I'm a photojournalist by trade who believes the best way to make meaningful imagery is by being a patient listener, a careful observer and always using head and heart equally.

Whether I'm producing a portrait or documenting part of someone's life, my goal is always to make visuals that inform the viewer while respecting the person and their story. 

I've also got experience as a visual editor and there's few things I like more than sitting down and piecing together a great story. So if you have a project and need some advice, I'd love to chat over the phone or have a cup of coffee together. 

And now, a formal biography...

Joshua A. Bickel is a Cincinnati-based visual journalist for The Associated Press’ global climate and environment team, where he focuses on the intersection of climate and agriculture. He's the winner of two National Headliner Awards and was named a finalist in Pictures of the Year International's Local Photographer of the Year category, both in 2021. He's also a three-time Ohio News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year.

Josh was also a staff photojournalist at The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, where he worked on a number of enterprise projects. He's also been a multimedia photojournalist at the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, a staff photographer at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, and the chief photographer at ThisWeek Community News, a group of 24 weekly newspapers covering central Ohio. After receiving his graduate degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Josh worked as the director of photography at the Columbia Missourian and was also an adjunct instructor in photojournalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he taught Picture Editing & Photo Desk Management, and Electronic Photojournalism. He's also taught as an adjunct at Ohio Wesleyan University and hopes to one day return to the classroom to teach full-time.

In August 2009, he edited and published his first book, St. James: The people of Missouri's 'Forest City of the Ozarks', a compilation of documentary photo stories from the 60th Missouri Photo Workshop and University of Missouri photojournalism students, which Josh edited and designed as part of his graduate project at the university. 

His work has also been recognized by various professional journalism organizations and he also has photographs in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art.

He's also married to a journalist, and they live in Cincinnati with their two kids and their two tiny dogs.
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