10 Best Backcountry Stays in the Canadian Rockies

When you want to leave the tent and cooking gear behind, there are numerous options for memorable backcountry stays in the Canadian Rockies. Here are 10 of them.

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Journey to the White Continent

Antarctica. It always seemed so unattainable to me. But after two days at sea, and a year of anticipation, I was mesmerized when we first caught sight of a few rocks off Elephant Island through the thick fog – harbingers of our imminent arrival on the fabled White Continent. There is no wilder place on Earth, nowhere more remote, more inhospitable.

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11 Dream Locations Photographers Should Know About

Well before I started in photography I already had a passion for exploring lesser-known parts of the planet and remote landscapes. When I picked up the camera, it was only natural that I use photography to document some of my experiences in these kinds of destinations. As much as I believe that good photos can happen anywhere, even in the backyard, I feel fortunate to have spent time photographing those locations that have so much photo potential, yet generally fall off the radar. The world is full of these gems – the underdocumented, rarely visited or overlooked. While some places will remain that way for some time due to difficulty or costs of access, for others it may be only a matter of time before they become as popular as the current photo hot spots. There is much, much more to explore, but here are eleven locations that hold a special place for me and that remain largely obscure.

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9 Images of a Breathtaking Landscape: Greenland

Greenland is a misleading name for this vast and wild landscape. Drifting icebergs, striking rock formations, and colourful skies are plentiful here, making Greenland a photographer’s dream location. I had the chance to spend a short time there this September, scouting out locations for a photography workshop next year. Here are some of the best images to come out of this trip!

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The Stories Behind the Images: Top 10 of 2014

It has been a wild year here at Paul Zizka Photography, with opportunities to shoot throughout the mountain parks and in remote destinations on the other side of the world. This collection comes from images I have posted on my Facebook Page. I don’t often have the chance to tell the stories behind the images, and the process is a far cry from “point and shoot”. So, for this round-up of top images from this past year, I have written out the stories behind each one. Thanks for taking the time to view and read, and I appreciate all your support the past year!

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Water: 6 Photographs from Around the World

This past year, I have been lucky to travel through the South Pacific with my family, to the Northwest Territories for a workshop with Dave Brosha, and to Saint Lucia for some personal time away. No matter where I go, I am always attracted to water, to the unique character of the shoreline, features in the sea that surprise me, and the interplay of light and reflection. So, as we approach the end of 2014, and my international travels are done for the year, I wanted to share a selection of six photographs of water from around the world. Enjoy!

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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.

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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.

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