Josh Asel

Photographer of Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainability

Joshua Asel is part of a rising group of conservationist focused on the development and integration of wildlife pathways like the Los Angeles Wildlife corridor, scheduled to be one of the largest inner city pathways for animals in history. Josh is helping to amplify this cause by partnering with us to capture and share this historic milestone in the years to come.

An award-winning Wildlife Photographer and Saiga Antelope Ambassador, Joshua is the Founder and Director of Wild Expectations. He also instructs outdoor classes on how to ID birds of prey in real time and how to track large carnivores without assistance from hounds or radio-telemetry and was a Judge for the 2017 California Watchable Wildlife: Photo of the Year Competition.

Josh has had an innate interest and passion for wildlife and conservation despite growing up in a big city. While learning more about public opinion during his grassroots outreach conservation efforts, he discovered that the human wildlife-conflict issue was impacting our Planet in more ways than one and so he began shifting his focus in photography to capture these impending issues.

Asel is working toward becoming an Emerging Photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers and has aspirations to be a regular contributor to National Geographic and BBC Wildlife. His focus consists of marine life, carnivores, birds of prey, wild cats, wolves, sharks, and many other keystone species.

In a recent interview, State Senator Mike McGuire stated:"The photography of Joshua Asel illustrates the beauty and vital importance of California's wildlife and natural environments, and he serves as a worthy model for all aspiring environmental stewards." 

Joshua's publications include in Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic Education, Nat Geo: The Great Nature Project, Alaska Airlines (Alaska Beyond: Horizon Edition Magazine), UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab Magazines, Outdoors California, California Trout, and The Press Democrat.

His accolades include, but are not limited to: Grand Prize Winner, Photo of the Year 2016, California Watchable Wildlife and First Place Overall, California Watchable Wildlife, January and February 2016 Photo Contest. Partnerships, Sponsors and affiliates include:  Defenders of Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Network, Saiga Conservation Alliance, West County Hawk Watch, Pepperwood Preserve,  UC Davis Road Ecology Center, Bodega Marine Lab - UC Davis, Solano Land Trust, California Watchable Wildlife, LandPaths, Ventana Wildlife Society, and Russian River Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program.

Below are a few samples from Josh Asel photography portfolio, several are featured in Alaska Airlines magazine.