“In 2004 when I attended NANPA’s intensive program in Portland as a high school scholarship student, my eyes opened to exploring wildlife photography as a medium. I greatly benefited from one-on-one instruction and the support of fellow photographers. The intensive workshop improved my photographic skills, knowledge and daily workflow. The hands on experience increased my love of photography while helping me understand what it takes to be a nature photographer.
I’ve become quite fascinated with Asia over the past year. Some of my most memorable moments have been photographing rhinos in Nepal, tigers in India, leopards in Sri Lanka, and orangutans in Indonesian Borneo. I find the excitement of traveling and photographing wildlife to be the most rewarding thing I can do with my life.
Traveling the world has given me an insight into the natural world and its diminishing habitats. I am greatly affected where our planet is headed and would like to focus my attention on protecting natural areas through photography. By creating images that evoke emotions—and seeing the beauty and importance of nature—others will feel this connection and take action to conserve critical habitats and wildlife for future generations.”
Jorel grew up in California, the Pacific North West Coast of Canada and Hawaii where he developed an intimate love of nature. He was a winner of NANPA’s High School Scholarship program held in Portland, Oregon in 2004. Jorel talks about how the NANPA program impacted him and shares with us his current focus and future plans. Please visit Jorel’s website to connect with him and see more of his work.