Words by Stephen DesRoches
Feature image by Paul Zizka

My introduction to OFFBEAT began in a hotel room in Whitehorse, Yukon, after a workshop in Kluane National Park and Reserve. It was from this hotel room that Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka launched and announced the first version of the OFFBEAT website to the world – the beginnings of a community of photographers geared towards pushing each other further.

Fast forward six months and I’m again in a hotel room with Dave and Paul, this time in Greenland, and furiously typing away to launch and announce a workshop in a remote part of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From Yukon to Greenland and everything in between, I’ve watched OFFBEAT come to life, growing to a membership of 300 and nine regular contributors writing weekly articles. Now is a good time to look back and celebrate our first year anniversary.


Download our free e-Book, Wild Places, to gain access to some lessons and tutorials from our OFFBEAT contributors, and see some of the work produced by our workshop participants in the Yukon, Banff, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

One of my own favourite aspects of OFFBEAT is how participants and instructors continue the friendship and discussions in our private Facebook groups well after a workshop has ended.

These Facebook groups are used to share our favourite images, and this e-Book is a collection of just that: a compilation of images individually selected and submitted by participants from four different OFFBEAT workshops.

This first issue of Wild Places is also a preview of some of our weekly articles authored by each of the nine regular contributors. Thank you to everyone who continues to make OFFBEAT a better place.

Find out more and learn about joining the OFFBEAT Community! We hope to see you there!



Stephen DesRoches is a contributor at OFFBEAT

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