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Hey gang, just a quick update on where we are on the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Let’s look at the numbers first, cause they’re awesome!

(1) We had 24,338 walkers participate
(2) We had 1,068 walks organized around the world
(3) We have raised (so far), over $24,000+ for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya (which is more than double what we raised last year. This is a BIG awesome win!! Whoo Hoo!!!)

Thank you to all the leaders who gave their time and expertise; thanks to everybody who joined a walk, and of course a big thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt or donated to the Orphanage. What a blessing this will be for them (and for you, too!).

Now, some housekeeping stuff:

(1) The deadline to enter the main photo contest is…
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 Midnight EDT.

To enter your image (which must have been taken during the official walk), go to the WorldwidePhotoWalk official web site; log-in with your user name and password; then from the top right side of the menu bar select “Your Walk.” Then, on your walk page, go to the Contest Tab (as shown below), and click on the photo contest button (shown circled in red below).


Our contest this year is handled by the folks at ViewBug. They’ll ask you to create a free ViewBug account, and you can submit your one image to the photo competition there.




(2) The deadline for the Leader photo contest is…
…the same as above for the walkers (Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2016); go to the site; log-in with your user name and password, and from the Leader’s Dashboard, in the top menu click on “Photo Walk” and from the pop-down menu choose “Your Photo Walk.” Then click on the Contest tab, and you’ll see a button for “Enter Leader Contest” (as shown above).

That’s it for now. Lots more contests and fun coming up, including the “Video Contest” (with an awesome prize from Canon USA our awesome sponsor — more on this next week), plus the People’s Choice Awards, and the announcement of all the finalists and winners.

Hope you found that helpful. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for a very special guest blog/tribute to one of the true greats in our industry.




Greetings from the enchanting city of Venice, Italy (yup, I’m still here, but I head back home tomorrow). Here’s my awesome group of photographers, many of whom came from all over Europe to join us for a day of photos and fun (by the way — it was a bit foggy at the beginning of our route, but it never rained, and the fog burned off and it was a beautiful day all the way around!)

Group Shots From Around the World
One of the highlights for me each year, is seeing the group shots from around the world come pouring in — it’s such a treat to see all those smiling faces, from every part of the globe, having fun and enjoying one of the great joys of being a photographer, which is hanging out with other photographers and making new friends in the process.

Today, because I’m still in Venice, I’m doing a short post here, and I’ll be posting lots of groups shots on my Facebook page (here’s the link), so stop by there later today if you get a chance (I’ll be adding more as they come in).

So many wonderful things happened…
…lots of cool photos, lots of people meeting people, and lots of people helping those less fortunate by donating to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, which this photo walk has adopted. I’ll have lots more on the success of our fund-raising this year, but we easily beat last year’s donations, so that’s a BIG win. Thank you!

OK, off to wander the streets of Venice — a city I am more in love with today than ever, and now I have made some new friends here as well (more on that soon).

Here’s wishing you your best week this year (so far)!





It’s Worldwide Photo Walk day. Whoo Hoo!!! 
Greetings from beautiful Venice, Italy where I hosted a local walk today (with a really just wonderful group of photographers) as part of my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by Canon.

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from me and the crew:

1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2016
On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photowalk using the hashtag #WWPW2016 for your chance to win prizes during the day of photowalk.

2. Post your group shots here
One of my biggest thrills is  seeing the Group Shots from walks all over the world come in, so if you have yours, please send me the link or leave me a link here in the comments so I can share them.

3. Keep an eye out for an email from us on where to upload your images to share with your other walkers
Once the walk is completed, we will ALSO email all of you so you’re aware of how to upload a picture for the optional walk competition.

Here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!



P.S. Walk proud today knowing that we crushed last year’s $12,000 in donations for the Springs of Hope Orphanage. You guys really kicked in big time this year – I’ll have the preliminary numbers soon, but we passed the $12,000 mark well before the walk, so let’s celebrate that today. Everybody you see at the walk wearing one of the official Photo Walk T-shirts helped to make that happen. So did a ton of walkers made direction donations through our donation page. You guys did good. Real good! :)


It’s here!!! Tomorrow, in over a thousand cities around the world, my 9th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night nearly 20,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. How cool is that!!!!

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet: go here  right now – find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).

If you’re already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:

(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leader’s Video

If you’re leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leader’s Dashboard page on the Official Worldwide Photo Walk site and watch my video called my: “Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk.” There is some VERY important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk.

(2) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Remember to take a group shot before you head out for your walk (it’ll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Post them here, or post a link to them here, and I’ll post ’em on my blog next week and over on my Facebook page at

(3) This is The Gear I’m Taking on My Photo Walk
I’m going with a Canon 5D Mark IV body with just one lens; a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. I’ll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and a Lexar 32GB 1000X CF card.

(4) Don’t Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy. Don’t forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).

(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure you’ve got an empty memory card and a back-up.

(6) Brings LOTS of water (and drink lots of water!)
This is key! You don’t want to dehydrate on your walk – you want to have 100% fun the whole time, so make sure you drink plenty of water before the walk, and during the walk – it makes a big difference in your enjoyment of the walk, and your safety and well being.

(7) The Most Important Thing Is… That You All Stay Safe
Look out for each other on the walk.
 Don’t go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Don’t get distracted by shooting – you don’t want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.

A special thanks to Canon, the official Photo Walk sponsor, who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest portion of the walk this year) and to all our wonderful sponsors who made all of this happen, and to all the dedicated photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.

Also, a very special thanks our Walk Leader Coordinator this year, Jeanne Jilleba, she did an absolutely outstanding job from start to finish.

My humble thanks to you all for being a part of this historic photography event. Can’t wait to see your shots!!!!!!

All my best,


P.S. This would be a great time to rewatch those short Worldwide Photo Walk camera tips and videos we created just for you with tips on getting your best photo walk pics yet! Check your email for the link from us. 

It’s so, so close. Time to spread the word – rally the troops – let all your photographer friends know, there’s still time to come join us, and have a really wonderful photo-making time. Here’s the link to give them to find a photo walk in an area near them:


MPORTANT: We’ve created a series of six videos packed with camera tips and photo tips just for folks who are registered for my Photo Walk this Saturday. If you’re registered, keep an eye out for an email from me (that looks like the graphic above), and the sender is “Worldwide Photo Walk” (if you don’t have it, check your junk mail).

Anyway, we wanted to do these videos this year to help folks get their best photo walks images yet, and we hope you find it helpful.

OK, I’ll be back tomorrow with some last minute tips to help make your walk a safe and successful one, so make sure you check back here then.

All my best,


A guy in Italy. Whoo hoo!!!



If you haven’t signed up – it’s not too late! Don’t read about all the fun everybody had – come and be a part of it.

Here’s where you sign up (it’s free):

Can’t walk? Don’t have a walk near you? Still want to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya? Awesome! Here’s the link that takes you directly to the donation page (hosted by We’re trying to hit our goal of raising $35,000 for the orphanage (we’re already ahead of last year, which is just fantastic, and with your help, we’ll get there!). Every single dollar helps. Again, here’s the link to donate.

That’s it for today. I’m probably in Italy by now, and looking forward to meeting all the great folks here in just a few days, but for now, I’m off to the Dolomites Mountains (another place I’ve dreamed of visiting). I’m so excited I could just burst!!! :)



P.S. Could you please share this post with your friends and fellow photographers. We want as many people as possible to have a chance to participate in these photo walks. Much appreciated! :)