Columbus, Ohio, USA

The short of it...
I'm a photojournalist by trade who believes the best way to make meaningful images is not through using the greatest gear, but 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 a subject, my goal is always to make a picture that informs the viewer while respecting the subject. These are not my stories, but I have the honor to share them.

I'm also discovering ways to translate that impact into multimedia through both still and moving images, and audio. It's a challenge, and I learn something new every day. 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. 

The long of it...

Joshua A. Bickel is a photographer and visual editor based in Columbus, Ohio, and is a staff photojournalist at The Columbus Dispatch. In 2018, the Ohio News Photographers Association recognized him as its Large Market Photographer of the Year. He was also recognized as ONPA's Small Market Photographer of the Year in 2014, and is the first photojournalist to earn 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 masters 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 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 master's project at the university. 

His work has also been recognized by the Missouri Press Association, the Cleveland Press Club, the Ohio Newspaper Association, the Local Media Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, GateHouse Media's Best of GateHouse, the National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year and Pictures of the Year International. 

He lives in Columbus with his wife, Jackie, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Columbus Bureau chief, their two daughters and their two tiny dogs.

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Photograph by Brooke LaValley