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

I love the power of the still image. Whether I'm producing a portrait or documenting part of someone's life, my goal is always to make a picture that informs the viewer while respecting the person photographed. These are not my stories, but I have the honor to share them.

I've also got experience as a photo editor and there's few things I like more than sitting down and piecing together a great visual story with a photographer. 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 photojournalist and visual editor based in Columbus, Ohio, where he is on staff at The Columbus Dispatch. 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 two-time Ohio News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year, and is the first photojournalist to earn that association's POY titles in both the small and large markets.

Josh was also 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 competitions including Pictures of the Year International, the Press Club of Atlantic City's National Headliner Awards, the National Press Photographers Association and College Photographer of the Year. He also has photographs in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art.

He's married to Jackie, who's also a journalist, and they live in Columbus with their two daughters and their two tiny dogs.
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