A Pulitzer-Prize winner and National Geographic Photographer, Jay’s career has spanned a multitude of experiences, including three months living in a stone-age village in Papua New Guinea, a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub (both these for National Geographic), and aboard a sinking boat on the Amazon. With more than twenty-five assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has taught workshops for Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, Photography at the Summit, and American Photo Mentor Series. Jay and his wife, Becky, are founders of the FirstLight Workshop series, having hosted multiple workshops in Spain, Scotland, France, Italy, Namibia, the Chesapeake, and Wyoming.
Working with National Geographic Expeditions, Jay has been on more than 40 trips as the “National Geographic Expert.” These have included several “Around the World by Private Jet”, “Central & South America by Private Jet,” trips to Svalbard and the High Arctic, Cape of Norway, British Isles, Dalmatian Coast, along with multiple trips to Baja, Galapagos, and Antarctica. Jay traveled to the West Coast of Africa and South Georgia, the Falklands, and the Antarctic, and has led National Geographic Adventures, which include: “Walking with the Maasai” and “Namibia Culture and Wildlife Adventure.”
As a working pro, Jay is a Lexar Elite Photographer, an Olympus Visionary, and an HP Prestigious Photographer. Jay is co-author of the best-selling book, Perfect Digital Photography, published by McGraw-Hill.