Embark on a visual odyssey at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as we proudly present an exhibition that transcends mere imagery. Through the lens of National Geographic Explorer and photographer Carlton Ward Jr., this captivating showcase goes beyond a conventional exhibition; it’s a compelling storytelling campaign for the conservation of Florida’s rich and diverse wildlife.

The Panther’s Tale: From Extinction to Hope

Step into a world where the rare Florida panther takes center stage. Once on the brink of extinction, Carlton Ward Jr.’s lens captures the unfolding narrative of their struggle and triumph. This intimate portrait serves not only as a testament to their resilience but also as a beacon of hope for the wild heart of Florida. Through Ward’s lens, visitors can witness the panther’s incredible journey from near extinction to a symbol of hope for wildlife conservation.

Florida Wildlife Corridor: A Lifeline for Survival

Ward’s commitment to preserving wild Florida extends beyond his photography. As the founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, he has undertaken two National Geographic-supported expeditions covering an astounding 2,000 miles. These journeys advocate for the protection of a vital corridor that is crucial for the survival of Florida’s unique ecosystems. Ward’s most recent expedition, showcased in the film “The Forgotten Coast,” not only highlights the urgency of conservation but also emphasizes the interconnectedness of Florida’s wildlife.

A Visual Symphony of Conservation

Ward’s photographs, featured in the National Geographic film and book, “Path of the Panther,” offer an unprecedented look into the panther’s world amid Florida’s wildest landscapes. From the remote cypress swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand to the headwaters of the Everglades, each image is a masterpiece that not only captivates but educates. These visuals transport viewers into a hidden Florida that deserves to be seen, appreciated, and protected.

Meet the Visionary Behind the Lens

As a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Ward’s commitment to conservation is unwavering. His accolades, including the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, speak volumes about his impact on the field. Ward’s personal connection to Florida, as an eighth-generation Floridian with family ties to ranchlands providing habitat for panthers, adds a profound authenticity to his work.

Join the Conservation Movement

By visiting this exhibition, you become part of a larger movement—a movement that calls for the conservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of ranchlands and forests across Florida. Ward’s work is not just about capturing images; it’s about inspiring action. As you immerse yourself in the visual odyssey of Florida’s wildlife, consider how you can contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts. Your presence matters, and your support can make a difference.

When and Where

The exhibition is on view from December 7 to March 17, 2024, at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the convergence of art and conservation, where every photograph tells a story, and every story contributes to the preservation of Florida’s wild heart.

Visit the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Be Part of the Story

Celebrate the resilience of the Florida panther and support ongoing conservation efforts. Join us in ensuring that the wild heart of Florida continues to beat for generations to come. Visit the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and be part of the conservation movement.