Photograph by Jason Edwards
Photograph by Nicole Taylor
Jason Edwards began his career as a wildlife and natural history photographer during an 11-year career working as a carnivore and primate husbandry specialist for the Zoological Board of Victoria. He has tertiary qualifications in the animal sciences and a postgraduate thesis in the bachelor of applied science in scientific photography. In 1991, he established the stock agency Bio-Images as a platform to market and deliver his work to clients globally.
Edwards has photographed in dozens of countries, his commissioned assignments having taken him to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including National Geographic magazine, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, BBC Wildlife magazine, the New Yorker, and Conde Nast Traveler. He has authored and photographed two children’s science education books, and his images have appeared in numerous advertising, tourism, and environmental campaigns; on countless websites; in electronic video games; and even in Hollywood blockbusters. His images are archived in private collections around the world and have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Edwards's reputation for self-reliance and his ability to adapt has seen him placed on assignment in some of the world’s most remote areas. He is an extremely experienced field photographer, yet adapts well to commercial assignments where strict briefs are required to create specific imagery. His love of the less developed regions of the planet adds to the feeling of exploration and discovery that clients view in his images. His ability to depict even well-known subjects in a unique manner has separated his images from the mainstream.
Edwards is highly regarded for his wildlife and remote landscape photography and also for his images of indigenous peoples. His passion in this arena has seen Edwards document displaced Pygmy in the Congo; the lives of the men at the world's largest shipbreaking yards in Alang, India; and the environmental impact by communities on the Amazon rain forest. In many cases multiple assignments over several years are required to complete a story. In 2003 National Geographic presented Edwards's Alang material in Perpignan, France, at the prestigious Visa Pour L'Image photojournalism festival.
In 2004 Edwards was awarded the inaugural Pursuit of Excellence Award by the Australian Geographic Society, "For his extreme efforts and absolute commitment to obtaining rare and amazing photographs.” The award was created in Edwards’s honor.
Edwards is a photographer with the National Geographic Society and is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.
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