Honored to be awarded First Place for Best Environmental Story in Print by the Native American Journalists Association!

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During my five years on staff as the photographer and reporter for The Southern Ute Drum newspaper, we were fortunate enough to attend the annual NAJA (Native American Journalism Association) conferences which take place each summer. A time for inspiration, networking and community at large – additionally we were able to present the best of our work for awards each year!

As an associate member, I had the honor of receiving numerous awards over the years for both my feature writing and photography. It was with great pleasure to see my name on the list during my final season with the newspaper, a small publication that was above all a team effort – a shared a passion for journalism!

First Place for Best Environmental Story in Print for the feature Tracking elk using today’s technology

Click the link above to view the story and photos from one of my favorite assignments…

Enjoy! Best, Jeremy

Vietnam: New work from Steve Conney, travel photographer.

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Photograph © Steve Conney 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Travel photographer Steve Conney’s gallery of recent images from Vietnam can be seen HERE. Steve has photographed cultures and landscapes from across the globe, recently being recognized with a Best of Color and Excellence award in the Open Shutter Gallery’s annual juried competition.

I have mentored Steve over the last five years in photography, editing his images while also honing in on his own stylistic approach to photography. Covering digital workflow and Adobe Lightroom in the process! Steve’s travels have taken him to photograph bears in Alaska, gorillas in Uganda, while also immersing himself in the cultures of Croatia, Nepal and Bhutan!

Steve works hard to get off the beaten path and experience the less traveled roads when shooting abroad…the proof is in his images! – Enjoy, Jeremy

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Open Shutter Gallery presents the group exhibition EXPOSURE a juried show by Jimmy Williams!

Excited to be selected for this year’s juried exhibition, EXPOSURE, at the Open Shutter Gallery!

This year’s exhibition was juried by professional photographer and visual storyteller – Jimmy Williams

Two of my photographs from the series My American West will be on display, images made while on assignment in Northern New Mexico documenting contemporary ranch life in the American Southwest.

The opening will be held this Friday at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado.

Rachel and I will be at the gallery opening this weekend and look forward to seeing you there!

Best, Jeremy

The Western Horizon and the Beginning of the Next Chapter!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

One of life’s great journeys began last year – an exploration of self, career, community and landscape. This is at least what Rachel and I set out to achieve. Leaving behind what we had come to call home and opening a new chapter in our lives, careers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rekindling a lifelong love affair with the American West and revisiting my own history – which is deeply rooted in New Mexico.

Santa Fe embraced us, we explored it’s culture and landscape with as much abandon as our time, energy would allow. Those connections to place and community became authentic and irreplaceable.

Chapters come to an end, new pages unfold.

In the past weeks we have settled back into our home here in Southwest Colorado, a difficult farewell to the life we created in New Mexico and a clear sense of the opportunities ahead!

Here’s to community, visual exploration and the challenges we all rise to meet in our own lives – foremost the experiences that define us.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Aurora Photos launches new website!

Aurora Photos launches new webiste St. Lucia, South Africa. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All rights reserved.

Aurora Photos has just unveiled it’s website for 2014, new look, new interface. Very nice!

Visit Aurora Photos to see image selections for license from yours truly…

Enjoy, Jeremy

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014.

Photographing the American West…

Photographing the American West...

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photographing the vast expanses on the American West over the past decade has taught me many things…one of those lessons is to never pass up an opportunity.

I pulled off the road last week just outside of the Jicarilla Indian Reservation to make this image as a spring storm was blowing out across the valley floor. I am pleased with the images I made, and thankful that I made the decision to turn around. On any other day I might have just kept driving…

The western landscape is vast, many miles of blacktop stretch out between each assignment, I am often covering those miles with purpose, bound for a location. But on this day the agenda was wide open, my wife Rachel was with me and together we set out to explore our route south into New Mexico, the scenic route!

Roads trips. Too often I look out across the horizon and see something in a certain light, people working, storms approaching and say to myself I must return to this…soon. Unfortunately as with all photography, those moments are fleeting, and more importantly the West is so vast that returning is often unlikely.

Take the shot, make the time pull down that dirt road, don’t regret the moment!

Finally I will also add that even though some things seem timeless, I have come back to find an entire barn gone, old trucks moved after decades, and animal no longer out to pasture, never to return. Nothing is forever, even in the American West.

Storms roll in, seasons change, as do the cultures of the landscape before us…Carpe Diem!