Mark Kelly is an award winning photographer who has travelled around the world to photograph inspiring people and places .
Mark has completed a Masters Degree in counselling where he utilized photography for Personal Change. It was during this time that Mark discovered a passion for Photography for Social Change. Since then he has worked with other photographers to create programs that encourage viewers to consider social needs in his home community and globally.
Mark was a key influencer with Guerrilla Photography for Social Change and Mind the Gap - photography calendar projects with the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. He has also worked with the Yukon Human Rights Commission to create imagery for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Ta’an Kwach’an Council’s “It Starts at Home: Modern Times, Traditional Values” Honouring our Women campaign, and the Yukon White Ribbon Campaign’s “My Strength is Not for Hurting. In 2017, Mark collaborated with photographer Alistair Maitland in South East Asia to bring awareness about poverty and housing in the rural parts of Cambodia with the NGO Bracelets for Buildings.
The images presented here are from the 2017 book he completed with writer Lily Gontard entitled Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community. He and Lily capture the importance of the community along the “longest main street in North America.” He and Lily were awarded the 2018 Yukon Heritage Award for Innovation, Education and Community Engagement for their work on Beyond Mile Zero. The book was also awarded the 2018 silver medal in travel writing at the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) and the 2018 Foreward Indies Book of the Year gold medal for travel.
Currently, is the co-host of the CBC podcast Northern Exposures and creates imagery for commercial, individual and media clients. You can find Mark's work in publications such as Yukon North of Ordinary, UpHere, Geist and The Globe and Mail.