Tyrone Turner is an independent photographer whose work focuses on environmental and health issues. Starting his career at The Times-Picayune newspaper in his hometown of New Orleans, La., Turner’s work focused on youth violence plaguing the city. Launching a freelance career in Los Angeles, CA with the Black Star photo agency, he expanded his clients to editorial, non-profit, and corporate entities. In 2008, he was awarded a felllowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs, spending two years in Brazil photographing and writing about youth isues, and publishing an award-winning essay on glue-addicted street children in the city of Recife. In 2003, as a Justice Media Fellow with the Soros Foundation, he documented the lives of youths incarcerated in the adult correctional system. As a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 2004, Turner has shot stories on the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana; the increasing threat of hurricanes; the coastline of the United States; rebuilding in post-Katrina New Orleans; the March, 2009 cover story on energy conservation; the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and an upcoming story (May 2012) about Brazil’s quilombo communities. For the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Turner has profiled RWJF grantee organizations, and was part of the “Commision for a Healthy America,” documenting the lives of American families and their health issues. Turner is also co-owner of SternerTurner Media, and is currently producing multimedia projects on the changing face of nursing.