Paul Zizka is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta.
Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.
Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, including Macleans’s, IMPACT, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.
In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.
His first book, Summits & Starlight, is now available for purchase.
Paul lives in Banff, Alberta, with his wife, writer Meghan J. Ward, and their 1-year-old, Mistaya.
I believe there is in all human beings a deep connection with the natural environment. In these times, however, that link is often obscured by the capitalistic, hectic, materialistic and anthropocentric nature of our societies. My hope is that through my photography people will rediscover the precious connection they can have with the wonders of our planet.
Select Interviews with Paul Zizka
Toque & Canoe – Afraid of the dark? Don’t be. Paul Zizka’s primal relationship with the night sky
Nature Conservancy Canada – Picturing Canada’s Rockies: A Q&A with photographer Paul Zizka
Ugo Cei – F Stop Lounge Interview with Paul Zizka
Highline Magazine – A few of Paul Zizka’s favourite things: his newborn, new book and northern lights
Toque & Canoe – Reimagining the Rockies: Paul Zizka on Canada’s Mountain West
British Columbia Photography – Interview with Landscape Photographer Paul Zizka
PhotographyCorner.com – SmugMug Corner #78: Paul Zizka
Darwin Wiggett – Inspirations – Paul Zizka