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Carlton Ward Jr. Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award Reception and Film Screening

The Explorers Club is proud to present an evening with conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr, the 2015 Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award recipient, and his “Florida Wild” photography collection, captured with the help of Rolex’s generous support. The collection includes content from his 2015 Explorers Club Flag Expedition through the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Co-Presented with the New York WILD Film Festival, the evening will also showcase the New York premiere of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, a documentary film featuring Carlton and two friends on a rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traversing Florida's vast and seldom seen "Forgotten Coast." The expedition encounters stunning and rare wildlife including black bears, manatees, alligators, ancient river fish, and endangered woodpeckers - all living within a fragile wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The documentary is slated for national broadcast on PBS in 2017. A Q&A with Ward and filmmaker Eric Bendick will follow the screening.

“Each photograph,” Carlton writes, “is a window of discovery, celebrating the little-known people, places and wildlife that make up the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Subjects include ancient pine forests, deep river swamps, freshwater springs, surprising wildlife, mysterious ravines, wild rivers and forgotten coastlines…in the millions of acres of ‘Florida Wild,’ where panthers still stalk deer through the forests and black bears forage among palmettos as old as bristlecone pines.”

The Flag expedition began in the Everglades headwaters near Orlando, and continued west and north of Tampa, around the Gulf of Mexico, through the forests and swamps of the Florida Panhandle to the Gulf Islands National Seashore at the Florida-Alabama border. The 2015 Expedition built on the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, a 1,000-mile trek completed by the same team, from the Everglades to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The two expeditions drew attention to a statewide wildlife corridor network and vision to “Keep Florida Wild.”

Club Fellow Carlton Ward Jr.‘s award-winning photographs are exhibited widely and published in magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo, Africa Geographic, Nature Conservancy and National Geographic. He began his career with six expeditions to the Congo rainforests of Gabon with the Smithsonian Institution, resulting in his first book, The Edge of Africa, and an exhibit at the United Nations in New York. He is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and in 2007 wrote Conservation Photography, the first thesis on the emerging field. Carlton received National Geographic grants for the Florida Wildlife Corridor expeditions and is currently working with National Geographic to tell the story of the Florida panther.

6:00 Artists Reception
7:15 Slideshow and comments by Carlton Ward
7:35 Film intro by Carlton & Eric
7:40 Film Screening – The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida
8:30 Film Q&A
8:40 Post-reception and conversation

Date: Wednesday, October 19

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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