Yukon's Photography Festival

Exhibition, photo contest, live streaming workshops and a photo walk.
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FLIF 2021

The Air North First Light Image Festival is back for 2021. This year’s main event will be an all-digital collection of workshops, and a keynote speech from one very special guest. This live-streaming event will be taking place on April 17th, followed by a photo walk on the 18th.

Event Sponsors


We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our incredible sponsors, without whom this festival would not be possible. Despite the challenging global situation, all of these companies continue to share the same passions that we do. We are immensely grateful for their continued participation in Yukon’s photography festival.

Keynote Speaker


We’re excited to announce that this year’s keynote will be delivered by National Geographic photographer, Kiliii Yuyan.

View his work at kiliii.com



Photographer Kiliii Yuyan uncovers the hidden stories of polar regions, wildlands and Indigenous communities. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American, he explores the the human relationship to the natural world from different cultural perspectives. Kiliii is an award-winning feature contributor to National Geographic Magazine and other publications.
Michelle Valberg

Michelle Valberg

Ottawa, ON

Michelle Valberg is a Nikon Ambassador and an award-winning wildlife photographer who has been telling stories with her camera for more than 30 years.


Simon Blakesley

Simon Blakesley

Whitehorse, YT

Simon Blakesley is an award-winning aviation photographer and former RCAF member from Whitehorse, Yukon.


Jay Gough

Jay Gough

Vancouver, BC

Jay Gough is a photography educator and former Nikon Professional Services Manager from Vancouver. 

Cathie Archbould

Cathie Archbould

Whitehorse, YT

For thirty years, Cathie Archbould has captured every angle of the North on assignment for commercial and editorial clients from all over Canada.


2021 Air North First Light Image Festival

– Ticket Options

Workshop Replays


Available to watch until June 30th.


This ticket gives you on-demand streaming of the workshops from our FLIF 2021 livestream event.

Ticket purchasers will be sent a link to a password-protected page, where they can log in and re-watch nearly 4 hours of workshops:

  • Michelle Valberg – For the Love of WIldlife
  • Simon Blakesley – The Gift of Photography
  • Kiliii Yuyan – Pitching Photographic Stories & Projects: From Ideas to Publication
  • Cathie Archbould – Single Light Portraiture
  • Jay Gough – The Photography of Moving Things
  • Kiliii Yuyan – The Photographer’s Way – Creating Stunning Bodies of Work through Process and Approach

These videos will be available to watch until June 30th.


Pan Northern Photo Exhibition


Yukon Arts Centre

April 14th-30th 2021 – 9am to 5pm MST


This year we are proud to be partnering with the Far North Photo Festival from Yellowknife, to bring the curated photography exhibit from their 2020 event, over to Whitehorse for display at the Yukon Arts Centre.

The exhibit features documentary photographers from each of the circumpolar nations, as well as photographers from Canada’s northern territories of NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut.

View the exhibition, for free, at the Yukon Arts Centre, April 14th to 31st.

* The live Q&A sessions that are taking place with some of our speakers will only be available to those who are watching and participating in the live stream and live chat.

Meet The Organizers

This festival would not be possible without the volunteers who make up the Writing With Light Society’s board of directors.

Dan Carr

Dan Carr

Dan is an outdoor and adventure photography specialist based in Whitehorse. His commercial work has been used by brands such as Apple, Nike, Adobe, Canon and Red Bull. Dan is the current President of the Writing With Light Society.

Find Dan’s work at https://dancarrpphotography.com and his blog at https://shuttermuse.com

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is an award-winning photographer based in Whitehorse. He received a Kodak Instamatic 110 camera on his 8th birthday and has not stopped clicking since. His passion for photography has led him around the world to photograph inspiring people and places.

Find Mark’s work at https://www.depthoffield.ca/

Atsushi Sugimoto

Atsushi Sugimoto

Atsushi was born and raised in Japan, has always been fascinated by the North since early, started traveling to the northern places with camera, then moved to the Yukon in 2011, won the grand prize of First Light Image Festival Photo Contest in 2019.

Find Atsushi’s Work at https://www.apl-as.com

Jason Wolsky

Jason Wolsky

With a background in emergency response and technical rescue instructor, Jason is drawn to capture people in industrial or work environments. With a commercial pilots licence, he is also currently working towards getting an advanced drone licence.

Find Jason’s work at https://jasonwolsky.com/

Alistair Maitland

Alistair Maitland

Alistair is a photographer/videographer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. A photojournalist at heart, he prefers creating visual stories for his corporate, government and private clients in the North.

Find Alistair’s work at https://www.alistairmaitland.com/