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.
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