Kerry Koepping

Director – Arctic Arts Project
Research Affiliate – Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research – University of Colorado
Ambassador – Zeal Optics

Kerry is an internationally acclaimed environmental photographer and communicator with a passion for the outdoors and the Arctic. His work has been published in prestigious media channels throughout the world including the Smithsonian, NCAR, ECO, National Academy of Science, and the U. S. Arctic Research Commission.  Kerry has also been a presenter at international forums and conferences on climate change; most recently at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland and The Visual Climate Change Forum at The University of Indonesia, Jakarta. His unique vision for the Arctic Arts Project evolved while shooting in Denali, Alaska where he captured rarely seen permafrost polygon hummock imagery that evoked a passionate global response from naturalists, scientists and artists.

Kerry Koepping, Director

To See Things Differently

Kerry’s journeys over the last seven 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

2019- Roam Media Awards

• Finalist Top 3- Discovery Photograph of the Year- Ice on Fire
• Finalist Top 3- Thrill Photograph of the Year- Dirty Arch

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

Top 50 Photo- Aurora Ice Camp

2018 – International Monochrome Awards – 8-time winner

  • Dog Sled
  • Glacial River Too
  • The Horn
  • Leaky Foss
  • The Polar Hunt
  • Reflective Berg
  • Ready for the Hunt
  • Trail to Gold

2018 – US Senator Michael Bennet

Colorado Congressional Collection for “Wilson Dawn”

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