I recently traveled to Oden, Arkansas for a Field & Stream shoot. For the third year in a row, I had the opportunity to photograph the finalists for the Heroes of Conservation. Every year, Field & Stream runs this issue, featuring people that are committed to the preservation of our natural resources.
In Oden, I met William Edwards II.
“William Edwards has spent his life practicing and teaching conservation through Oden High School’s Woods and Waters Club. As Oden’s principal, he is the club’s leader, and under his watch more than one-fourth of the school’s students have joined. Members maintain a stretch of highway and the local rifle range, build bird boxes for the public, and raise catfish for a local derby, where they help young contestants bait hooks and handle fish. “We’re a school of natural conservationists,” Edwards says. ‘Our best fisherman is like our star athlete.’ “
– Field & Stream
Here is a quick video from our shoot. As you can see, we had some bad weather that day, which always makes shooting that much more interesting.