to Okeefenokee to raise awareness for the opporunity to protect a corridor of connected lands and waters throughout the Florida peninsula. Learn more at and

Conservation Photography is a window that sheds light on the people, places and issues that demand our collective attention so that together we can ensure the survival of essential natural and cultural legacies. Please explore the links below to learn more about the organizations with which Carlton has worked or is currently collaborating.

Conservation Photography Organizations:
Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC)
International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)
Images for Conservation Fund

Florida Conservation Organizations:
Audubon of Florida
Conservation Trust for Florida
Florida Wildife Federation
1000 Friends of Florida
The Nature Conservancy
World Wildlife Fund
Florida Forever
The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve

Focus on the Everglades:
Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge
Kissimmee Basin: Northern Everglades

Global Conservation Organizations:
Conservation International
National Audubon Society
National Geographic Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
Smithsonian Institution
United Nations Environmental Programs
WILD Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Society

Articles on Conservation Photography:
Conservation Photography - Thesis by Carlton Ward Jr.
Conservation Photography: Art, Ethics, Action - Cristina Mittermeier
Finding Nature's Frame - Interview with Carlton Ward Jr.
The State of the Art - Niall Benvie
A Conversation With Robert Glenn Ketchum - American Photo
The Psychology of Conservation Photography - Eugene Myers