Patrick Kelley is a world traveler, award-winning photographer and a naturalist at heart. As an avid outdoorsman, his interests have led him on adventures around the world. He specializes in Fine Art Travel, Resort, Lifestyle and Architectural Photography.

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2006. He then produced a wide variety of publications as their staff photographer.  He has worked as the assistant gallery manager at the Minneapolis Photo Center as well as a digital photography instructor at IFP Media Arts.

In 2013 he relocated to the island of Kauai and launched an educational photography program, Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops. These classes bring photographers and amateurs alike into the heart of the island for unique on-location photography training and rare photographic opportunities.

He is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and does assignment work both at home and overseas for commissioned and independent photography projects.


Clients Include                                                         

  • National Geographic Image Collection
  • Hyatt Resorts & Spas
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Avianca Airlines
  • Montana Office of Tourism
  • Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Pure Hawaii Travel LLC
  • Aloha Web Designs


Honors & Awards                                                     

Hawaii Artspace Alliance - Kauai Selected Artist Represented 2019

Oakwood Asia - Color Photography Competition Winner June 2018

Rangefinder Magazine - Best Friends Photography Competition Finalist 2016

Irish Fair of Minnesota - 1st Place Winner (People) & 2nd Place Winner (Scenery) 2015

The Juried Nature Art Exhibition Light Space and Time Gallery - Second Place Photography Category and Fourth Place Overall Winner 2014

National Geographic Montana Photography Contest - Grand Prize Winner 2012

River to Well Photography Competition (funding wells and water projects for communities that don't have a reliable and sustainable source of clean water.) - Best in Show 2011

National Geographic Traveler - Editor's Pick Spontaneous Moments 2011

National Geographic - Photo of the Day June, 21st 2011

The Aperture Academy - Colors of Summer Honorable Mention 2011

National Geographic - Photo of the Day August, 21st 2010

Nature's Best Photography - Finalist 2010

National Geographic International Photography Contest - English Edition Nature Winner 2009

National Geographic Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest - Multiple Images Finalist 2009

General Mills World Headquarters "That's Creative" Photography Competition - Best in Show 2009