National Geographic's Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for more than two decades. His image portfolio ranks among the largest of any photographer in the Society's long history. Based in Melbourne Australia, a passion for wildlife and the environment has been with him over his extensive career. Beginning his career at the Zoological Board of Victoria, Jason has since been recognised globally for his contributions to Science, the Environment and the Arts.
Jason's accolades within the photographic industry stretch over 20 years. He has been a two times winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three times winner of Communications Art Photography Annual, two times winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, and winner of the Australian Geographic Society Pursuit of Excellence Award among others.
Through his commissioned work and as the face of National Geographic Channel's Pure Photography, Jason has taken his story telling to dozens of countries and to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared on everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.
The first thing I noticed about the X-T2 was Memory. Not the cameras memory or the storage memory but my Memory, or to be precise Memories. Holding the body reminded me of my early days as a photographer when holding a camera was like holding a well-engineered and thoughtful piece of equipment. It brought back the joy of simplicity and comfort, of possessing a camera just to make images and not as a status symbol. It made me long for the past but also happy to know that the feeling was still there, somewhere. My overall impression was of a considered and sympathetic camera that caters to both the serious amateur and the professional. Compact and yet rugged. It was fantastic to be using equipment that was so light in comparison to my standard DSLR kit yet producing large, sharp files with great colour rendition. With multiple bodies in tow I will be shooting a full assignments on the X-T2.