I took over the C&K Instagram account a little over a year ago, and in that time have seen some truly amazing photography. Instagram has given me a great outlet for sharing my favorite paddling shots with our growing audience. As I say thank you to our supporters who helped us reach 10,000 followers this week, I wanted to share ten of my favorites from the last year. -Aaron Schmidt, Canoe & Kayak‘s Photo Editor

Photo by Tomasz Furmanek @tfbergen

Photo by Tomasz Furmanek @tfbergen

Tomasz Furmanek has been wowing social media audiences for quite awhile with his classic POV bow shots of scenic Norway. We were so impressed by Furmanek’s work that we selected one of his shots as the cover for our December 2014 issue. I particularly like this photo as it shows a more dynamic action moment paddling through rough seas. Give @tfbergen a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Photo by Daniel Fox @thewildimage

Photo by Daniel Fox @thewildimage

It’s got whales! ’nuff said! Actually, Daniel Fox is great nature and paddling photographer, often heading out into the wild for months on end completely solo. Daniel is a regular contributor to C&K and recently provided a great piece on photography from kayaks.

Photo by @clintergalactic

Photo by Clinton Begley @clintergalactic

Not all our Instagram shares are from super scenic places or heaving waterfalls. I still think back to this one from paddler @clintergalactic as being oh-so classic.

Photo by Timothy Irvin @timothy.irvin

Photo by Timothy Irvin @timothy.irvin

Morning mist at sunrise. It’s all about the light.. and the paddling… and the moment.

Photo by Pedro Oliva @pedroolivakaiak

Photo by Pedro Oliva @pedrolivakaiak

Social media has given adventure paddlers new ways to get their stories out there. Take the audacious exploits of Pedro Oliva (@pedrolivakaiak) Chris Korbulic (@ckorbulic) Benny Marr (@bennymrr) and Ben Stookesberry (@redonkulous2u) as they globe-trotted from the Canadian Torngat Mountains to the South Pacific filming and posting all along the way.

Photo by Nick Troutman @nicktroutmankayak

Photo by Nick Troutman @nicktroutmankayak

When style meets technology. @nicktroutmankayak throwing a switch freewheel. After posting this photo, Nick wrote a piece for us explaining how to do this trick in 5 “easy” steps. See more great radness from fellow @gopro athletes @rushsturges and @rafaortiz.

Photo by Chris Burkard @chrisburkard

Photo by Chris Burkard @chrisburkard

It would be hard to find one single photographer more instrumental in creating that iconic ‘insta’ look of the small figure in a large landscape than Chris Burkard. We are consistently impressed by Chris’s drive to capture the best combination of nature and inspirational adventure that he recently won his second cover with C&K. Chris also just hit his 1 million follower mark on Instagram. Congratulations indeed.

Photo by Frederick Marmsater @fmarmsaterphoto

Photo by Frederick Marmsater @fmarmsaterphoto

Lets be honest, we often paddle to escape into nature. Here is a glimpse of where we all want to be from regular C&K contributor Frederick Marmsater (@fmarmsaterphoto)

Photo by John Rathwell @johnrathwell

Photo by John Rathwell @johnrathwell

We use social media to provide live coverage from paddling events across the world. Kudos to John Rathwell (@johnrathwell) for staking out that special spot to grab these great portraits of the athletes emerging victorious from their heats at the 2015 ICF Freestyle World Championships in Canada. John is a regular photographer with C&K and has recently launched his one-year drive across N.America with Courteny Sinclair(@courtsinclair) as they search for stories of happiness in outdoor adventure. Follow them at @searchingforsero

Photo by David Jackson @davidjackson__

Photo by David Jackson @davidjackson__

The drive home. One of my faves from Canadian shooter and C&K allstar David Jackson (@davidjackson__) (That’s 2 underscores folks :)

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