Jay Dickman

Olympus Visionary

Olympus Visionary

Jay is a nature and travel photojournalist from Englewood, Colorado.

Jay is a nature and travel photojournalist from Englewood, Colorado.

About Jay

As a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist and National Geographic photographer, Jay has experienced much in his long career, 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 escaping from a sinking boat on the Amazon. With more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has taught for the Santa Fe Workshops, 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, Mongolia, the Chesapeake and Wyoming. FirstLight was noted in American Photo magazine as one of the top 12 photographic workshops.

“My world as a photographer is about travel and quality. The Olympus OM-D system seems to have been designed exactly for my photographic needs. The compact size and quality are amazing in this camera and have become a constant companion in my work.”

Working with National Geographic Expeditions, Jay has been on more than 70 Expeditions/Workshops/Adventures as a National Geographic expert. These have included several “Around the World by Private Jet”, “Central & South America by Private Jet”, “Africa by Private Jet”, and “Asia by Private Jet”, as well as trips to Svalbard and the High Arctic, the Cape of Norway, the British Isles, the Northwest Passage and the Dalmatian Coast, along with multiple trips to Baja, Galapagos and Antarctica. Jay has traveled to the West Coast of Africa, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic, and has led National Geographic Adventures including “Walking with the Maasai”, “Tanzania Photo Adventure”, “Namibia Culture and Wildlife Adventure”, “Sri Lanka Photo Expedition”, “Tuscany Photo Adventure” and “Japan Photo Adventure”. Jay has also presented more than 15 lectures for the National Geographic Society.

Jay was cited as one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Ten Fascinating People You Can Travel With in 2017.”

As a working pro, Jay has been an Olympus Visionary since 2003, a Lexar Elite Photographer and a member of the Singh-Ray group of professional photographers. He is coauthor of the best-selling book Perfect Digital Photography, published by McGraw-Hill.

Jay highlights the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II as his favorite camera for its power and portability, especially in the extreme conditions in which he regularly shoots.


The Olympus Visionary Program is Olympus America Inc.’s official program for its sponsored photographers. Olympus Visionaries consist of a select group of photographers from across the U.S. and Canada who represent a variety of photography genres, and offer varying years of experience and influence. From Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists to successful entrepreneurs to passionate creators who shoot and share their vision with their dedicated social communities, each has a unique point of view, an enthusiasm for Olympus products and the brand, a strong presence in the photography community, and best practices to share.

The Visionaries use their unique real-world experiences and technical expertise to inspire photo enthusiasts and professionals alike and embrace Olympus camera systems as their tool of choice for capturing and sharing their world in vivid detail. They provide product feedback in an effort to improve Olympus products, programs and services. They also represent Olympus by speaking at Photography Conferences, Photo Specialty Dealer Events, Tradeshows, and more.

For regularly updated content from all of the Olympus Visionaries, visit www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter and Instagram. 
To inquire about membership in the program, please contact VisionaryProgram@olympus.com.www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter. For more information about the Olympus Visionary program, please contact Jennifer Colucci at VisionaryProgram@olympus.com.

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