Meet Ashleigh Scully

Hi! Thank you for visiting my website. I am a wildlife photographer based in New Jersey and I have been capturing nature images since I was 8 years old. Now, I am 20 and a junior at Texas Christian University (TCU). I was recruited when I was 16 to be on their Division 1 Equestrian team and have been competing with them for almost three years now. I was an All-American my freshman year and due to remaining NCAA eligibility from the pandemic, I have the opportunity to stay a 5th year to compete at TCU. I am majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing, also taking classes in Communications and Astrophysics/Astronomy. For my 5th year I will be applying for the Accelerated Master's Degree in English. Through this, I hope to attain the tools I need to become a successful photojournalist and writer out of school. 

School has kept me busy these last couple of years and because of this I have had to put my love for photography on hold. I have spent my college summers backpacking, working, and traveling. This past summer I finished up my advanced scuba diving certifications, specializing in drift diving, night diving, fish identification and advanced free diving. Now I have the qualifications to photograph underwater :)

With all of my undergraduate courses completed, and my Master's application coming soon, I am focusing primarily on applying writing skills to my photography. This summer (2023) I will be traveling to Zambia to learn and work for a conservation group, and Svalbard, Norway, where I hope to learn and capture how our actions as a species are affecting arctic wildlife.

When I'm not in Texas at school, or New Jersey at home, I am often found in Wyoming, where my family will be moving in the next couple of years. Most of you know me for my photos of foxes, owls and bears. I hope that in the upcoming years my education and photography can help me become a voice for conservation efforts in our rapidly changing world.

My Achievements:

  • 2021 NANPA Outstanding Young Photographer Award
  • 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner and Finalist, 11-14 years, Youth
  • 2017 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Youth Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • 2017 Yellowstone Forever Youth Wildlife Winner
  • 2017 Audubon Magazine Photography Competition Top 100
  • 2017 Adobe Rising Stars Campaign member (Adobe Lightroom Instagram takeover)
  • 2014, 2015 and 2016 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Youth Highly Honored
  • 2016 GAP / Ellen DeGeneres GirlPower campaign member
  • 2016 Audubon Magazine Photography Competition Top 100
  • 2016 Yellowstone Forever Youth Landscapes Winner
  • 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awarded Finalist, 11-14 years, Youth
  • 2015 Por el Planeta International Wildlife Nature and Conservation Photography Competition Youth 10-13 Winner
See all Achievements here

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My Equipment:

I am currently shooting with a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EOS 5D MIII, and I use a few different lenses, some telephotos, and sometimes with a 1.4x teleconverter. I also use a Gitzo tripod and a Wimberley gimbal head.

I hope you enjoy viewing my photographs!

- Ashleigh