Northern Lights Put on Another Show in Banff: Cosmic Curtains

Cosmic Curtains - Aurora Borealis at Lake Minnewanka by Paul Zizka Photography

Cosmic Curtains – Aurora Borealis at Lake Minnewanka by Paul Zizka Photography

Last night we had a nice aurora display last night over Banff National Park. It was pretty subdued to the naked eye overall, but the camera picked up a wonderful colour palette.

Self-portrait, Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park.

These are the types of shots that Dave Brosha Photography and I will work on during our “Nights of Wonder” night photography workshop this February in Yellowknife, and we still have a few spots available.

This photo is also available as a limited edition print. View all of our print ordering info here.


Enter the #ZizkaChallenge on Instagram, September 3-7, 2014!

Join the Paul Zizka Photography Challenge on Instagram! 

Here’s how: 

  • Every day between September 3 – 7, 2014, @PaulZizkaPhoto will announce a new theme for that day’s entries.
  • People must use @PaulZizkaPhoto and #ZizkaChallenge to enter their photos, and be following @PaulZizkaPhoto.
  • Entries don’t need to be current photos. You can post some of your old favourites! Enter as many photos as you like each day.
  • A photo will be chosen at the end of each day, and each winner will receive a copy of Paul Zizka’s Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies.
  • After the contest, all winning photos will be rounded up and displayed in a blog post on with a link to winners’ Instagram accounts.
  • All photos hash-tagged #ZizkaChallenge will be entered in a draw for a 20×30 print of Fang in the Mist (valued at $250).
  • Look out for the theme to be announced each day!
  • Open to residents of The World. :)


Avaiki, Photo by Paul Zizka

Untouched, Underdocumented: Photos from the Island of Niue

It has been a little while since my last entry, largely because I recently returned from a 10-week stint in the South Pacific with a mountain of raw files. The wet weather we’ve had in Banff this past week has allowed me to start putting a dent into the editing, so here I am with some images from Niue.

We moved around a lot on this latest visit to the South Pacific (check out my wife & freelance writer Meghan Ward’s blog at for more on that). Until the dust settles I am left with a whirlwind of memories involving beaches, turquoise waters and exotic creatures. Out of those jumbled recollections, our week on the tiny island of Niue emerges as one major highlight.  Read more


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