R. Carlton Ward Jr. is a photographer with National Geographic Society. The Edge of Africa was his first book, a result of eight months in the tropical rain forests of Gabon. He documented Mali’s elephants in Mali for the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and a chapter in the National Geographic book Great Migrations. His book Conservation Photography was a product of his masters thesis on ecology. In 2009 his book Florida Cowboys was published. It earned a silver medal at the Florida Book Awards.
Ward founded the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC), a non-profit group advocating for the protection of Florida’s natural and cultural heritage through art.