Meet Jason Edwards
National Geographic’s Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for nearly two decades. Based in Melbourne Australia, a passion for animals and the environment has been with him over his extensive career. Beginning his career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has since been recognised globally for his contributions to science, the environment and the arts.
With an Honours degree in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Scientific Photography and tertiary qualifications in the Animal Sciences, Jason has spent decades educating packed audiences on wildlife, natural history and cultural issues. He has long been regarded as one of photography’s great mentors supporting countless students with a passion for teaching the art of photography at every level. He is the primary Judge and Mentor of the annual National Geographic Channel / WorldNomads Photography Scholarship where he captivates an audience from 94x countries taking a lucky recipient every year to assist him in field locations such as the Himalaya, Africa, the Middle East or Antarctica among others.
Jason’s accolades within the photographic industry stretch over 20 years. He has been a two times winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three times winner of Communications Art Photography Annual, two times winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, and winner of the Australian Geographic Society Pursuit of Excellence Award among others. Through his commissioned work and as the face of National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography, Jason has taken his story telling to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared on everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.
Jason is an Ambassador for Tourism Australia and a Friend of the Australia Museum, and is a coveted keynote speaker. Drawing upon his skills as an environmentalist, animal scientist, indigenous patron, historian and National Geographic stalwart, Jason is an entertaining and insightful presenter, championing natural history and the art of photography. Jason’s fine art prints are archived in private collections around the world and have been exhibited internationally including the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe, where National Geographic presented his compelling imagery of Alang at the prestigious Visa Pour L’Image Photojournalism Festival.
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