We had the privilege of being joined by top young photographers Josh Burch Photography (UK) and Ashleigh Scully Photography (US) recently for a whirlwind tour of SW Alberta! Despite the compressed time, we still logged 14 bears on our day with them including grizzly, black, brown and cinnamon-phased black bears, and even a special spotting of a nearly-white blonde-phase black bear sow being courted by a big dark brown boar!
Ashleigh and Josh are both outstanding photographers with a focus on conservation and a commitment to make a difference through their photography. Jenaya and Ashleigh have both been awarded in Nature’s Best Photography and have had prints selected for exhibit in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, as well as numerous other awards and recognitions. Josiah, Josh and Ashleigh have been awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, so there were lots of connections and shared experiences between them!
The best part of our time together was watching the passion this next generation of wildlife and conservation photographers have for the animals they photograph and the wild places they visit. I’m excited to see what comes next for each of them! Be sure to check out their Facebook pages above and follow along with their adventures and special projects!
Jenaya and Ashleigh have been friends for several years now after discovering their mutual passion (obsession?) for foxes and owls, connecting online and occasionally in person despite the nearly-4000km between their homes. They have been awarded together in Nature’s Best Photography Awards, Por el Planeta and Birds as Art.
It was a genuine pleasure and honour having Ashleigh, Gerry and Josh for a whirlwind tour of SW Alberta and our home region. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish–and the difference they make–through their photography in the coming years.