GreenGreyWhite Instagram Photo Contest

The colours of the Alpine Club of Canada’s crest are green, grey and white, representing the forests, rocks and snow of the alpine environment.

Follow us on Instagram at @alpineclubcan and use the hashtag #alpineclubofcanada to be entered, and to allow us to feature your image throughout the contest.

Our photo contest celebrates the ACC’s heritage, our country and the places we recreate. Enter your favourite images on Instagram to win monthly prizes!

The winner each month will be the photographer of our favourite photo submitted. We’re looking for images that capture the GreenGreyWhite spirit, more than anything – images that portray the beauty of the spaces we play and the passion that people have for these environments.



Prize: The North Face Cinder Pack 55 Screen Shot 2017-04-08 at 11.32.15 AM

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 9.54.38 AMBreak into the back country with this insanely durable 1000D PU-coated nylon built to withstand the most intense trad climbing situations.

To enter for your chance to win a Cinder Pack 55 from The North Face, just tag us on Instagram at @alpineclubcan with your best shots and be sure to use the hashtag #alpineclubofcanada to give us permission to feature some of our favourites in our feed. Woop it up!



Prize: Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody (men’s or women’s)

Kim Ruby

Photo by @krruby

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Shoulder season is creeping up on us, but there’s still plenty of fresh pow stashes to be found all over the country. How are you getting your fix of Canada’s winter wonders?

Our winner for march is Kim Ruby @krruby. Thanks for all the great submissions this month, everyone!




By @brycebrownimages.

Theme: Mountain Love
Prize: Mountain Hardwear Ozonic OutDry Waterproof Pack

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Who even cares about Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re single or taken, February is a great a time to get out there and celebrate your love for the mountains! Thanks for following us at @alpineclubcan and tagging your photos with #alpineclubofcanada in February. We are feelin’ the love!

And the winner of a Mountain Hardwear Ozonic OutDry Waterproof Pack is: Bryce Brown! “Another photo of @ianwelsted riding the new route ‘Blob Blob Blob’. Giddyup!”



We hope you find endless days like this

Due to the holiday season and the National Office closure during the holidays, there will be no December competition. Please continue to follow @alpineclubcan and tag your photos #alpineclubofcanada. We will be featuring some shots through December and over the holidays to keep inspiring you. Check back in the new year for some great prizes and shots captured by our dedicated members. Happy Holidays and New Years from all of us at the ACC.



Novembers Theme: Explore – Photo by @lucas_really

Theme: Explore
Winner: @lucas-really
Prize: The North Face Alpine 50L Pack


Exploring is part of what The Alpine Club of Canada and The North Face have in common and why they’ve been partners for well over 10 years. Our members go out everyday of the year to expand their horizons and views to explore themselves and the environment. Capturing photos along the way and sharing them, helps ignite the same spirit in everyone and @lucas_really is no exception here. So go on, get out there and Never Stop Exploring.

“The rock garden on Mt Allen is 👌
#Kananaskis #getoutthere




October’s Theme: Journey – Photo by @stasher_bc

Theme: Journey
Winner: @stasher_bc
Prize: Smartwool Smartloft Jacket

smartwool-logo2We all have our Journey and it’s a path that we sometimes travel alone and other times with partners that help us to our final destination, known or unknown. Capturing these moments can allow us to share this journey with others and to remind ourselves where we came from and what we learned along the way. The Alpine Club of Canada wants you to share your journey’s with us so that we can see where you’ve been and where you are headed.

Our newest partner to the ACC family is Smartwool and they have graciously provided one of their super comfy Smartloft jackets for this month’s winner of the #GreenGreyWhite photo competition.

“The dawn as we eyed up the most coveted summit on Vancouver Island , Mt Colonel Foster . 2 peaks stood in our way that we had to climb before the main summit made for 16hrs of trad climbing, short roping and endless rappels as rain and fog attempted to thwart our successful descent. Summiting is optional ~ Descending is Mandatory. I was so relieved to get back to my @bigagnes_ tent and sleep that night. #ExploreBeyondTheUsual | Shot on my @sonyimages @sonyalpha a6000 #journey”





September’s Theme: Serenity – Photo by @malhockey87

Theme: Serenity
Winner: @malhockey87
Prize: Tycane sunglasses from Adidas Eyewear

Serenity it neither a place nor a feeling, but a state of mind. Watching our members find this has been a real experience for us and we need to draw attention to @malhockey87 for capturing this experience with her time up in Lake O’Hara. With the changing of the seasons, capturing just the right light to effectively change your perception is a rare achievement. To keep your sight intact upon this journey Adidas stepped up to protect your eyes with a pair of the Tycane sunglasses.

Schaffer lake with Mount Huber in the background from last weekend’s hike #reflection #fallcolours #larch #lakeohara #schafferlake #hiking #hellobc #canadianrockies #unplugged #greengreywhite 📷: @malhockey87




August’s theme: Epic – photo by @at.altitude

Theme: Epic
Winner: @at.altitude
Prize: Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody

arcteryxlogoWe congratulate @at.altitude for his second winning photo in our #GreenGreyWhite Instagram photo contest. This image “overlooking Iceberg Lake and Iceberg Peak from the descent from Mt. Wilbur” is truly Epic and was our unanimous winner in a month with many strong entries. We envy the places that @at.altitude explores and captures for us all to enjoy. The prize for this Epic photo is an Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody. Thanks to everyone who has submitted photos and thanks to our great friends at Arc’teryx for supplying this month’s prize.




July’s Theme: Majestic – Photo by @vvalchev

Theme: Majestic
Winner: @vvalchev
Prize: Outdoor Research Men’s and Woman’s Deviator Hoody

Outdoor ResearchMore and more submissions and a very high standard of photos makes picking our monthly winners harder and harder. Our winner this month is @vvalchev with this photo that captures the majesty of our mountains. This month’s prize is two (men’s and women’s) OR Deviator Hoodies. We appreciate the dedication our members have to getting outside whether they obtain their objectives or not. Perseverance and love of the outdoors keeps us all going.

@brandonmacmullin and I were the definition of spontaneous this weekend – we had a new plan and new mountains to climb just about every 5 minutes. We got soaked by all the rain ? and didn’t fully conquer a single summit (originally had four in mind).The closest we got was #YoungsPeak , but ya can’t be mad while witnessing that sunset ☝?okay, maybe just a little bit..? #notgettingsh*tdone July 16, 2016″ ?: @vvalchev

And a special shout out to our friends at Outdoor Research for July’s prize.



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June’s Theme: Light – Photo by @blake.mcintyre

Theme: Light
Winner: @blake.mcintyre
Prize: Mountain Hardwear Rainshadow OutDry 26 backpack

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It was a tough choice with this month’s Light theme but @blake.mcintyre took home the prize with this fantastic image of the King of the Mountain. The glow of a setting sun on this magnificent mountain goat and the contrast between the clouds and mountains captured the beauty that exists around us at all times, but especially during sunrises and sun sets. Well done.

“King of the Mountain” @blake.mcintyre

Thanks to our good friends at Mountain Hardwear for supplying this month’s prize – a very cool Rainshadow OutDry 26 backpack.


May Winner travisfromcanada

May’s Theme: Vertical – Photo by @travisfromcanada

Theme: Vertical
Winner: @travisfromcanada
Prize: ACC Icebreaker Throwback Tech T

@travisfromcanada took this month’s prize with this photo. Fighting against the elements is a full-time job when it comes to playing outside, and this picture captures that quality in the worst of it. We commend Travis’ dedication to route development as he works tirelessly through this snow storm. ACC members aren’t afraid of a little grey weather.

#scrubbin‘ some new routes on this steep stand-alone feature we found. Had to dig deep for the psyche to scrub in white out though.” @travisfromcanada

April Winner at.altitude

April’s Theme: Springtime – Photo by @at.altitude


Theme: Springtime
Winner: @at.altitude
Prize: ACC Icebreaker Tech Top

Congratulations to @at.altitude for a great shot of some early springtime dedication. What caught our attention was the colour contrast that the snow and mountains provided with the backdrop of Abraham Lake in the David Thompson Corridor east of Red Deer, Alberta. The spectrum of blue in the lake from the melt out of the lake really captures the beauty that is unique to glacier lakes, no matter their size. We applaud all our members zest for getting outside in the “shoulder” season. It goes to show that with some dedication, there’s always adventures to be had.

Ascending the final leg of the endless scree/snow gully on Abraham Mountain in the David Thompson wilderness.” @at.altitude

Enter Your Images


Photo by Heather Thompson

Entering the monthly contest is easy:

  1. Follow @alpineclubcan on Instagram
  2. Tag your mountain and outdoor photos taken in Canada’s forests (green), rock (grey) and snow/ice (white) with #alpineclubofcanada.
  3. That’s it, you’re entered. Watch our Instagram accounts for monthly winners

Why an Instagram contest?


Photo by Rick McKelvey

The ACC is a big club – or rather 22 clubs. Our 11,000 members and 22 sections from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland & Labrador to the Yukon are made up of passionate climbers, skiers and hikers. We’re all part of the same national club but we don’t see each other that much. GreenGreyWhite is our effort to connect our members, spread the word about the ACC to those that don’t know about us, and keep in touch a bit more with the cool outings that are going on in every corner of our country. We can’t wait to see what our members come up with.

The ACC’s GreenGreyWhite photo contest is about showing Canada, the world and our own members what it is to be a part of the ACC. It’s showcasing our pride in our activities and the awesome landscapes & people we have in Canada. It’s a walk in the park, it’s a summer crag day, it’s a glacier ski, it’s a mountaineer’s peak, it’s anything that makes you get outside, smile and enjoy the outdoors. It’s taking part in the forests (green), rock (grey) and snow/ice (white) that we have all across Canada. We think this will ultimately be about documenting our collective adventures, for all to enjoy.


What’s Green Grey and White all about?


The Green, Grey and White

Green, Grey and White are the colours of the shield on the ACC’s logo and represent the forests, rocks and snow/ice of the alpine environment where we recreate. These are the places our club has loved and skied, hiked and climbed in (as well as worked to protect) for 110 years. GreenGreyWhite celebrates our sports, our club and our connected passion across Canada from coast to coast to coast.

We’d like to engage every ACC member, every Canadian. We want you to share your pride of the ACC and your pride of the Canadian outdoors. Your job is to take photos of your Green Grey and White and submit them to our contest. Cool prizes, of course.



Does the rock have to be grey?

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Photo by Martin Le Roux

We’re not looking for an exact Pantone match of the ACC shield – these colours represent plants and rocks and snow in all their forms. Blue-streaked limestone? Black flecked Squamish granite? The purple quartzite of the Back of the Lake? They’re all rock to us.

And for that matter the greens can be as dark and wide as a boreal forest or as bright as the ferns by your favourite creek. And white? That’s steep ice, freshly blanketed ski trails and glaciers stretching to the horizon. And probably many others. Surprise us!




Contest means I can win stuff, right?

Right! We’ll be giving away a prize for our favourite image each month, and then starting over again with all of the photos submitted in the next month. What kind of prizes? Think ACC-branded Icebreaker shirts and sweaters, guide books and Canadian Alpine Journals and prizes from our wonderful corporate partners.

Each month’s winning image and runners up will also be shared on the @alpineclubcan Instagram accounts.


The fine print:

Photos must be the property of the photographer.

The Alpine Club has the right to post the winning photo on their website as a listed winner.

You don’t have to be a member of The Alpine Club of Canada to enter or to win a prize, but, really, why wouldn’t you be?