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The Walk Leader competition is always one of the hardest to judge because there are so many great entries from so many talented leaders, and this year there were such really wonderful entries, that it made my job a whole lot tougher for sure.

Although there’s only one winner, I felt there were some images that were so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, they still deserved some recognition, so I’m displaying those first, then we’ll reveal our winner.

Without further ado, I present our 10 Walk Leader Competition honorable mentions (in no particular order):

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Leader / Photographer: Bart Baylon
Photo Walk: Pastrana Park, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Cheryl Hoffman
Photo Walk: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Leader / Photographer: Sandip De
Photo Walk: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Leader / Photographer: Matthew Armsby
Photo Walk: Windsor, England

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Leader / Photographer: Hany Fouad
Photo Walk: Suez, Egypt

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Leader / Photographer: Allan Pinedo
Photo Walk: Malecon de Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

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Leader / Photographer: Christiani Berer 
Photo Walk:
Graz, Austria

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Leader / Photographer: Paul Gotiong
Photo Walk: Pasil Fish Market, Cebu, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Rachel Bilodeau
Photo Walk: Montréal, Canada

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Leader / Photographer: Gustavo Barrios Ramirez
Photo Walk: Xalapa, Mexico

AND NOW…FOR THE 2016 LEADER COMPETITION WINNER!
When the images are this good, any one of these above easily could have been chosen as the winning image, but I could only pick one, and I think it’s an awesome image, so please join in congratulating our 2016 Walk Leader Competition Winner:

during the 2016 NFL Season in a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Leader / Photographer: Mohammed Saeid
Photo Walk: Cairo, Egypt

Comment: This shot is wonderfully composed, and I love the low angle; the texture; and the man and child on the left, but what I think really makes this image special is how all the colors work together — the warm tones outside and then that fantastic blue inside the shop, and that splash of orange to the right of the man — it all works so perfectly. Add in the perfect placement of that foreground chair and it takes it right over the top for me. Really a well-crafted image.

Mohammed will receive a Westcott Ice Light with Barn Doors; a $200 Gift Card from B&H Photo; a Drobo 5Dt (Turbo) Hard drive array; and a $50 Lensprotogo.com Gift Certificate for winning this year’s Leader Competition.

Congratulations to all the Photo Walk Leaders Competition honorees and our winner!

All my best,

-Scott

Ana Andres-Arroyo, from the Southbank, London Photo Walk received the most votes for her wonderful image (below):

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For having her image chosen as People’s Choice winner, Ana will receive:

> A $250 Gift Certificate to B&H Photo
> An Apple TV
> A 1-year membership to KelbyOne Online Training
> The Exposure X2 Bundle From Alien Skin Software
> Tether Tools Case Relay Power System

Congratulations to Ana for this great capture (that reflection is awesome!), and thanks to everybody who voted in the official “People’s Choice” voting this year. :-)

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We still have the Photo Walk Leader’s Competition winner announcement coming on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend everybody — here’s wishing you one with lots of great images.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My wife Kalebra and I are collaborating on a new personal photo project, and we have our first location shoot in the series on Monday. Very excited to tell you more about it next week. :) 

Picking the winners — it’s one of the toughest things I do
…and this was among the hardest ever, because the entries were just so strong this year. It’s why I’m posting the winners so late today — I’ve struggled all day with picking the right one.

I didn’t want to be swayed simply because an image was taken in an exotic location or somewhere I’ve never been, or never seen — I wanted to pick a photo, simple composition or not, easy to capture or not, post processed  brilliantly or not — that is simply special. Maybe it’s the right light, expression or mood, or story or a combination — I searched for whatever that certain something is that makes me come back to it again and again — and  I want to give every image fair and open-minded consideration.

Each image I considered was already chosen as a “winner” by the walk leaders, from over 1,000 walks all around the world. Narrowing it down to just 10-finalists and one Grand Prize Winner — it’s just so hard, and you second and third-guess your choices along the way because you want to give every image a fair shake.

You could easily make a case for hundreds of images to be chosen as finalists, but you only get to choose 10, and one Grand Prize winner, and you finally just have to make a choice, and that’s what I’ve done today.

Even though this round of judging is over …
We still have our People’s Choice Award coming and we have a Leader’s Competition, and I always list my ‘Honorable Mentions’ (images that are so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, still deserve recognition). So, while this is the official announcement of the Top-10 Finalists and the Grand Prize winner, the competition phase still has a few more components left.

Now, let’s reveal this year’s Top 10 Finalists (in no particular order):

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By Fatemeh Rowshan (Mashhad, Iran)
There’s so much more going on there than you see at first glance. Everything in this image — all the graphical elements — they all work together so beautifully. The round shapes up top, and the triangles below, placing the gentleman in the valley between them — in all that white space — it’s just so graphically pleasing. The color of the sifter, and then his purple shirt and coat (why is he wearing a dress shirt and sports coat in this environment — it’s beautifully out-of-place), and then the green pyramids on either side of him — I just love it.

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By Joonas Radland (Turku, Finland Photo Walk)
I love shots where you just want to know what the story is. Take that, and add interesting light, and now I’m really intrigued and that’s how this shot wound up there. What’s going on in that room to the left? Who are those people? Are they in court? Is it a funeral? A museum perhaps? Who is she texting? I so want to know the rest of the story.

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By Ashwin Chathuruthy (Lambertville, New Jersey, USA Photo Walk)
A lot of folks submitted photos of cute kids, cats and puppies, and this shot of course has a very cute kid, but there’s so much else going on here than just that. The colors are just too perfect — the red and yellow with the green in his sleeve, and his blue eyes, and the super soft-light on his face, and his expression, and the leading lines, and…it’s just a wonderful picture. I’m glad I saw it.

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By Cindy Nielson (Tooele, Utah USA Photo Walk)
Take dramatic clouds, add beautiful color — mountains like an island in the distance and add a wonderful reflection and it adds up to a breathtaking photo. It makes you want to be there, and I think that’s quite a compliment for any image. Nicely done, indeed.

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By Kellie Carey (Georgetown, Kentucky, USA Photo Walk)
The color and composition caught me right away on this shot, and I think the post-processing is spot on. The sun is perfectly placed in the scene and the shadows it casts, and the way it falls makes it almost look like a painting.

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Ana Goncalo (Covilha, Portugal Photo Walk)
This one stopped me immediately with its arresting colors and wonderful composition. The photographer took something so simple and really made it interesting with their sharp angle of attack. Also, the way the window on the left is cracked open — it’s so subtle, but it adds that little extra something. In the end though, it’s the contrast of colors and their bright pop (and those extra bright shingles near the top). Really a cool shot. Wish I’d taken it.

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By Gremaud Thomas (Johannasburg, South Africa Photo Walk)
The light here is just so awesome, and the black-and-white treatment works so well with this picture that you can’t even imagine it in color, and you wouldn’t want to. It may well be up for “Leading lines photos of the year” but it’s much more than that — this is really an image about graphic shapes and light, and it’s beautifully executed. My hat’s off to the photographer.

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By Juan Francisco Mananares (Montreal, Canada Photo Walk)
I would have been tempted to rent a white Rolls Royce and just have it pull up in front of this amazing cathedral so I could make a picture like this. It’s so moody (great post processing), and the way the automobile stands out from the background is just too perfect — like something straight out of a movie. That’s how it feels to me — like the viewer stumbled upon a classic movie scene. That’s quite a compliment.

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By Don Johnson (Boise, Idaho USA Photo Walk)
I generally don’t go for the wild artsy stuff, but there’s just something about this particular shot that I just love. It’s a bit crazy, but not too over-the-top, and I really love the way the curvy lines all work with each other. It’s like the artist showed a certain amount of restraint with the effect — they could have taken it way too far, but stopped in a place that helped a certain amount of realism where it goes between photography and painting. Of course, the whole thing could be a reflection in some other object, in which case, I’m even more impressed, but no matter how the artist got here, there’s something here.

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Mac Oliver Lingat ( Pampanga, Philippines Photo Walk)
I know you may think this type of shot is “done to death” because there’s always a number of shots submitted, and in the running each year that have this dark, smokey, Blade Runner-esque kind of look, but there’s more to this one. I want to know what’s going on, why is there smoke coming in (is somebody running a smoke machine out there?), and I want to know what the numbers mean on the far right, and I just want to know more, and I think that says a lot for the image.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is…

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Lisa Jones (Dallas, Texas USA Photo Walk)
There’s just so many wonderful things going on in what appears to be such a simple photo. From the light, the texture, the contrast in colors — everything just works together, but what I think makes this image so great is the oval shape of the flying dough against this backdrop. Everything in this image is a rectangle — even our subject here in black — it’s all rectangles, from the bricks to the light switches, to the table, to the straight lines of the electrical conduit — then you have this flying oval and that makes this such a captivating moment. It’s just too perfect. Look at the light falling on the flying dough itself. Then, the way the photographer gave room for the dough to move above the dough itself (instead of cropping it too closely) — just very well composed and wonderful timing on the photographer’s part. Add in the “Dallas” tattoo on his arm, and the dough on his apron, and the way the brick wall just happened to turn dark near the top making the dough stand out against it — it’s a very strong image  — one I kept coming back to again and again, and if something keeps drawing you in, there must be a reason.

Congratulations, Lisa — You are our 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Grand Prize Winner! 

Thanks to Canon USA and all our sponsors
A special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Canon USA, (who gave us some amazing Canon prizes, and helped us launch our new video category) and to Adobe Systems, Peachpit Press, Tamron, and B&H Photo — thanks for all your support this year and for offering such awesome prizes to our winners. We are very grateful.

Thanks to our Walk Leaders
It’s a lot of work, and a thankless job, so let me be the first to say “thanks.” We couldn’t do any of this without our volunteer walk leaders around the world, who do such a great job of creating the walk; working with the walkers, and making the whole thing happen on the local level, and that means a lot.

A personal thanks and shoutout to this year’s awesome Leader coordinator, our own Jeanne Jilleba, who totally kicked butt keeping the communication flowing and things moving in a 1,000+ cities around the world. Thanks Jeanne!

Lastly, thanks to all the talented photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work, and a special thanks to those of you who contributed to the Springs of Hope Orphanage — it means more than you know.

P.S. We still have the unveiling of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but are so good that I felt they needed special recognition), so make sure you stop by tomorrow for that. Don’t forget: Although this phase is over, we still have the People’s Choice Award to pick, and a special competition for our Walk Leaders, so there’s more to come. :)

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Happy Monday, everybody! It’s Worldwide Photo Walk winners week, and here’s our schedule:

Today: Our new Video Category (for video taken during the photo walk).
Tomorrow: The Finalists and Grand Prize Overall Winner of the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk
Friday: The People’s Choice Award Winner
Next Monday: The Photo Walk Leaders Competition

This is the first year we’ve added this new “Video shot during the photo walk” category, and Canon USA (our sponsor) was gracious enough to make a pretty amazing prize available for the winner of this new category. The Video Category winner receives:

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The Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above). The  kit includes the new Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens;Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.). High-five to Rob Altman of Canon USA for his vision, support, and for helping us launch this new category in such a meaningful way — Canon has been an absolutely AWESOME sponsor!!! 

OK, let’s get right to it — we’ll start with the winner, and then I’m going to share a few other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, I thought they deserved some attention.

AND THE WINNER IS…RICHIE REYNAN  TAN for his video “Camaraderie” 

Congratulations to Richie Reynan Tan — that looks like an awesome photo walk! :)

Other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, still deserve a mention:

This one is from Christopher Arnold from Stuart, Florida

This one was just so cute! Susie Lee with her video: “Her First Roll of Film.”

From Adam Carter with this video Out Photo Walking 2016. I like this guy (you have to stick with this one — it gets stronger as it goes)

From the Gamcheon Cultural Village PhotoWalk, South Korea Photo Walk, by Carlos Vasquez. It just looks like a fun time! (and isn’t fun just the best thing to have?)

I liked this one from Egypt by Kahled AboBakr— they look like a great group of photographers. :)

OK, last one: This is from the Ft. Worth, Texas Stockyards by Brandi Korte (I actually did a photo walk there once as part of a conference I was speaking at). Great area for a photo walk.

Thanks for letting me share all of these with you; congrats once again to our prize winner Reynan, and a big, big thanks to the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Official Sponsor, Canon USA, for making this new video category a reality. :)

See you tomorrow for the big reveal of the 10 Finalists and the overall Grand Prize Winner! Somebody’s getting an amazing camera! :)

All my best,

-Scott

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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).

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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.


 

WALK LEADER PHOTO CONTEST

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(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.

Best,

-Scott

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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)!

Ciao!

-Scott

 

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