WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Highly Commended 2019

Wildlife Photojournalist Story Award

Carlton Ward Jr, USA

New Hope for the Florida Panther

Florida panthers, an endangered subpopulation of puma, used to live throughout the southeastern United States but hunting and habitat loss have since restricted them to southern Florida. Today there are around 230 panthers left in the state and their main threats are habitat loss from urban sprawl, and being killed on roads. Carlton is a Florida native and wildlife campaigner. He has spent years documenting efforts to recover the population of this panther. Many people are working to protect their habitats from development and campaigning for investment in conservation measures.

Technical specification

Image 1: Nikon D7100 + 10–24mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 16mm; 1/250 sec at f9 (-0.7 e/v); ISO 1250; seven Nikon flashes + Cognisys Sabre infrared laser triggers + Pixel Pawn radio triggers + custom-made waterproof camera and flash housing; Benro tripod + Slik ballhead
Image 2: Nikon D810 + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 34mm; 1/4000 at f4 (-0.3 e/v); ISO 800
Image 3: Nikon D810 + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 2 sec at f16 (-0.7 e/v); ISO 1600; Nikon SB-700 flash; Gitzo tripod + Really Right Stuff ballhead
Image 4: Nikon D810 + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 38mm; 1/640 sec at f5.6 (-0.7 e/v); ISO 400
Image 5: Nikon D850 + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 1/125 sec at f8; ISO 800; Nikon SB-5000 flash; Nikon radio trigger; Photoflex silver octagonal softbox
Image 6: Nikon D7100 + 18–70mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 22mm; 1/8 sec at f8 (-2 e/v); ISO 1250; three Nikon flashes; custom-made waterproof flash housing + Cognisys camera housing; Cognisys Scout active infrared trigger; Benro tripod + Slik ballhead


Florida, USA: latitude 27.134264, longitude -81.2227 Florida, USA: latitude 27.134264, longitude -81.2227

Florida, USA

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Carlton Ward Jr

Carlton Ward Jr, USA

Carlton is a National Geographic explorer from Florida, USA, who uses photography to inspire conservation of his state's nature and culture. He founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign in 2010 to build public support for the land conservation to keep Florida wild. He is the author of four books and a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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