6 Photos You Should See from Our Instagram Challenge

We received a total of 1177 entries into our Instagram contest, and with such incredible photos as entries, it made it very difficult to choose the winners! Having said that, these photos caught my eye, and won their photographer a copy of Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies. Our Grand Prize winner will receive a print of Fang in the Mist.

Thanks to everyone who entered. There is so much talent out there, and your photos have given me new inspiration. Whatever you’re passionate about, keep shooting!

Be sure to follow our winning photographers, too! Their Instagram accounts are linked below.

Day 1: Black White

Day 1 Winner by @ericalanephoto.

Day 1 Winner by @ericalanephoto.

Says @ericalanephoto: “Let us go in, the fog is rising” – Emily Dickinson. Had a chance to photograph #bear399 last spring with her two cubs. Snapped this shot before they went back into the trees. I guess she started last winter with three, but sadly only two survived. Location: Grand Teton National Park.

Day 2: Summit Photo

Day 2 Winner by Photo by @jongiesbrecht.

Day 2 Winner by Photo by @jongiesbrecht.

Says @jongiesbrecht: “Be spontaneous, explore further, and live life to the fullest!” Location: Heart Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

Day 3: Travel Photo

Day 3 Winner by @steveshannonphoto.

Day 3 Winner by @steveshannonphoto.

Says @steveshannonphoto: “Deep inside the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River cuts its way through layer upon layer of rock, in the process creating world-class whitewater rapids. Here, raft guide Jeff Strutz enjoys the cool spray with views of the canyon rim 5000 feet above.”

Day 4: AstroPhoto

Day 4 Winner by @soppygreatdane.

Day 4 Winner by @soppygreatdane.

Says @soppygreatdane: I call this image “Purple and Gold”, representing the distant aurora and the gold colours of the Ironstone in the hoodoos of Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.

Day 5: Selfie in Nature

Day 5 Winner by @astoica.

Day 5 Winner by @astoica.

Says @astoica: “Between the Rocks” – self-portrait at Council Rocks near Tombstone, Arizona.

Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner by @jaders1984

Grand Prize Winner by @jaders1984

Says @jaders1984: Photo bombed nature. Taken East of Jasper, Alberta, high on the Snaring River Road. Jasper Lake is to the far right (my most favourite chilling location) and to the left, in the background, is Roche Miette.

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 up to 5 photos per 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 zizka.ca 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. :)



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