Meet the photographers behind Changing Course.

The Photographers

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Jessica Cheam 

Jessica is the Managing Editor of Eco-Business, an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, director, producer, and a social entrepreneur.

She has more than a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and is also a columnist for The Straits Times where she was formerly the political and environment correspondent. She is an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities, a Singapore think tank focused on creating and sharing knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities.

She presented an episode, Confronting Climate Change, in the Challenge Tomorrow series by Channel NewsAsia, a Singapore-headquartered English language Asian TV News channel which aired in March 2017. She also leads Eco-Business’s multimedia unit in directing and producing short documentaries on sustainability issues.

She studied at the University of Warwick and University of London’s Goldsmiths College, and has written for London-based publications such as The Independent, The Times and The Ecologist.

She is the winner of many journalism awards, including the Earth Journalism Awards at the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen in 2009, Young Journalist of the Year by Singapore Press Holdings in 2010, and the Asean Green Technology Journalism Award in 2011. She also has a merit award for the environmental leadership category from the Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards by JCI Singapore.

She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues. Under her leadership, Eco-Business beat other media giants to clinch the Lee Foundation Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) 2013.

Jessica’s passion is in advocating sustainable development and gender equality. She is frequently invited to speak at events and moderate discussions across the globe on her areas of expertise. She also has a keen interest in photojournalism and documentary film-making. In 2017, she won an award which took her on the ClimateForce 2018 expedition in Antarctica in Feb-Mar 2018. She is making another documentary with Channel News Asia on this journey. In March 2018, she was announced the winner of the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards for the media and communications category.

 

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Fraser Morton 

Fraser is an award-winning self-shooting producer/director, development producer, journalist and writer.

He has produced and directed documentary, news, commercial and brand shoots in countries around the world: Australia, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia the Philippines, Scotland, Taiwan and  Thailand to name a few.

He has produced, directed and filmed documentary and branded commercials for some of the world’s biggest brands. His speciality is working fast in remote locations and in factual content for digital and broadcast.

A former news producer with ESPN and Fox, Fraser is an experienced interviewer and reporter. His key skills are finding and developing series ideas and stories and finding exceptional real characters with great stories.

As a self-shooting director, he’s adept at getting the best from talents on camera and fusing an artistic visual documentary style with strong narrative skills.

He is the founder of Far Features, which produces multimedia documentary in film, photography and words for the world’s leading media and selected brands.

 

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Trenton Branson 

Trenton Branson is a website and design coordinator for ClimateForce. Being involved with non-profit web management and marketing for over 5 years, Trent is thrilled to be a part of 2041 and its mission to educate and raise awareness regarding sustainability and our impact on the environment.

Growing up between the mountains of California and the busy streets of Washington DC provided him with a strong connection to the natural world, as well as recognising the importance of community involvement. Trent enjoys spending time outside doing everything from kayaking to mountain biking to snowboarding, never without his camera close by.

 

 

 

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Sam Edmonds 

Sam is a polar photographic guide, naturalist and writer based in Sydney, Australia.

Since filming two seasons of the TV series “Whale Wars”, Sam now focuses extensively on issues of ecology and conservation, most notably in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and often culminating in a photographic exploration of the fringes between humanity and wilderness.

Not convinced that an image can capture the essence of anything, Sam believes that the collective voice of visual visual media can start to shape a better understanding, especially to the polar regions.

In 2013, Sam documented the race to stop whaling in the 1.9 million square-mile Ross Sea, sometimes called the “Last Ocean” because it is largely untouched by humans. With an interest in culture and identity, he explored these issues faced among refugees in Southern Sweden. Together with NGOs in Canada, he worked to successfully prompt the ban of grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout British Columbia in 2015 and 2016.

Sam’s works have been recognized by a string of awards and publications including National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Australian Geographic, a first place in the International Conservation Photography Awards and as a finalist in the ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year award.

Sam now splits his time between his home of Sydney, various regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic Peninsula. He is presently a contributing writer for Australian Photography Magazine, Capture Magazine and Photo Life Magazine.

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