Kerry Koepping

Executive Director – Arctic Arts Project
Research Affiliate – Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research – University of Colorado

Brand Ambassador- Zeal Optics, OBOZ Footwear, Jax Outdoor Goods

Advisory Board- Global Environmental Media

Kerry is an internationally acclaimed environmental photographer, visionary, and communicator dedicated to the stewardship of the environment and the Arctic. He is the founder of the non-profit Arctic Arts Project and is dedicated to strengthening environmental sustainability by illuminating environmental problems and issues through the use of science and visual literacy.

His work has been published in prestigious media channels throughout the world including; Smithsonian, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), ECO, National Academy of Science, AMAP, Arctic Today, CAFF, The Arctic Council and the U. S. Arctic Research Commission. Kerry has also been a speaker and panelist at international forums and conferences on climate change including: the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland , The Visual Climate Change Forum at The University of Indonesia, Jakarta, AREDAY Conference, Aspen, and the “Engaging Climate through the Arts” speaker series in the U.S..  Kerry’s unique vision for the Arctic Arts Project evolved while shooting in Denali, Alaska where he captured rarely seen permafrost polygon hummock imagery that to this day has evoked a passionate global response from naturalists, scientists and artists alike.

A Recent Podcast with Kerry and The Arctic Arts Project:

Kerry Koepping, Director

To See Things Differently

Kerry’s journeys over the last ten years have taken him from the backcountry of Alaska, to the Inuit settlements and glaciers of Northern Greenland, to helicopter flights over Iceland’s Holuhraun Volcano. With each expedition focused on communicating, to the world, the visual response to climate change.

In recent presentations to the Colorado High School educational communities, Kerry coined the Phrase “To See Things Differently” in order to inspire the students to look at things in their own world with question and conviction. This phrase has now become the title of the Arctic Arts Project’s major exhibitions – “To See Things Differently” – The Visual Response to change. The Show at NCAR (The National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, Colorado, reached an unprecedented 65,000 visitors in 10 months.

Exhibitions, Shows and Installs

"For me, each photograph is a journey in perception, an exploration in seeing the world that surrounds us. When photographing the Arctic, I tune in to the hidden storylines within the subject at hand and try to communicate that sense back to the person seeing a final image."

INSTAAR- Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Boulder, Colorado
60 Image Exhibition representing the Arctic Arts Photographic Team
Open Monday-Friday
NCAR- National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado
Permanent Installation–Vatnajokull Ice Cave 2014-2015
Open Daily: 8:00am-4:30pm
Arctic Council- Biodiversity Congress
Traveling Photo Exhibition
Rovaniemi, Finland- Arktikum Museum
Helsinki, Finland- Ministry of the Environment
Busan, South Korea- National Institute of Ecology in the Republic of Korea
University Of Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

Awards and Selections

2020- Estonia International Salon

PSA Gold Medal

2020- Sienna International

4-time finalist

2019- Roam Media Awards

2019- Arctic Biodiversity Congress

Gold Medal- Photographer of the Year- Ice Camp Aurora

2018 – International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Top 101 Photos of the Year 2-time winner

2018 – PROIFY- International Foto of the Year

2018 – International Monochrome Awards – 8-time winner

2018 – US Congressional Collection

2017- Smithsonian Magazine

Jakobshavn Melt- Sustainable Travel Photographer

2017- Global Arctic Awards

Bronze Medal- Trails to Gold

2016- NotIndoor Magazine

International Photographer of the Year Finalist

2015- Arctic Commission

Gold Medal Award
“Small Against Time”

2015- CameraPixo- Inspire Magazine

“Dunes at the Horn”

I feel a deep sense of responsibility in capturing a moment in time, knowing that I may be one of only a few people on earth witnessing a given subject.

Kerry Koepping, Director, Arctic Arts Project