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Although yesterday I announced the winner and Honorable Mentions, today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although they didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running, and I felt they were so great that they deserved recognition as well.

I think these images, and the one’s you saw yesterday, are actually even better than they first appear because:

  • The photographers weren’t able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
  • Or the time of day (also chosen for them).
  • They had to shoot in whatever lighting conditions at that time
  • They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) to shoot in better light.
  • They were only able to shoot for two hours.

Compare that to most any other photo competition, where the photographers can choose any photo from your photo library, or any photo taken in the past year, etc., but in this case, the photographers hands were really tied.

Yet they came away with images that are totally inspiring and very creative. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images all the more amazing.

You and I could both make the case that any of these shots could have been one of the top 10 official Honorable Mentions, or even the Grand Prize winner which is what made the final picks so incredibly hard, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision. It’s harder than it looks.

Before we get to seeing some images, there were some recurring themes in the types of photos that where picked by local winners, and went into judging to become finalists. For example, there were:

  • Lots of shots of fountains
  • Lots of shots of shadows
  • Lots of shots of reflections (in glass and in water)
  • Lots of split toned shots
  • Lots of shots of frogs.
  • Lots of shots of insects
  • Lots of shots with bicycles in them
  • Lots of church interiors
  • Lots of shots of statues and art
  • Lots of shots of shoes

There was also a lot more nicely done post processing this year. The consistency of the post has gone way up, which is great. However, there were some shots that would have been so much better with just a simple Levels adjustment (just for fun, when I saw one, I would make a screen capture, paste it into a new document in Photoshop, and then I would fix the photo. None of those won, but it was fun to see how much better they looked when I ran across one that needed a tonal fix. I can’t help it. It’s the Photoshop freak in me).

One more thing—-Give Adorama Some Love
I want to once again thank our Platinum Sponsor Adorama Camera (the Grand Prize winner snagged a $1,000 Adorama Gift Card, courtesy of Adorama). Their support made this whole thing happen, so if you’re thinking of buying some camera gear, please check with them first by clicking right here (and NAPP members have a dedicated phone number to call for special deals. Check out the NAPP member discount page for details). My personal thanks to Jeff Snyder and the whole team at Adorama who were behind this year’s event from the very beginning.

The images that follow are my other favorites that didn’t make their way into the prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:


Best Macro Shot
Photo by: Magnar Myrtveit (Bergen, Hordlaland Norway)


Best Simple Composition
Photo by: Giselle Seibel (Blumenau, SC Brasil)


Best Shot of a Boy Who Needs To Go Potty
Photo by: Andrzej Kudlewski (Blalystok, Podlaskie Polska)


Best Tonal Effect
Photo by: Johan Ustin Sisno (Cebu City, Central Visayas Phillippines)


Best Use of Background
Photo by: Aude Chenu (Chengdu, Sichuan China)


Best Shot From Above
Photo by: Thomas Klefhaber (Cincinnati, Ohio USA)


Best B&W / Infrared
Photo by: Michael Whalen (Costa Mesa, California USA)


Best Shot in the Rain
Photo by: Fred Mancosu (Bern, BE Switzerland)


Best Use Of Lines
Photo by: Carme Frigola (Barcelona, Spain)


Best Editorial Looking Shot
Photo by: James Bautista (Davao City, Davao Region Philippines)


Best Shot That Would Make a Great Stock Photo
Photo by: Andrea Willmore (Western Cape South Africa)


Best Everyday Object Shot
Photo by: Tamara Stecyk (Edmonton, AB Canada)


Best Shot of an Adorable Little Girl
Photo by: Eline den Hond (Eindhoven, Hoord-Brabant Nederland)


Best HDR Shot Needs a Shadows Levels Adjustment & Some Desaturation
Photo by: Verne Snow (Fort Myers Beach, Florida USA)


Best “Cool Guy With Hat” Shot
Photo by: Jamie Leonhard (Granada, AL Spain)


Best Clever Composition That Creates a Message
Photo by: Nick Man (Hong Kong, China)


Best Shot Downtown at Night
Photo by: Tommy Lyles (Houston, Texas USA)


Best Shot So Good It Looks Like It Was Set Up
Photo by: Patricia Stalter (Los Almos, California, USA)


Best B&W With One Part Color Shot That I Normally Wouldn’t Like, But Here I Really Like It
Photo by: James Love (Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK)

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Best Shot That Made Me Wish I Was At Their Photo Walk
Photo by: Jacques Pontbriand (Montréal, QC Canada)


Best Aged Toning Effect
Photo by: Ian Goring (Oakville, ON Canada)


Best Panning Shot
Photo by: Sabapathee Krisnamoorthee (Port Louis, Port Louis Mauritius)


Best Church Interior Composition & Post Production
Photo by: Okan Guney (Reading, England UK)


Best High Key Shot
Photo by: Stephanie Luke (Redding, California USA)


Best Waterfall with HDR
Photo by: Rick Holliday (Roswell, Georgia USA)


Best “How’d You Get So Lucky To Have a Hummingbird Fly Up” Shot
Photo by: Pam Borrelli (San Francisco, California USA)


Best Almost Fantasy-Looking Place Shot
Photo by: Dieter Schaefer (Santa Barbara, California USA)


Best Shot That I Really Wish Was In Focus
Photo by: Laylaa Ali (St. Clair, St. George Trinidad & Tobago)


Best Color and Composition Contrast
Photo by:VJ Francisco (Tanay, Calabrazon Phillippines)


Best “Why Didn’t I Hold My Photo Walk There?” Shot
Photo by: Daron Shade (Tucson, Arizona USA)


Best Shot of Windows
Photo by: Dennis Behm (Weatherford, Texas USA)


Best Lighting on a Frog. Ever.
Photo by: Paul McLeod (Caledon, ON Canada)

My sincere congratulations to every one who entered the contest (it does take guts), and especially to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition.


Wow—narrowing it down to the winners this year was harder than last year, by a long shot.

Last year, we had some real standouts that you knew the first time you saw them, they were going to be finalists. This year, the shooting and post processing both went up a big notch, and I could have easily made the case for 50 or more honorable mentions, but sadly I could only choose 10, and one Grand Prize winner.

I saw so many great shots, and really struggled between a number of images (some of which you’ll see tomorrow in my special mentions post), but I can tell you this—judging from over 1,000 shots that already won a prize (each won the best shot pick from their local walk, as chosen by the walk leader), made it really, really tough.

But, I won’t keep you waiting any longer; let’s get to the winners and we’ll talk in a few moments.

Here are the 10 Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):


By Muhammad Owais Khan (Karachi, Sindh Pakistan Photo Walk)
I love the color, the texture, and the post processing, along with the low angle composition and the very shallow depth of field. There’s a story here, and while it looks like they’re lining up for a race, more likely it’s a line of taxis, but whatever it is—I just love this shot!


By Ron Buskirk (Tarpon Springs, Florida USA Photo Walk)
First, I want to mention that this was taken in Tarpon Springs, where I led my walk, but this shot isn’t from my walk—it was from another Tarpon Springs walk later in the day. I had chosen it without ever knowing it was from Tarpon Springs, because I can tell you I surely didn’t see that boat, and we didn’t have that beautiful light. It’s the light and color that drew me to this instantly. Nice composition, and wonderful color. I love the way the reflection in the water looks like a watercolor painting.


By Ivan Villa (Albany, California Photo Walk)
This is such a powerful image. The backlit wonderful light, really low perspective, and great story-telling composition make this one of my very favorite photos. The color is just fantastic, the sky is awesome, this is just an incredible shot from top to bottom, and perfectly executed. Wish I had taken it.


By Minella Rivera (City of Malolos, Central Luzon, Phillipines Photo Walk)
I liked this one the first time I saw it. It’s so simple, but it makes you want to smile. I loved the way the photographer composed the shot, and the clouds are great, the grass is great, and it totally captured a moment in time. Nicely done.

Reflection of Appartment

By Nilesh Bhange (Indore, Madhya Pradesh India Photo Walk)
There were a lot of reflection shots in the competition, but none like this. It’s not just the part that’s reflecting that makes this shot—it’s that the photographer chose to include non reflecting areas, and the two together make for such an interesting shot. I could see this framed, huge, in the lobby of a new skyscraper. Just wonderful all the way around. A very cool shot!


By Thierry Reboton (Paris, France Photo Walk)
It’s hard to come up with a fresh photo with the Eiffel Tower in it, but this photographer did just that. As soon as it appeared on my screen, I had to just stare at it. It’s such a moody shot, with dramatic clouds and great composition. The post processing fits the mood of the photo. Very cool perspective, and a really good eye make this one a wonderful image.


By Beverly Eccles (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Photo Walk)
I love the simplicity of this shot. It’s a still life that has a lot of movement, and it’s a great story telling shot. I love the angle the photographer took the shot from, and I love the way the red color jumps out at you. The shot has a lot of texture, and I just found myself coming back to it again and again.


By Arkadiusz Klimczak (Rybnik, Slaskie Polska Photo Walk)
The post processing on this shot rocks. The color and post makes this photo such a fascinating shot. The warm tones he used really made this come together, and while there were lots of shots of little back alleys, this one’s post just took it up to that next level. Nicely done.


By Thomas Münter (Bonn, NRW Germany Photo Walk)
I don’t even know what this is, but I love it. It looks HDR’d to me, but it’s HDR toning done right, and it really adds to an already interesting photo. It’s the kind of photo that makes you wonder where it is, what those cones are for, and how can I get there to shoot them. My favorite HDR shot of the competition.


By Adrian Gunawan (Jakarta Capital Region, Indonesia)
The light in this shot is just amazing. I love the light on the far left side—like they’re looking at a laptop you can’t see, but nothing about this shot says “hi tech.” It’s a great story telling shot, and the way everyone is positioned in the shot is just so awesome. This wasn’t an easy shot to expose for, but the photographer nailed it, and the composition, and the light, and made a very memorable image. Way to go!


The Gull and the Raven

By Rhys Lewis (South Wharf, VIC Australia)
I knew this would be a finalist the first time I saw it. The tone is amazing, the timing—impeccable. The shadow of the bird, and the way it’s reflected almost makes it look like it’s a different bird altogether. The post processing is great, the composition is on the money, I just absolutely love everything about it. I wish I had taken it, and this is the kind of photographic art I would pay for and hang on my wall. Just an awesome shot!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tomorrow I’m posting a series of other images that, while they didn’t win a prize, are so good that I felt that needed special recognition. So check back tomorrow to see some other amazing shots from my Third Annual World Wide Photo Walk. :-)

A special thanks to all our sponsors for their gracious support and prizes; to our Walk Leaders who did such an outstanding job giving of their time and talents, and to the wonderful photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work.

Hi Gang: I wanted to share some World Wide Photo Walk group shots from around the world, but first, you’ve gotta check out this video, shot during Saturday’s Photo Walk in Munich, Germany. It was shot with a Canon 7D, and the quality of video, quality of camera work, and editing is just really fantastic. I was so impressed!!!!

Anyway, watch this video first, and then take a look at some of these wonderful group shots from all over. Seeing these group shots is one of my favorite parts of all of this, and I hope you enjoy them, too.

Munich, Germany

Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp, Belgium

Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane, Australia

Buffalo - Annie Levaysm
Buffalo, New York, USA

Cape Town SAsm
Cape Town, South Africa

Chesapeake City,MD - Wayne Camlinsm
Chesapeake City, Maryland, USA

Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Cold Spring, New York, USA

Columbia, SC
Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Cumberland,MD - Bill Merlavagesm
Cumberland, Maryland, USA

Daggett, California
Daggett, California, USA

Danbury CT - Tom Petersonsm
Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Englewood, NJ
Englewood, New Jersey, USA

Faded and Blurred, California
Faded and Blurred Group in Southern California, USA

Fairhope, Alabamasm
Fairhope, Alabama, USA

Fells Point,MD - Stacie Morrissm
Fells Point, Maryland, USA

Fredericton NB, Canada - Aaron Cushingsm
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Ft Wayne, IN - Rick Stemmlersm
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Geelong Waterfront, Australiasm
Geelong Waterfront, Australia

Greenport, NY - RichardPsm
Greenport, New York, USA

Greensboro NC (Bicentennial Gardens - Evan Brennansm
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Johnstown, Ohio
Johnstown, New York, USA

Juarez, Mexico
Juarez, Mexico

Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

2010 Kissimme Photowalkers
Kissimmee, Florida, USA

LA (Little Tokyo) - Frank Wisesm
Los Angeles, California, USA

Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado, USA

Manteo, NC - Matt Gibsonsm
Manteo, North Carolina, USA

Melaka (Downtown) Malaysia - Neoh Soon Huengsm
Downtown Melaka, Malaysia

Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina

Northport, New York
Northpoint, New York, USA

Omaha - Gary Prillsm
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Ottowa (The Market) - Justin Van Leeuwensm
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

Peoria, IL
Peoria, Illinois, USA

Portland (Oaks Park) - Laurie Excellsm
Portland, Oregon, USA

Providence, RI - Mark Davissm
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Rybnik, Polandsm
Rybnik, Poland

Salmon, Idaho - Jerry Slaglesm
Salmon, Idaho, USA

Salt Lake City (City Creek Park) - Nicole Youngsm
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Samford, Florida, USA

San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk S?o Paulo [2010]
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Slovakia - Edmund Orzsiksm
Dunajská Streda, Trnavský kraj, Slovakia

South Lake Tahoe, CA - Jim Stamatessm
South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

Spartanburg, SC - Ken Toneysm
Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Staten Island, New York
Staten Island, New York, USA

Tallahassee 2010 Photowalk Group
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Foto de grupo
Tarragona, CT, Spain

Tokyo, Japan

Washington, DC, USA

Windsor UK - Glyn Dewissm
Windsor, United Kingdom


Another amazing walk is in the record books. Over one thousands cities around the world coming together as one big community to share our passion for photography and people. What an incredibly fun day!

I still am amazed after I return from leading my walk (this year, in Tarpon Springs, Florida at their famous Sponge Docks, part of a wonderful Greek community that has blossomed in the Tarpon Springs area), when I sit back and watch all the reports and photos coming in from every part of the world. It just simply boggles my mind, and puts a huge smile on my face to know that we all shared in something really special on Saturday. Millions of photos were made that day that never would have been made, and lots of new friends were made along the way, which is what it’s really all about. (Photo below, taken during the walk, by Jose Ramos).


Catch My Free Online Class Just For Photo Walk Participants
I’m doing a FREE online class about photography and my Lightroom 3 editing workflow, and everyone that participated in the walk is invited (look for the details in your email by tomorrow).

Don’t worry; if you can’t make the workshop at 10:00 am, we’ll repost the entire session for free so you can watch it when you want (but we’ll be taking your questions live during the live webcast).


Here are some of the shots (above) I took during the walk, and I’ll be going over my editing of those very images during the Webcast on Wednesday. Hope you can make it.

This, I Didn’t See Coming
I was blessed with a really great group of people, and the heat didn’t totally kill us because we had a decent cloud cover most of the time. The people of Tarpon Springs couldn’t have been more accommodating—leading us to points of interest, posing for us, inviting us in their historical buildings and shops to take photos—-it really was a wonderful experience. But this, I didn’t see coming.


Yup, that’s about a 10 foot Albino Boa Constrictor snake my photo walkers are photographing above. There was a small aquarium near the end of my walk route, and one of the snake handlers at the aquarium had this puppy outside in the back parking lot sunning himself, and he invited us to take some shots.


Here he is again (above), thinking he’s found a mate in a coiled up water hose.


Here’s one of my walkers above using a Gorilla Pod rig to shoot some HDR shots during the walk. The area we shot in had lots of rusty old boats, and old buildings and such, so it was an HDR shooter’s paradise.


I have no idea what she was shooting (above), but it must have been worth it. Maybe it was a baby Albino snake. ;-)


That’s one of our many tables at the incredible Hellas Greek Restaurant, our walk ending spot, where we had authentic Greek food that totally rocked! (photo above by Jose Ramos).

Send Me Your Group Shots and Video Links
Tomorrow I’ll be posting group shots and videos from all around the world, so if you haven’t already sent me your group shot (or video link), just post it here on the blog, and I’ll download the image and post it tomorrow.

Link to the Group flickr Pool
Want to see some of the amazing photos pouring in from all over the world—check out the flickr group pool right here. (Also, if you were a part of walk, don’t forget to post some of your shots to your local flickr group page). :)

On Twitter search for Hashtag #WWPW
It’s wild to see all the comments posted during live photo walks from every corner of the globe.

  • My thanks to everyone who attended my walk in Tarpon Springs, and who participated in other walks around the world. I really had a lot of fun, and I hope you did, too!
  • A big, big thanks to all the volunteers who organized and led walks around the world (We couldn’t have done it without you). A special thanks to the walk leaders in China (last year, we didn’t have a single walk in China).
  • Also, a thanks to my book Publisher Peachpit Press, for their major support of this event, also to Adorama, our Platinum Sponsor, and to all the sponsors who pitched in to make this a very special day for photographers around the globe.

Hey, whatdayasay we do another one next year? ;-)