Meet Our Experts
Award-winning Australian photographer Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for two decades. A passion for animals and the environment defines his extensive career. Since embarking on that career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has produced images for everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also the host of the National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography, and an author of science education books. Jason joined the Australia expedition in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.
National Geographic grantee Shannon Switzer Swanson is a marine ecologist and photojournalist who loves spending time in the water. After an increasing number of her friends became sick from surfing in polluted water off the California coast, Shannon received a National Geographic grant to visually document how human behavior on land impacts people and wildlife in San Diego’s watersheds, and become a passionate advocate for coastal conservation. Shannon has also worked as a photojournalist with National Geographic Travel as their digital “Curious Traveler,” highlighting health and wellness, as well as eco-friendly and sustainable destinations. Shannon is currently a doctoral student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources pursuing studies in community-based marine conservation in developing island nations in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Her research examines the intersection between culture and conservation, and she recently received a second National Geographic grant to document the global aquarium fish trade. Shannon joined the Australia expedition in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.