Arctic Arts Project
Arctic Arts Project

Team Documents Major Calving Event

During the filming of “Reverse”, a video representing the dramatic visuals of climate, the team played witness to a significant calving sequence of a calculated 63 million metric ton of ice in one week’s time.

Arctic Arts Project

Mushrooms at 73º Lattitude:
Tundra Change

Change is evident throughout the world - but has never been more apparent than in the arctic regions. This summer's expedition revealed many changes, but possibly none more unique than finding 6 types of mushrooms in the tundra.

Arctic Arts Project

Permafrost- Greenland

When permafrost melts, there are impacts on drainage, ground water, river runoffs, and ecological systems. Greenland's Scoresby Sound revealed miles of polygon hummocks and permafrost melt at levels not seen on previous expeditions.

The Award Winning Visual Team of Arctic Storytellers

The Arctic Arts Project 's incredible international team of photographers, videographers and producers continues
to bring the Arctic to the world. The team’s imagery masters continue to capture climate change in the purist of art forms. Their work is currently being used throughout the globe to promote dialog between the educational and scientific communities and the art world.
Join our team of award winning photographic masters as we venture out into the arctic and bring back our interpretation of Climate Science.

Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is an award winning fine art nature and landscape photographer. He was born in Moldova, but moved to Reykjavik in Iceland in 2006 to study tourism and hospitality. Iurie is the leading photography guide and workshop instructor in Iceland, and his tours are much sought after both by locals and international clients. In addition to running photography tours, his unique and jaw-dropping landscape photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, ad campaigns, commercials and even found their way to highly esteemed newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post and The Telegraph to mention just a few.

Iurie's two main passions in life are photography and travelling. He is a big fan of winterscapes and night photography, with the latter being his most desired activity. Capturing starry nights and the elusive Aurora Borealis is something that gives him a sense of fulfillment and peace. Living in Iceland and having this interest, is a match made in heaven.

Lava Dragon by Iurie Belegurschi captures the dramatic essence of Iceland's Holuhraun eruption in the fall of 2014


Arctic Arts Photographers Kerry Koepping & Iurie Belegurschi


Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

An mountain adventurer since his teenage years. On his many trips to the Icelandic mountains and wilderness the photographer became obsessed with capturing the raw beauty of the places he visited. Over the years he has captured Iceland's most wild places on his camera from the colorful and never ending midsummer arctic sunset to the inspiring displays of northern lights in winter. Örvar has won multiple international awards for his photos and has been running a photo gallery in central Reykjavík since 2008.

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson's capture of Tinit Greenland after the storm.


Andrea Sparrow

Andrea is a deeply rooted communicator who is a keenly focused seeker of patterns. Her interests lie in understanding the systems of our planet and the systems of the human psyche- as these two elements are currently at odds with one another as climate change and our unsustainable resource use alter the environment in ways we couldn’t have anticipated 100 years ago. Traveling the planet has given her a window into the natural world, from the tiniest plants and creatures to the great vistas gained from the air. Patterns are revealed at all levels that hold regardless of scale. “I find comfort in this simplicity because while there are a great many components, it feels as though they assemble in similar ways into living systems that have an inherent symbiosis allowing them to operate together. Questions are constant in my mind as I explore. Our instinctive desire for comfort and safety has led us to endanger ourselves, yet we seem unable to adjust to a less comfortable way of being in order to preserve the very environment we require to survive.” Andrea is an artist, a scientist and an explorer at heart, driven by a desire to understand and possibly, through her visual communications mediums, help change this trajectory on which we find ourselves.


Andy Williams

Andy has been a photographer all his life. Andy's professional work can be found at Moon River Photography. Andy's also a published author and his work hangs in boardrooms and living rooms around the world. Andy has a tremendous passion for wildlife photography, situational photography and the landscape.

Andy loves photography, and sharing his knowledge and experience. One of the true "internet gurus" of photography, he's been "online" for well over 13 years helping photographers all over the web forums, and most notably on Digital Grin, and now on Facebook and Google+. There, Andy not only helps thousands, but has recruited many outstanding contributors to the community.



Field Contributors



Svavar Jonatansson

Experienced outdoorsman and world traveler, Svavar was part of James Balog’s team in the creation and filming of “Chasing Ice”.  A profound 7-year documentary in the making on the vanishing glacial ice movement.   Svavar brings an expertise and knowledge of Iceland’s beauty and change and has experienced the Arctic Arts Project’s vision first hand. Svavar has led the Summer/2013, Winter/Fall 2014 and the 2015 team into Iceland's backcountry where we were able to document artistically capture: Jokullmice, Landmanalaugar, erosion, geothermal acticity, glacial patterning and melting, glacial cave melt and volcanic eruptions. In addition to his talents as a world class guide, Svavar is the Arctic Arts Project's man behind the video camera.



Rob Case

Rob is a Primetime Emmy Award nominated Director, Director of Photography and Editor with 30 years of broadcast documentary film experience that spans the globe.

On a late Spring evening in 1971, when Rob was just 12-years old, he watched Jacques Cousteau and the team of the Calypso dive into the “Undersea World” on a mission to bring the sights, sounds, science and beauty of our world to television audiences around the globe. 

Like cracking the code of an ancient riddle, Rob suddenly realized his life’s calling.  Like Cousteau, he’d learn the art of documentary film and use it to tell the fascinating stories of our planet and the people on it.

Fast-forward to today. Rob has directed & shot well over 500 topically diverse television programs for 19 different US networks including, National Geographic, History, A&E, Smithsonian and the Discovery Networks.

He’s developed, directed and photographed broadcast & independent films in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica, in Australia, India, Senegal, Malawi, Mexico, Greece, the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uzbekistan & Central America.

While Rob’s paint brush is usually a motion picture or HD video camera, he is an accomplished and published still photographer with work in JPG Magazine, Southern Boating Magazine and on-line with National Geographic, and the Discovery Networks.

Rob says, “Motion pictures and television have the power to reach and teach billions.  Films can take people to places that they’ll never travel to and show them – undeniably – the world that IS there.  In the world we live in today that’s so necessary.”

Carsten Egevang

Carsten has been internationally recognized from numerous international organizations including category winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in addition to being awarded in this prestigious title of "Danish Nature Photographer” and the proud recipient of the Greenland Government’s "Environment and Nature Prize".

Carsten trained as a biologist, completing a PhD in Arctic biology at the University of Copenhagen. He is affiliated with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, where he primarily works with Greenland seabirds. His work with arctic wildlife and the indigenous peoples of the north is globally admired and recognized.



Joshua Holko

Living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Joshua studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism and is a fully accredited AIPP Master of Photography and member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP).
Joshua was Awarded the Outdoor Photographer of the Year in the 'Spirit of Adventure' category for his photograph of Mountain Climbers in Antarctica.

In 2014 Joshua also won the Australian AIPP Canon Professional Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year and Victorian Epson Professional
Photographer of the Year grand prize.
In Australia Joshua is officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica Gallery. International representation includes the Wilderness Gallery at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and the Aspen Gallery in Aspen USA. His work has also been exhibited at international shows and expos across the USA and Europe including Photokina in
Germany and PhotoPlus in New York.


Marc Muench

As a third-generation photographer, it would be easy for Marc to fall under the shadow of his talented parents and grandfather. Instead, Marc has emerged as one of the nation's premier photographers in his own right through a combination of innate ability and a unique style that blends landscapes, action, and other photographic genres, depending on the scene and the assignment. Like his father before him, Marc was immersed in America's landscapes. Both his grandfather, Josef, and his father, David, specialized in landscape photography. His mother, Bonnie, is also a photographer and painter. A keen eye for color, light, and composition is second nature to the Muench family.

Marc has collaborated on and published several landscape photography books with his father, and has had a number of solo landscape photography books published, in addition to extensive publication of his work inside and on the covers of magazines like National Geographic, Skiing, Outside, Time, and Reader's Digest.

Marc is widely sought out for his work, not only for his technical and artistic excellence, but also for the subtle additions he brings into his photos that help set them apart and draw primary interest to what appears to be a secondary element.


Florian Ledoux

I started photography when I was 12 years old as a simple pleasure while traveling with my family. I was far to imagine that I will find in it my life power. As a self-taught, I developed this passion until it became strong enough to become photo reporter in the French military Navy. In parallel I commenced my own project by working on Greenland reportages. There is no doubt that the beauty of nature, the search of isolated and wild places in the Arctic, led me to photography. 
Later my new project took me closer to the Arctic Wildlife, it was so intense that I had this desire to become wildlife photographer to spend more time close to the different species. 
On my way to become a wildlife photographer I got inspire by many great photographer such as Vincent Munier, Paul Nicklen, Sebastião Salgado, Paul Souders, Brian Skerry. Despite there was no drone in their works in that time, photos blown up my mind, feeding my desire to encounter this wildlife. 
My work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Oceanographic, Photo Cult, Guardian, BBC, The Times etc. It has also been recognised and featured by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as well as on exhibition in the Biosphere Museum in Montreal. 


Scientists & Educators


Jim White

Jim White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at The University of Colorado and is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies Program. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of interdisciplinary education and research, and has worked steadily to break down barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better educate and train students and conduct research in the area of sustainability and environmental change.



Shelly Sommers

Shelly is the Information & Outreach Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder, where she acts as communications and information strategist. She also directs the Albert A. Bartlett Science Communication Center, which builds capacity for public engagement and helps climate and environmental scientists navigate the territory where their identities as scientists and as citizens meet. She brings a strong background in analytics and information to the service of transitioning to a just and resilient world.



Lisa Gardiner

"Exploring the Arctic through photographs allows us to learn about a place that most of us will never visit - a place that is feeling the effects of climate change most acutely. The more we learn about the Arctic, the more we will understand the impacts of climate change and, hopefully, take action to stop the problem."

Lisa Gardiner, PhD MFA
K-12 Education Lead
UCAR Center for Science Education


Jeff Weber

"Change is happening at a rapid pace in the Arctic. 
Kerry, and the team at The Arctic Arts Project are documenting the change in a very artistic way. This is an incredible asset to Arctic science as it helps to bring visual evidence to our work."

Jeff Weber, Greenland Glacial Studies
Unidata Program Center
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research