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Hey, whattayadoing this weekend? Want to join around 20,000+ photographers around the world having fun, making friends, and taking millions of pictures?

We’re just 5 days (it’s this Saturday) so come join in at the official site – it’s free, you’ve got a chance at some amazing prizes, and you’ll just have a ton of fun.

I’m off to Australia to lead a local walk in Sydney – my first time ever in Australia, and I’m really excited. I’ll be posting images to my Instagram account – I hope you’ll follow me there.

See you tomorrow for a Photo Walk update! :)


P.S. If you’re signed up for the walk, make sure you check your email for an email from me with more tips on how to get awesome images on your walk (it’s the 5th in my series created just for photo walkers). 

This is getting exciting! Here’s a quick update one week (and a day) out:

(1) We now have nearly 1,000 photo walks organized around the world
All the walks are now in place, as the deadline for creating new walks has passed, so now it’s just about finding a walk near you (and can you help us spread the word to your photography friends?). Here’s the link to the official photo walk page — see if there’s a walk near you and join us on Saturday, October 3rd for an experience you’ll never forget. [the photo above is from my Rome walk two years ago].

(2) We have awesome prizes for the optional photo contest portion!
Check out this link to see what all the prizes, but the grand prize winner picks up a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a Canon Pixma Pro 1 Printer, a 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet, and much more! 10 Finalists will get awesome prizes, too!


We are now just 11-days away from my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™. We’re getting close to 950 photo walks already organized in cities all over the world, which is awesome. We’ll have a lot of fun, we’ll make lots of great pictures, and we’ll make a lot of new friends in the process. This is all great, but we’re also trying to do something much more meaningful.

You’ve heard of talking about “Walking with a Purpose” and we say that because we’re using this worldwide event to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They need our help in a big way each year, and we can really make a difference by helping us all hit our goal of raising $50,000.

Here’s how:

(1) We are encouraging each walker to find it in their heart to donate just $1 to the Orphanage. You can do this when you sign up for your walk, or you can give a gift directly, as so many thoughtful, generous, and just awesome folks already have. Here’s the link to donate whatever amount you’d like ($1 is fine, but if you’ve been blessed and can share you, that is a double-blessing).


(2) Buy one of our official 2015 Worldwide Photo Walk T-shirts (seen above) as 100% of the profits from these t-shirt sales go directly to the Orphanage in Kenya.  Last year (with our friend Rob Jones help). We raised over $7,000 to feed and cloth the children, and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone. Here’s a link to order yours today (better order to day to get yours in time for the walk.

Together, with the $1 donation for walkers all over the world, and the profits from the t-shirt sales, we’re trying to raise $50,000 to help them feed, clothe and house some wonderful children. Note: Last year we raised more than $37,000 and that made a dramatic difference (and it was three-times the amount we ever raised before!)

Remember: 100% of your $1 goes directly to the orphanage (it’s a very small orphanage, housing 33 kids, but feeding many more each day). You have no idea what a difference your dollar will make (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping.

This year, we walk with a purpose, on Saturday, October 3rd all over the world. Hope you can join us. :)

Here’s a link with more details — just 11-days to go!



P.S. If you’re a company and you’d like to make a corporate donation, we would absolutely, positively love you for it and we’ll spread the word! (plus, we’ll  make sure you have everything in place for your tax deduction). Contact us directly at 1-800-738-8513. 

Just a quick update on my “8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk:” 

(1) We now have Photo Walk organized in 280 cities around the world (and we just officially launched a few days ago!).

(2) Check out some of these awesome cities that just added walks:

  • Egucigalpa, Honduras
  • Clinton, Tennessee
  • San Antonio, Columbia
  • Elora, Ontario, Canada
  • Tyler, Texas
  • Marikina, Philippines
  • Tooele, Utah
  • Meridian Charter Township, Michigan
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Ogunquit, Maine
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Karmiel, Israel
  • Paris, France
  • Canon City, Colorado
  • Sydney, Australia

How cool is that! More cities are being added daily.

(3) We are preparing a media kit that will probably go out today to help walk leaders publicize their walks, so keep an eye out for that in your email if you’re a Walk Leader.

(4) I just recorded six videos with camera tips, composition tips, gear tips, and a whole bunch more to help you get the most of your upcoming Photo Walk. You’ll get a link to those in a “Walk wide” email newsletter we’ll be sending out each week leading up to the Walk, so keep an eye out for it (the sender will be KelbyOne, that’s our online educational community).

(5) Have your ordered your “Official Photo Walk T-shirt?” Lot of folks wear these on the walks themselves, and so we see them everywhere. Why do so  many people buy the t-shirts? Well, beside looking really cool, and being a souvenir from a really fun and memorable day, 100% of the profits go to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya (and who doesn’t want to help Orphans, right?). Here’s a link to order yours today.

(6) Is there a walk in a city near you? There’s only one way to find out. Go to the official site; click the “Find a Walk” button and search for your city. If there’s not one there, maybe you could lead one? You get a cool prize, and loves of love and affection for leading a way. Click the “Apply to Lead a Walk” button at the same link.

(7) There really isn’t a #7, but just having 6 sounded kinda cheesy. Hope you all have an awesome Tuesday. Don’t forget to spread the word about the walk to your friends, photo groups, online groups, group groups, Groupon, Groovy groups, Gravy groups, etc.



P.S. Here’s the link to sign up for a walk (it’s free). I know I already posted it somewhere in all that stuff, but I wanted to make it easy to find. Feel the love. 



I’m very excited to invite you to be a part of my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with walks in over 1,000 cities last year). Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details:

Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A.The official date is Saturday, October 3, 2015

Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk?
A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat with other folks (photo walkers are very friendly by nature); you laugh, you enjoying being outside with a group of like-minded folks; and then after around 2-hours you wind up at a local restaurant, pub, cafe, etc. (chosen in advance by the walk leader), where you can have a meal, maybe a snack, some drinks, maybe lots of drinks, you can get totally plastered), and make some new friends. It’s a social event, and it’s really a blast (and you get to make some cool pictures, which is always good).


Above: That’s a group shot of the local photo walk I led in Paris a couple years of ago — we’re posed on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Look how happy we all look! Look how cold we all look!  Forget that last line. 

Q. Is there a fee to participate?
A. It’s totally free. But if you’re feeling charitable, each year we “Walk with a Purpose” to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, to help them feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help. When you sign up for a walk, you’ll have the option (it’s totally optional), to donate just $1 to the orphanage via Paypal. 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage, and last year we were able to raise more than $37,000, which is just amazing (and they were absolutely thrilled!). This year, we’re shooting for $50,000. You cannot imagine what a difference this makes to the orphanage (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping. :) So, if you could donate just $1 when you’re on the site (just one buck) that would be awesome (and you’ll be helping more than you know), but again, it’s totally optional.

Q. Where do I sign up to join a walk in my city?
A. Visit the official Worldwide Photo Walk Website, and click the “Find a Walk” button to see if there’s a walk set-up in a city near you. If there is, and there are spots still available, you can sign up right there for free and join that walk. If there isn’t a walk in your city, maybe you can start one and lead it yourself (more on that in a moment).

Q. What happens when a local walk fills up?
A. We have a waiting list for each sold out city, so if someone cancels, it automatically adds (and notifies) the next person on the list.

Q. How many is full?
A. Each Photo Walk is limited to a maximum of 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. Why do we limit each Photo Walk to just 50 photographers?
A. Click here for the explanation.

londongroupAbove: That’s a group shot from the walk I led last year in London. It was a bright sunny day and everybody had a criminal record a great time. A really great group of folks (except for Dave and Peter). Even Brad was there (see far left)!

Q. So Scott, are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
Absolutely! I’m leading a local photo walk in Sydney, Australia (I just posted my walk details this morning — I hope if you live in the Sydney area you can join me). :)

Q. If I led a walk last year, can I lead a walk this year?
A. We would love that! Check your email inbox — we sent out invitations already to last year’s leaders (the email comes from us at KelbyOne and it was sent on August 6th). The subject line reads “A special invitation.”

Q. Is there a photo contest again this year?
A. You bet! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local Walk Leader) will get the ebook edition of my bestselling book — The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” (it lists for $39.95) and their winning image is also entered into the main photo competition vying for thousands of dollars in prizes. From those local walk winners I will choose 10-finalists, who all get tons of great prizes, and then I choose a Grand Prize winner, who just gets an insane amount of stuff.

Q. I see on the site that Canon is the Platinum Sponsor. Does that mean the  Grand Prize might include a DSLR and a lens?
A. Why, yes it does! Our friends at Canon are giving the Grand Prize Winner Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a cool LensHow sweet is that!

Q. Are there more prizes for the photo competition part?
A. You bet! Our official sponsors are awesome and have kicked in everything from subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle (high-five Adobe!), to Wacom tablets (love Wacome!), B&H Photo Gift Cards (best camera store on earth), and more for the finalists and grand prize winners. I’ll have a blog post about ALL the prizes soon, but the list is getting cra-zay! 

Q. Are any cities with Photo Walks organized yet?
A. Yes! We already have 250 walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day! From Cairo, Egypt, to Ogunquit, Maine — from Tübingen, Germany to Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador — from Isfahan, Iran to Puyallup, Washington — from Lleida, Spain; to Dubai, and New Orleans — there are walks all over the world who would love to have you join them!

Q. How can I find out if there’s a walk in my area?
A. Go to the official Worldwide Photo Walk website and click on the “Find Walks” link at the top right, then type in the city, state, and/or country where you want to walk, and if there are any walks already organized in your area, they’ll be listed on the right side (and you’ll see pins on the map). And if you don’t see any in your area, keep checking back because, like I said before, new walks are being added every day.

Q. How can I lead a Photo Walk in my area?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk website — just click on the “Lead a Walk” button (or just click here).

Q. What does it take to become a Photo Walk Leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead Photo Walks in your area before, so your familiar with keep a group of up to 50 people happy, safe and healthy, etc., you’re likely to get accepted fast to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for.

Q. What if my city already has a Photo Walk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Most big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd or even a third or fourth depending on the response and city size. Also, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (For example, New York City could have walks in Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, and Times Square, and probably a half dozen other locations)

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not — it’s totally optional — you don’t have to upload even a single photo for the contest).

Q. Do I get anything for being a Photo Walk LEADER?
A. Love. You gets lots of love. And admiration from your walkers (and me). You also get a copy of the same ebook the winner of your local walk gets, as our way of saying “thank you.”. You also get to pick the best shot from your local Photo Walk group and award them with the book as well (and judging a photo competition is a lot of fun. It’s often hard to narrow things down to just one winner, but it’s also fun because you get to see lots of beautiful images).

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
We have that, too! We started it three years as a way to honor the photographic work of our leaders.

Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for Walkers & Leaders?
A.You betcha! Each year, our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, who came up with idea of selling t-shirt to raise money for (you guessed it), Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts go to feeding and care for these great kids. Last year we raised over $7,000 just from these t-shirt sales alone (imagine how much $7,000 means to the orphanage) I’m so grateful that Rob wanted to help us once again this year (Rob rocks!). Order you t-shirts right now at this link (and feel the good karma coming back to you!).

NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders —  you’ll find the link on your leader’s dashboard).

Q. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing. Where do I go?
There’s a detailed FAQ on the Website (here’s the link).

Q. Where do I go for the latest Photo Walk information?
A. Stay up-to-date by following us on our Twitter page and Facebook Page (If you talk about the walk on social – we would love it if you would include the hashtag #wwpw2015).

Plus, I’ll shoot you an email once a week leading up to the walk with some photography tips, camera tips, post processing tips, and fun stuff to get you ready for the big walk on Saturday, October 3rd all over the world.

I hope you join us this year as we “Walk with a Purpose” to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya and as we make worldwide photographic history once again!

All my best,


P.S. We want as many people to participate as possible, so anything you can do to help us spread the word about the walk would be greatly appreciated. Could you share it on forums, on social, with your camera clubs, and anywhere cool photographers hang out? Many thanks. :)

This was another really tough one. In fact, I’d say this year’s Leader Competition had the best images submitted of any year yet, and that makes picking one winner a really tough decision. Really tough. 

I’m announcing the winning image, and three honorable mentions that were all in the running (and any one could have easily have been the winning image â” it was that close!).

Congratulations to our 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk Leader Competition, Israel Zapata from Spain. 

I just loved this shot â” I love the sense of movement, the expression on the subjects face, and how the photographer captured the feeling of being right there alongside him. Really well done. 

These leader shots didn’t win, but were so good I thought they deserved special mention. Here they are (in no particular order):

Above: This was has such a whimsical quality to it. Great timing â” great capture!

Above: Did you catch that this photo was taken with a cell phone camera? 

Above: I love the color, composition, and simplicity of this shot. Great eye! 

Congratulations to all the Leaders who entered, and a special thanks to everyone who gave their times and talents as a leader. :)

All my best,


P.S. Next up: The People’s Choice Awards :)