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Paul Zizka
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I am a Banff-based outdoor and travel photographer. I specialize in images of the Canadian Rockies, adventurous pursuits and remote locations of our planet. I am passionate about what I do and I hope it shows as you look through the images.
I am a Banff-based outdoor and travel photographer. I specialize in images of the Canadian Rockies, adventurous pursuits and remote locations of our planet. I am passionate about what I do and I hope it shows as you look through the images.

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"Into The Blue."

Jeff makes his way down another rope length into the Booming Ice Chasm, lighting up a surreal blue world as he goes.

That's the entrance up above, which is located several hundred meters above the valley bottom. And yes, that's a waterfall shooting out of the wall.
Amazing place!

I'm also stoked that this image was published in Volume 1 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, published by +Crowfoot Media! Check it out at http://crowfootmediashop.com/.
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"Goodnight Banff."
Overlooking my wintery home of Banff from Sulphur Mountain, Banff National Park.
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I'm currently off the grid shooting in Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions. I'll share those photos mid-February, but in the meantime I am sharing some fresh work and winter classics.
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Looking back to a wild autumn morning at Vermilion Lakes as an approaching storm rolls over the mountains.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!
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As a photographer, I love to take some time each December to review what was created over the last year. I know I’ve taken a few images that are compelling to me if I can look at them and re-live my year through them. So, please allow me to share 16 images that are special to me, as well as the stories behind them. These are not necessarily images that others liked or that made a killing on social media, but they’re shots that got me fired up creatively. Enjoy!


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Top 16 of 2016! Image #14. "Radioactive".

A self-portrait from the famous ice roads of the Yellowknife area, in the Northwest Territories. After finishing back-to-back astrophotography workshops, I returned to a spot we had visited with the participants. The idea was to align the rising moon with the ice road. The northern lights were a welcome addition to the scene.

The foreground effect was obtained through just lying down on a headlamp. The dark, deep waters of Great Slave Lake beneath the ice are a little bit creepy at night!

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I invite you to take part in this #Top16of16 too and celebrate your own creative efforts as well as others'. Simply share an image you're proud of and give a shout out to someone who inspired who this past year! Wishing you all a creative year 2017!
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Back in September, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with French filmmaker Mathieu Le Lay on the Greenlandic icecap to shoot segments for his upcoming film, In the Starlight. While plans are in the works for him to join me to shoot both here in the Canadian Rockies and in other international destinations this upcoming year, Mathieu has released this short film in the meantime.

Here are some “behind the scenes” from our days spent amidst, ice, auroras, indigo waters and icebergs.


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Taking a walk on the wild side in Western Greenland, one of the most overwhelming places I've ever been for landscape photography.

We have a few spots left for next year's trip if you're into giant icebergs and nightly aurora :-) Details here: https://offbeatphoto.ca/next-stops/greenland-grandeur-september-2017/
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It is with great excitement and honour that I share this on here today:

"Indlandsis", a short film by Mathieu Le Lay as a teaser of the project In the Starlight. It gives you a window into time spent documenting the rugged beauty of the Greenlandic icecap (where we will be returning again in September).

The full film, In The Starlight, will be released in about a year from now. Mathieu and I will be meeting again 4 times over the next months to shoot some more!

Sincere thanks to Mathieu Le Lay for his tireless dedication, to Dario Lupo for the amwesome music, Laurent Mollard for the mix, Larisa Oltean for all the design around the project, for my wife Meghan J. Ward for holding the fort while I'm away and to our first sponsors BALL Watch Company, Visit Greenland and Canon France.

https://vimeo.com/195175907

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Taking the Plunge...

About 3 years ago, I decided to drop all my commercial work in favour of teaching photography. I've never looked back. Along with creating my own images, helping others get in touch with their creative side and encouraging others to re-engage with the wilderness are the most rewarding parts of what I do.

Back in June, I started OFFBEAT with my friend Dave Brosha Photography. The response has been amazing. Our online community is thriving and very engaging. And the workshops have been overwhelmingly popular. Tonight was supposed to be the night we launch our 2017 Namibia trip publicly, but we're happy to announce it sold out within the OFFBEAT community in 20 minutes!

I'm very thankful for everyone I've had the chance to meet on those events. Many are now great friends I see regularly, and it's been amazing to see where those fellow photographers have taken their work beyond the workshops.

If you share our passion for photography, creativity and the wilderness, we'd love to see you on a workshop or in our online community in 2017!

All the info is on our website here: https://offbeatphoto.ca/community

Here's an update on 2017 workshops:
NIGHTS OF WONDER: FAROE ISLANDS, April - Sold out
PORTRAITS IN HIGH PLACES: BANFF, June - Sold out
DAY FOR NIGHT: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, July - 75% sold out
INTO THE WILD: THE TORNGAT MOUNTAINS, July - one spot left!
GREENLAND GRANDEUR, September - a few spots left
HIGHLAND HEART: CAPE BRETON, October - a few spots left
THE CHRONICLES OF NAMIBIA, November - Sold out

Thanks, everyone! Happy photography!
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