A Pulitzer-Prize winner and National Geographic Photographer, Jay’s work has appeared in 15 of the high-profile "A Day in the Life of…" series. His work also has won several awards in the World Press International Competition, including the Golden Eye award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
Jay has worked in photojournalism for over 30 years, photographing events as diverse as the war in El Salvador, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. He’s spent three months living in a stone-age village in Papua New Guinea, spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub (both these for National Geographic), and sunk on a boat on the Amazon.
Additionally, Jay has worked as a faculty member with photographic workshops like Maine Photographic Workshops, Workshop at the Summit, American Photo Mentor Series Treks, and National Geographic PhotoCamps. Jay and his wife Becky founded FirstLight Workshops in 2003, with the inaugural workshop held in Auvillar, France.
Jay was also featured in a national television ad campaign for American Express. As an Olympus Visionary, HP Pro Photographer, and Lexar Elite Photographer, Jay utilizes the latest technology from those companies.
In 2006, Jay co-authored Perfect Digital Photography with FirstLight instructor Jay Kinghorn, published by McGraw Hill. This instructional guidebook has been highly reviewed in major publications. The second edition of the book was released in June of 2009.