Joshua Cripps started making remarkable photos while he was still in the womb. His first significant image, titled Sonogram, was praised for its graininess, deliberate blurring of details, and gritty black and white mood. Earning two thumbs up from his parents, this photo only hinted at things to come. Since then Josh has won countless awards and accolades, including more than one “Certificate of Participation,” dozens of “Good Sportsmanship” plaques, and the coveted “Busy Bookworm” award. His mantel long ago collapsed under the weight of gold-painted, plastic trophies.
Inheriting a dual-opticon, reflex CaNikolta Fusor 550 camera from his great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s greatest grandfather, a 13th century Franciscan cleric, Josh learned early on the value of an image. By age 8 he was spending every waking hour in the darkroom he built out of blankets and cardboard boxes. The photos he produced in those early years were too monumental to be confined to film and therefore existed entirely in his head. Critics described these images as “utter fantasy” and “completely unreal.”
When he was fourteen years old Josh began a 12-year vision quest in remote Tibet. This powerful experience helped Josh discover his passion for befriending unicorns, seducing mermaids, and vanquishing evil. Since then he has traveled by winged-steed to the furthest reaches of the globe to photograph beauty wherever he may find it.
Currently Josh spends over 700 days every year in the field seeking out the finest landscapes on earth. He has a mighty beard and sings in a rich baritone. Hiking at least 45 miles to capture every photo, Josh ensures that every image he crafts represents the very heart of the wilderness. While you were reading this Joshua Cripps did 93 push-ups, won more awards, and became internationally re-renowned.
The Real Story
I was born in the city, raised in the mountains. Grew up on granite and the smell of pine trees. Studied engineering and got a job designing satellites but didn’t like sitting in a cube all day. Found photography, fell in love with it, and have no plans to do anything else. Currently residing in California’s breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains.
I’m proud to be an official Nikon photographer; my photos can be seen worldwide in the Nikon D750 campaign. In addition my work has been featured in magazines like Outdoor Photographer and Popular Photography, and hangs on walls in homes across the United States.
I’m a very proud co-founder of Sea to Summit Photography Workshops, the best darn workshop company in California. In 2014 I founded the Pro Photo Tips channel on YouTube, which now brings over 300,000 photographers per month easy-to-understand, powerful photography tips and tricks. In 2016 I launched the Nature Photography Academy, an online academy featuring the best in-depth photography and processing tutorials on the web.
This world is beautiful. It’s a beauty that pervades, invigorates, pacifies, and overjoys. A beauty to experience, to remember, and to share.
For me, photography is a medium through which to experience and share the wonder of this planet. For rather than stand as a barrier between myself and nature, my camera has enhanced my sense of beauty. It has made me more finely attuned to the ever- changing interaction of patterns and shapes, light and shadows, drama and subtlety which make up the natural world. It allows me to capture the fleeting emotion and feeling of the moment, to preserve it, and to share it with others. To create often-needed reminders that this world truly is beautiful.
- June: Speaker and Presenter at the Out of Chicago Photography Conference
- June: Nikon Worldwide Launch, AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Lens
- May: Landscape Photography Magazine, Feature Article, Huayhuash
- January: Induro Tripods, Feature, How My Tripod Saved My Life
- October: Founded Nature Photography Academy
- September: USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, Shortlist
- September: New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, Finalist
- September: Featured Speaker, Mammoth Lakes Instameet
- June: Fusion Network Web Short, What’s Glacier National Park Without Glaciers?
- May: Cal Academy of the Sciences Big Picture, Finalist
- July: Exhibition, Black and White, Ventana Gallery
- June: Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Long Weekend Locations
- December: Exhibition, Art in the Wild
- October: Featured presenter for Nikon at PhotoPlus Expo
- May: Assignment for the Nikon D750 camera producing nature images for Nikon’s worldwide marketing campaign
- April: Founded Pro Photo Tips on YouTube
- January – February: San Francisco International Airport, Solo Exhibition: California’s Sierra Nevada
- April: Outdoor Photographer Magazine, People’s Choice Winner, The Great Outdoors Photo Contest
- April: Ocean Conservancy, 2013 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest, Grand Prize Winner; National Publication
- March: Really Right Stuff, Honorable Mention, International Photo Contest, “Water”
- September: Outdoor Photographer Magazine, People’s Choice Winner, Art of Expression Photo Contest, All About Light Category
- September: Artist-in-Residence, Baker Station, Stanislaus National Forest
- April: Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Honorable Mention, Nature’s Colors Photo Contest; National Publication
- January: Solo show, Oswald Restaurant, Santa Cruz, California
- January: Cooperative Exhibition: Oceans, Davenport Gallery, Davenport, California
- October: Popular Photography Magazine, 1st Place, Your Best Shot; National Publication
- October: Popular Photography, Take Your Best Shot Book; National Publication
- August: Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Semi-Finalist
- March: Popular Photography Magazine, 1st Place, Your Best Shot; National Publication
- December: Co-founded Sea to Summit Photography Workshops
- August: Manzanita, Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra; Regional Publication
- June: North Pacific Research Board Yearly Calendar; Regional Publication
- January: InFocus Photography Competition, 1st place
- December: Assignment for Canoe and Kayak Magazine; National Publication
- January: InFocus Photography Competition, 1st place
Social Reach (as of June 2017)
Facebook: 1,003,000 fans. Organic Reach 30,000 – 400,000 people per post.
YouTube: 212,500 subscribers. 310,000 monthly views. 5.5 million total views.
Instagram: 67,400 followers, 15k-20k impressions per post.
Please use the form on the right to contact me about collaborations, projects, and sponsorship ideas.
From time to time I am honored to be interviewed. Here are a few that I’ve done:
- The Traveling Image Makers Q&A Panel with Ian Plant, Bill Fortney, and Ugo Cei
- Nature Photography Show with Jason Eldridge
- Photopreneur Podcast with Carl van den Boom and Lukas Riedl
- The Lens & Landscape Podcast with Fred Weymouth
- Share Inspire Create Lounge with Brent Mail and Johny Spencer
- Photography Roundtable Podcast with David Johnston
- Interview on RAW with Tristan Jud
- Interview for Czech photo blog odclon?no.com (full English translation here)
- Behind the Scenes Seascape Shoot for Induro Tripods
- Interview with Ocean Conservancy
- Facebook Fans Ask Me Anything