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Although we’ve already announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, there are some other images that, while they didn’t wind up being a finalist or Grand Prize Winner, were still so good that I thought they needed some recognition.

Any of these could have been a finalist (in fact, all of these were in the running and on my short list at one point to make the final cut â” and this gives you an idea of how hard it is making the final decisions. There’s just so many wonderful images).

Congratulations to all these photographers below who created such wonderful images during the walk and are officially receiving an Honorable Mention:

Guangzhou Guangdong, China
Photo By: Luz Kanapi

Stuttgart, Germany
Photo By: Ben

Trondheim S¸r Tr¸ndelag, Norway
Photo By: Gunnar

Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan
Photo By: C E

Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Photo By: Shyam

Porto, Portugal
Photo By: Nuno

Nagano. Japan
Photo By: Tomohiro

Mumbai, India
Photo By: Bobby

Manila, Philippines
Photo By: Nathan

Manchester, United Kingdom
Photo By: Lisa

Luna Ilocos Region, Philippines
Photo By: Josefino Jr

Bath, United Kingdom
Photo By Linda Enfield

Lasi, Romania
Photo By: Iulia

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Photo by Mary Heloisa

Lancaster, PA United States
Photo By: Merle

Kallang, Singapore
Photo By: Andy

Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo By: Victor Meyer

Isfahan, Iran
Photo By: Mehrdad

Guadalajara, M©xico
Photo By: Raul

Fife, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Photo By: Steve

Edmonton, AB Canada
Photo By: Gina

DuPont, Washington, USA
Photo By: Ed Adams

Colonia Tovar, Aragua, Venezuela
Photo By: Emil

Doha, Qatar
Photo By: Medel

Dallas, Texas, USA
Photo By: Tom

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Oliver

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Lucil

Caxias do Sul, RS Repºblica Federativa do Brasil
Photo By: Luis Barp

Canberra, Australia
Photo By: Amy

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Heba

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Sherif

Brownwood, Texas, United States
Photo By: Jim

Damietta, Egypt
Photo By: Malek

Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Photo By: Donald

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Photo By: John

Athens, Georgia, United States
Photo By: Busara

Angeles, Central Luzon, Philippines
Photo By: Archielou Romero

Again, my congratuations to all these entrants on having such great images that they deserved special recognition. Later this week we have the winner of our Leaders Competition (lots of amazing shots — it’s another tough one to judge).

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

All my best,


Every year it’s a big challenge. Looking at images from more than 1,000 walks all over the world â” ones that have already been selected as the best from each local walk â” and then trying to narrow things to just one grand prize winner, and 10 finalists. There’s just so many great shots that it makes the process really tough.

The Process
I take this judging role very seriously â” I put a lot of thought and careful consideration into each selection. Every image gets viewed, and reviewed and considered and reconsidered to death because you can make a great case for so many of them. Think about it â” this is a group of photos from every corner of the world, and there are a lot of captivating, fascinating, cute, fun, and very serious images, and so I view every image full screen size, and then tag the best of the first round.

A lot of images actually make this first cut. Then I look at just those tagged images, and narrow things down to just the best of that group (this year I got down to around 79 images at this stage). Then I do it again and again until I have just 11 left. One of those 11 will wind up being the winner. That’s when it gets really tough. It takes a lot of time, and I sweat every decision, but in the end a decision has to be made.

Even though this round of judging is over …
You'll still get to make your own picks in our People's Choice Award, 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.

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

By Macbeth (Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea Photo Walk)
This shot just looks happy â” even though you can’t see the expressions on the people walking down the hill, the vibrant colors, and sun beams, and the whole thing makes it look like a scene from the Teletubbies, and I just loved it. I love the placement of the people on the hill, and just the overall vibe of the shot.

By  Jean-Christophe (Lyon, RA France Photo Walk)
This shot has a lot of graphic appeal on its own, with its angular lines in either direction, but the placement of the man on the stairs really made it all come together. Very simple, but very cool.

By Tinnakorn (Chiang Mai, จ.à¹à¸Šà¸µà¸¢à¸‡à¹ƒà¸«à¸¡à¹ˆ Thailand Photo Walk)
What a great scene! I just love the juxtaposition of those three large hero photos above with this gentle looking man just having a beer â” it really caught my eye right away. I love the colors and how it all works together. Makes me wish I was at the next table over having a cold one myself. Nicely done.

By  Joseph (Charleston, South Carolina, USA Photo Walk)
OK, I know this isn’t a technically perfect shot, and that plant on the far left is distractingâ¦but it’s still a great shot. It’s so simple, and casual, and I like the post processing and it was so different than any of the other entries that it really stood out to me. It’s not the typical type of shot I’m drawn to, but I sure do like it.

By Phongphanich (Bangkok Thailand [Rattanakosin Island] Photo Walk)
This is just a wonderful combination of color and composition, and I love the post processing on this shot. It makes me want to know more about the shot â” what’s the rest of the story. Who is the guy in that picture? There’s a lot going on here for such a simple photo.

By Sonata (Kaunas County Lithuania Photo Walk)
The first time I saw this shot, it was like looking at a still shot during a movie. It has a real cinematic feel and I love the way our subject, and the birds, are all back lit, and I love her position in the frame. Really makes you feel like you came upon a moment in a movie and that was all I needed.

By Eman (El-Gamaleya, Cairo, Egypt Photo Walk)
What captured me about this shot was the light. From the light beams streaming behind our subject, to the soft light on his face, to how the overall scene is lit â” the lighting is just really wonderful. Plus, I really like the subject’s expression and care that’s being given to his work. Very nice capture.

By Mark (Hoover, Alabama, USA Photo Walk)
This is another one of those shots where the first time I saw it, I loved it, and of course what I loved the most is how the mushroom is lit. It just stands out so beautifully in the otherwise dark scene. I wish that little spot of white wasn’t there at the top of the frame, because it does draw my eye a little, but it’s such a lovely shot that I’m willing to look the other way on that, and just enjoy the beautiful scene. Nice!

By Andrew (Seoul, South Korea Photo Walk)
This shot just cracked me up, only because it’s such a real scene. I love how the women are in very traditional outfits, but they’ve got a cell phone up on an “extender for selfies” pole and they’re flashing peace signs. It’s kind of surreal, but at the same time, you’re looking at something very real. Great shot!

By Daniela (Haarlem, The Netherlands Photo Walk)
First, there’s the subject â” a young girl on stilts, which is something you just don’t see every day, but the lighting in this shot is so subtle and beautiful without the scene being dark and dramatic. I feel like I walked in upon a quiet moment and I want to know where she’s going, why she’s wearing stilts, and how she’d get so lucky to be learning to walk on stilts in such gorgeous light. One of my favorites for sure.



By Michal (Warszawa, Mazowieckie Polska Photo Walk)
There is just something about this shot. I kept coming back to it again and again. I love the overall tone of the image, and how you see these individual drops frozen in time like that. There’s not enough water so that it looks cheezy (which can happen when freezing water in a fountain), and I love the composition with that wide open area to the right. I wish I could give you a better technical reason why I like it, but I think it’s 100% an emotional response. If you keep coming back to it again and again, then you just know there’s something special there, and I think this is a very special shot.

A Big Thanks!
A special thanks to Canon, our Premier sponsor (and provider of amazing Canon prizes) and to flickr, Adobe Systems, Peachpit Press, Tamron, KeepSnap, B&H Photo, and Wacom â” thanks for all your support and for offering such awesome prizes to our winners (we are very grateful).

Thanks to our Walk Leaders who did such an outstanding job once again of giving of their time and talents to make their local walks happen, and to the wonderful photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work.

P.S.: We still have the unveiling of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn't win a prize, but that are so good that I felt they needed special recognition), so make sure you stop by on Friday 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 your Walk Leaders, so there's more to come. :)


Hi everybody. I’m so sorry the judging is taking so much longer than usual.  I feel terrible that the results aren’t going to be posted until tomorrow, but I know you don’t want me to rush through the selection process (it’s a LOT of images to consider, and a lot of tough choices to make), so thanks for understanding and for the time extension.

If all goes well, I should have the winners posted in the morning. :)

All my best,


UPDATE: Judging all of these amazing images is taking longer than I expected! Check back again later and I’ll announce the winners just as soon as I can.

Hi Gang: Join me here today at 2:00 pm EDT for my official announcement of the 10 finalists (all prize winners), and the Grand Prize Winner from my 7th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. (Here’s a worldwide time finder to help. Use New York City as your search).

We've got some amazing prizes and some wonderful images to share, so I'll see you then â” right here on the blog.

Good luck everybody! :)


When I woke up Saturday morning in London, I opened the drapes in my hotel room and all I could hear was rain and it was dark gray as far as I could see. When Brad and I got to my walk’s meeting spot, the weather had cleared for what would turn out to be an absolutely beautiful day, with a group of really lovely people.

Above: Here’s the map of my walk route. Well, the starting points and ending points are correct, and several of the red routes are correct at times. I like to think we “modified” the walk rather than hitting an expected dead-end and locked gates that caused us to re-reroute. LOL!

Lunch in London, then off to Bath to join Glyn’s walk
My walk wrapped up at 11:30 am, and after lunch, me, Brad and our dear friend Dave Clayton hopped a train (we literally made the train with just one minute to spare â” we stepped on the train, and it started rolling) to the beautiful town of Bath where we joined our buddy (and Photoshop World instructor) Glyn Dewis who was leading a photo walk there. Here’s a link to a blog post by Glyn about the walk in Bath, and my seminar the day before.

I’ll tell the rest of the story in the captionsâ¦
but I can tell you this  â” we were blessed with wonderful weather, a really interesting modified route, an un-expected visit to a beautiful cathedral, a really fun group of walkers who were up for anything, and a super-yummy wrap-up at Britain’s burger mecca “Bryon Burger.” Just a perfect weekend in one of my favorite places on the planet!

Above: We hit the streets. That’s Brad on the left, and Dave Clayton center making random hand gestures. It was very distracting. ;-)

Above: That’s a pretty random video clip from the walk, taken about the same time as the previous photo (video shot by Brad) and it gives you an idea of what the day was like. I blame Dave Clayton for all of this. 

Above: That’s us during our modified route (one of my walkers brought his son along — seen here right side — and he was just the cutest little boy you have ever seen. I imagine I’ll see lots of shots of him submitted for competition). 

Above: We walked through a beautiful area of London where most of London’s lawyer’s offices are located. Parts of it looked like it could be a movie set with its timeless architecture. 

Above: What would a photo walk be without a nice close-up of Brad’s Beard?

Above: This is our buddy Bryan (who is actually from Chicago and was in London on Business), in his most “I totally belong here” pose. 

Above: Waiting for the doors to open at Byron Burger. 

Above: And in we go for yummy burgers!  

Above: We arrived in Bath and it was a little rainy and overcast until the actual moment the Photo Walk started, and sure enough — the sky cleared and gave us a beautiful day in this historic city (you can see some of our walkers getting shots in this pic). 

Above: Glyn picked a gorgeous city for a walk. You can see the gray clouds leaving town as we start our walk along the river. 

Above: That’s our good friend, and walk leader Glyn Dewis holding a “mini-Glyn” one of the photo walkers gave him as a gift. More than one walker commented what a great voodoo doll that would make. ;-)

Above: That’s me using a really great, British-made tripod called the “3 Legged Thing” which I picked up while I was over there and fell in love with it. Very cleverly designed, lightweight and yet surprisingly sturdy and stable. Super diggin-it. 

Above: When I turned around from my tripod shot, here’s what I see. LOL!

Above: You’ve got to love that hat!! :)

Above: I spend most of my time on the photo walk talking to other walkers and enjoying the scenery (both of which I really love), but I did snap a few shots just for fun. 

Well folks, that’s a quick look at my London Photo Walk, and Glyn’s down in Bath. Loads of fun, lots of laughs, and a great time was had by all!

More Group Shots
I’m posting lots more group shots today in a gallery over on my Facebook page (here’s the link), so stop by and check out some of the great pics  folks have been sending in (I love seeing all these group shots — happy people around the world getting together to share something we all love — that just really puts a smile on a face and a song in my heart!).

The walk day may be over, but the contests for prizes have just begun
We have the local competitions for the best walk from your local group, and the big competition for the grand prize and runner up prizes; there’s my annual Honorable Mentions; the People’s Choice Award; and the Leader’s Competition shots as well, so there’s lots of fun still to come (hey, that’s rhymes!).

Cheers and best wishes to everybody who came together to make this a very special day!



P.S. A big thanks to the 350+ photographers who came out the day before the walk to my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar in London. What a wonderful crowd to present to (in an absolutely amazing, historic venue!). It had been 2-1/2 years since my last seminar in the UK, but I promise it won’t be that long before the next one. (photo above by Brad). 







Above: At the top that’s my group in the RAF Cathedral, then Brad and I at Paddington Station getting ready to head to Bath. That’s a “shot of our group shot” on the back of my camera, and an iPhone pano of my walkers eating downstairs at the awesome Byron Burger near Covent Gardens.  

Hi and greetings to Worldwide Photo Walkers Around The World!!! :)

Even though I led a photo walk in London on Saturday, I’m already home. I didn’t get in until very early this morning and I’m just now shaking off the jet lag and getting to posting.

Had an amazing day Saturday, with me leading a walk in London, and then taking the train down to Bath to join a walk led by my friend Glyn Dewis (lots more on both of these tomorrow with plenty of photos).

I’d Love To See Your Group Shots
In the meantime if you took a group shot during your local walk, can you share the link here on the blog as a comment and tomorrow I’ll give a link where you can see them all (honestly, seeing all these group photos from around the world is one of the biggest highlights for me of the entire experience).

But for today, I just wanted to share a few group photos from around the world (these were posted on Twitter on Saturday), and thank everyone who participated around the world — everyone who donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and all the wonderful sponsors who without whom we could never pull a worldwide event of this scale, off in the first place.

Hope you enjoy these group photos from walks in  some awesome locations around the world:

Above: Cairo, Egypt

Above: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

Above: Braunschweig-Germany

Above: San Diego Carabobo, Venezuela

Above: Brugge, Belguim

Above: Portsmouth, UK

Above: During the Berlin, Germany walk

Above: Destin Harbor, Florida

Above: Cape Town Waterfront

Above: During the “Swedish Photo Crew’s” walk in Dubai, UAE

Above: Arlington, Virginia, USA

Above: Hiding from the rain in Breda, The Netherlands

Above: Delhi, India

Above: The Santiago, Chile walkers dining after the walk

Above: Fort Pierce, Florida

Above: La Colonia Tovar, Venezuela

Above: Battery Park City, New York, USA walk leader Lavonne Hall 

Above: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Above: Manila Binondolintrauros, Phillipines

Remember, if you took a group photo, post me a link to it here in the comments and tomorrow I’ll share a link we can all view them.

Thanks again for helping to make this such a remarkable day where so many new friends are made, so many wonderful pictures are taken, so yet a group of orphans lives are helped because of it. We walked with a purpose! :)

All my best,