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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La Vieille Capitale

In the midst of a transit whirlwind I recently spent a few hours in my hometown of Quebec City. Most would agree that the “Vieille Capitale” is among the most beautiful cities on the continent. I live a few provinces away now but appreciate the charm of Old Quebec more than ever before. Here are…

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The West Face of Thor

I have had several inquiries regarding the “crazy-looking mountain” since I started posting images from Nunavut so I thought I would devote a post to the incredible west face of Mount Thor. Thor is just one of several wild peaks found in Auyuittuq National Park, on rugged Baffin Island. Mount Odin is flanked by giant…

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Jerzy Kukuczka – Tribute to a Himalayan Giant

Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka would have turned 64 today. To me, he was the ultimate athlete, the real thing. His mental toughness was legendary even among the finest climbers in the world. “Jurek”‘s list of mountaineering achievements is arguably the most impressive in history (from Wikipedia): 1979 — Lhotse – West Face, Normal Route. 1980 — Mount Everest –…

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A Taste of Nunavut

This post has been a long time in the making. It is about a 2011 wintertime trip to fabulous Nunavut. As usual I had plans to hammer out the editing for this adventure soon after returning to Banff. But as usual summer in the Rockies got busy with photo assignments, climbing, landscape work. An extended…

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Annapurna Trails

Natural and man-made streaks of light meet in the Himalayan night at Annapurna south, as hikers make their way to the base camp for the sunrise spectacle. Machhapuchhare Base Camp, Nepal. This image is available as a print. f/4.0, 8 minutes, ISO 320, 80.0 mm on Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 5D Mk II body.

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Fading Light on Fishtail

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. An evening scene at Annapurna Base Camp, at an elevation of roughly 4,000m. On such clear nights “Fishtail” (also known as Machhapuchhare, in the background) gets bathed in a beautiful reddish glow, signalling the arrival of a starry night. This…

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