#DitchComfort: Photo Challenge with @PaulZizkaPhoto

We’re calling on all photographers to go beyond their limitations and boost their creativity with the #DitchComfort Photo Challenge!

What does that mean? Find a new angle of a common subject, experiment without inhibition, get wet and dirty, try a new genre – whatever it means to you to step out of your comfort zone as a photographer. Submit your #ditchcomfort photos for a chance to win a 1 hour photo critiquing session with Paul Zizka and a copy of Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies!

Promote the contest with #ditchcomfort and @PaulZizkaPhoto (no bonus point for that – just fun!).



  • Contest open: January 26, 2015, at 12:00 am MST – February 8, 2015, at 11:59pm MST.
  • Winner and Special Mentions will be chosen by February 14, 2015.
  • Landscape and outdoor adventure photos only, please, from anywhere in the world.
  • All submissions must have been taken during the contest period.
  • Up to 5 submitted photos allowed per photographer.
    • Submit photos for web at 72 ppi (1200px long side is sufficient).
    • Submit a short story (up to 100 words) with each photograph, describing how you got out of your comfort zone to capture it.
    • Include your social media links, website link and contact info with your submissions.
  • Email your submissions to submissions@zizka.ca. A Dropbox link or something similar is acceptable.
  • Any submissions that are incomplete or that are submitted through any other channel will not be accepted.
  • By submitting your images, you agree to have them posted on zizka.ca/blog and on the Paul Zizka Photography Facebook Page. They will not be used in any other way.
  • Paul Zizka Photography reserves the right to make slight edits to stories for publishing purposes.


  • All shortlisted and winning photographs and stories will be published on the Paul Zizka Photography Facebook Page, as well as on zizka.ca/blog (with credit/social media links).
  • 1 Grand Prize photo and story (chosen by Paul Zizka) will win a 1-hour photo critique session with Paul Zizka (can be done through Skype or Google Hangouts), as well as a copy of Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies. 
  • 3 Special Mentions (chosen by Paul Zizka) will win a copy of Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies.