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Picking just 10 finalists and one Grand Prize winner out of the thousands of wonderful images from around the world is one of the toughest jobs I do all year. Remember, each image I’m judging has already been picked as a local winner by their walk leader, so the 1,000+ images I’m looking at have already been vetted — they all won best of their local walk.

I keep narrowing the field down and narrowing it down until I got down to 67 images I really liked, and then I finally had to get down to just those 11 (whew!). Because I take this so seriously, it takes a lot of time, thought and careful consideration and every single image gets viewed, and reviewed and considered and reconsidered. There are just so many intriguing images that getting down to just a handful is really daunting, but at the same time, getting to admire so many beautiful photos from all over the world is also a real treat.

Now it’s time to reveal this year’s Finalists and Grand Prize winner
Don’t forget, you’ll still get to make your own picks in our People’s Choice Award, and we have a Leader’s Competition, and my Honorable Mentions (revealed in a special video posted here tomorrow), so while these are the official announcement of the Top-10 Finalists and the Grand Prize winner, the competition phase still has a few more components left.

OK, without further ado….drum roll please….

Here are the Top 10 finalists (in no particular order):

By Anil Kumar (Bangalor, India Photo Walk)
What a wonderful combination of color and composition. I love how all the different shades of red work so wonderfully together but beyond just the color, I think the way the lines all come together in this shot to create a really graphical look just made it really stand out to me. I love how the gap between the stairs themselves and the bottom of the railing create a zig-zag pattern, and it’s like someone added a big rectangle on the top right corner just to balance the whole photo. To find all this in the scene and compose it the way Anil did takes a really great eye. Nicely done!

By Zain Hakim (Halifix, Canada [Northwest] Photo Walk)
When I see this portrait, it really makes me want to meet the guy in the picture, and I think that says a lot. I love his smile, I love the lighting, the color is wonderful and even his pose —- off to the far right and leaning — has great gesture. The composition of the shot, with so much blue on the left, really gives it a dynamic look. It’s very simple, very engaging and the colors just work so well together. Nice work Zane!

By Leonard Rall (Miami, Florida USA [Midtown] Photo Walk)
What a great capture! The color is spot-on fantastic; her position within the frame versus the image in the background is just too perfect, and her gesture during her leap into the air fits so perfectly. In fact, it almost looks like she’s part of the illustration in the background. Plus, she just looks so pleased, almost as though she knows it’s going to make a great image. It’s just a really well-crafted photo all the way around.

By Trevor Morris (Frederickton, Canada Photo Walk)
This photographer did a marvelous job of taking something that isn’t beautiful by nature (mushrooms) and displaying them in a new light to create a beautiful, moody photo. I love the atmosphere surrounding the image and the way he composed the shot. The lighting is subtle, and the low angle almost gives you the feeling that you’re peeking into a tiny world of life you rarely see.

By Per Kronvold (Vejle Syddanmark, Denmark Photo Walk)
What a captivating scene, with bold colors, great geometric shapes, and image that begs more questions than it answers. Are these two sisters? Friends? Twins? I love the matching hair color and I just want to know what they’re doing there, what they’re talking about, and what comes next. Just a great, simple, clean image and the kind of photo that makes you want to know more, which I love.

By Srinavin Kumar (Chennai, India Photo Walk)
Of course the lighting is beautiful, the texture is beautiful, our subject is beautiful, the composition is interesting with the choice to leave so much “white space” above her head (once you know the rules, you can break them at will), but it’s her expression that reveals the real beauty of this shot. There is a grace in her gesture that makes you want to know her, to hear her story, and learn about her spirit, sorrows and joys. A beautiful photo of a beautiful woman.

By Yann Montiqn© (Grenoble, France Photo Walk)
Sometimes it’s really hard to describe why you like a particular photo — it has a certain something that’s hard to define, but when you first look at this, it’s a baseball court and a soccer [futball] field, and the colors are all muted and it’s just a bunch of lines, and leaves, but somehow it all just works and I love it.

By Waheed Akhtar (Ras Al-Kahimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Photo Walk)
The simplicity of the shot, coupled with the perfect choice of black and white, really makes for a compelling, long exposure image. That little tip of the dock (I’m assuming it’s a dock) was just enough foreground to make it interesting without taking away from the bigger picture. Very nicely done, indeed!

By Michele Miller (Fort Wayne, Indiana USA Photo Walk)
I love an image that really makes you want to be there, right there, at that moment, and this is surely one of those for me. I love the colors, the low perspective she used to frame the image, and the wonderful leading lines that make you want to stroll along this path and enjoy the fall colors. It’s one of those images that makes you smile when you see it and I think that says a lot.

By Gerald Grote (Braunschweig, Germany Photo Walk)
I love how the left side of this image looks so lush, crisp and colorful, and the right side looks foggy  with muted colors, almost like she’s looking into a different world, even though she’s technically standing in the same place. I love her position in the frame, the overall quaintness of the image, and the fact that she appears to be one of the Photo Walkers just puts the icing on a very clever cake.



By Raul Policarpio (Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon Hong Kong, China Photo Walk)
This is just such an intriguing image to me. Any of these images could have been chosen as the winner, but I found myself coming back to this one again and again. It really seems as though a very real, very simple, probably very routine moment of this shop keeper’s life was captured as turned to art as he went through his daily routine. The colors are normally vibrant, but appear muted here. I love how the lines in the trap intersect and play off the vertical lines on the wall below it, and the whole image seems like a small slice of a bigger story. There’s a beauty to this image that is very subtle and kept me coming back to it. It’s the kind of image I would loved to see framed, large, hanging on the wall of a gallery, and hopefully maybe one day it will be. Congratulations to the Raul for this wonderful capture.

A Big Thanks!
A special thanks to Canon, our Premier sponsor (and provider of amazing Canon prizes) and to all our sponsors for their gracious support and prizes; 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.: Tomorrow I’ll be posting a video here on the blog with a look at these images, PLUS the unveiling of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but that are so good that I felt that needed special recognition), so make sure you stop by 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. See you here tomorrow.


Hi Gang: Join me here today at 12:00 pm noon EST (New York Time) for my official announcement of the 10 finalists (all prizes winners), and the Grand Prize Winner from the 6th annual Worldwide Photo Walk.

We’ve got some amazing prizes on the line, and some absolutely wonderful images to share, so I’ll see you then — right here on the blog. Good lucky everybody! :)


Hi Gang: On Monday I’m excited to be announcing the Finalists and Grand Prize winner from my 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, and thanks to our sponsors we have some really amazing prizes this year, which is awesome.

Besides all the fun and photos, each year we do something very important, and that is we raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya (an orphanage built literally from the ground up with help from the people who read this blog and participate in the Worldwide Photo Walk) by donating 100% of the profits from the sales of official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts (a sample is shown above and below, but they come in different styles and colors, including hoodies, sweatshirts, ladies’ cuts, kid’s t-shirts — you name it).

Here’s where we are so far: 
Rob Jones
, of Towner Jones Photography (the wonderful, big-hearted guy who coordinates our whole t-shirt store) let me know that t-shirt sales are down quite a bit this year. So far, we’ve only raised around $6,000 but our annual goal is to send the orphanage $10,000.

Here’s How You Can help:
(1) Order a t-shirt now. If you participated in a walk this year, I hope you'll consider buying a shirt (or two) to help feed and cloth these wonderful kids (which is an on-going struggle for this small orphanage). Your donation helps more than you know (plus, you get a cool shirt besides). Here’s the link.

(2) Make a direct donation: If you already have the t-shirt, or just want to make a Direct Donation to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, click right here (and know at that moment that you're about to do something that really, really makes a difference in the life of a child). If you go the direct donation route, can you please just leave me a comment here to let me know, so I can personally thank you.

Thanks to everyone who already bought a shirt, and to everyone who will graciously help and buy one today or who donates directly, and a big thanks and big hug to Rob Jones who year after year has dedicated himself to this project, with both his time and talents, and I am very grateful (and so are the children).

P.S. Don’t forget: I'll be posting the winners of the Photo Walk CONTEST by 12:00 PM Noon ET on Monday! Also, if for any reason your local leader didn’t pick a winner for your city, we go and pick one on their behalf. 

> Join me Wednesday Night for a FREE online Webinar called "A Walk in Rome"
I did one of these after my trip to Cuba (called "Connecting with Cuba") and after last year’s Paris Photo Walk with “A Walk in Paris” and they were really well received, so I thought we'd do one about my images and photo book from Paris last week. If you're into travel photography, I've got lots of practical photography and Photoshop tips for you, PLUS a review of the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-f/6.3 lens for full frame cameras, and I'll be taking your questions and comments live on the air.

What: “A Walk in Rome” Free Photography Webinar
Where: Here’s the link
When: This Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET

Plus we'll talking about my Worldwide Photo Walk (I held a local walk in Rome. I've got lots of fun stuff to share and some really helpful photo tips,so I hope you can join me (it's Free) at 7:00 pm ET Wednesday at this link. Also, can you help me spread the word? :) [NOTE: If you can’t make the live broadcast, we’ll start free rebroadcasts the following day].

> Worldwide Photo Walk Contest Deadline is TODAY at 12pm ET
If you want to get a chance to win some incredible prizes, including a Canon 70D camera (courtesy of the official Photo Walk sponsor, Canon themselves), plus all sorts of other amazing goodies, make sure you get your contest photo uploaded by TODAY at 12pm ET (New York time). Remember, if you don’t enter, you don’t have a chance of winning, so make sure you upload your best photo for a chance to win.

> A Different Perspective on This Past Week’s Photo Industry Scandals, PLUS How to Not Hate HDR (Well, not as much anyway)
This week’s episode of “The Grid” should be a wild one, as we’re talking about the recent scandals within the photography industry (but we have a different perspective on it), and although we’re not going to be able stop people from doing HDR (and we shouldn’t), maybe we can help them spot the telltale signs of “bad HDR” along with how to avoid it. It all starts with admitting you have a problem. LOL!! ;You do not want to miss this episode, which airs (as always) LIVE every Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET at this link. 

> My Shoot Like a Pro Tour is coming to DC
OK, even thought the seminar isn’t this week, I’m giving away two free tickets to the seminar this week, so it kinda counts. Just leave a comment here and you’re entered, and we’ll draw two winners tomorrow. All the details on the seminar are right here.  See you in DC.

> Learn Landscape & Travel Photography from Trey Ratcliff
Here’s the scoop on this just-released online class at Kelby Training Online from renown travel and landscape photographer Trey Ratcliff:

“Join Trey on location in New Zealand as a virtual participant in his landscape photography workshop. From sunrise to sunset, visiting streams, lakes, mountains, and hills, Trey takes you from one incredible setting to the next, all the while sharing his tips, tricks, and techniques for capturing breathtaking landscapes and high dynamic range photos.”

We’re already getting lots of great feedback from this new class, so if you’re a Kelby Training subscriber, you’ll want to catch it right away. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s yet another reason to join. 

> Catch Matt’s Lightroom Basics Class, streaming FREE until Thursday
Each week on Kelby Training Online we stream one of our classes continuously 24-hours-a-day absolutely free (in fact, it’s streaming right this very minute — just jump over there right now (or heck, anytime before Thursday) and watch the entire class, on us. So what happens on Thursday when this class stops? Another class starts streaming continuously for a week. Sweet!

We’re hoping you’ll like learning this this so much that you’ll want access to all our classes (nearly 400) any class, any time, on demand. Here’s the link to join (just in case). :)

OK, it’s a busy week this week. Let’s get to it! (and here’s wishing you a fantastic one!)

Above: Here’s a short (17-second) iPhone video clip I did before we kicked off my local walk in Rome, Italy. I had a really wonderful, fun, really good-natured group of photographers there in Rome. They totally rocked it! 

Below is a compilation of Group Photos from around the world, sent to me by group leaders and photographers who participated in my World Wide Photo Walk this past Saturday.

I have to tell you, I get such a big smile when I see each and every one of these. I try to imagine what their walk was like, and how much fun it would have been to be at that walk I'm looking at. Everybody looks so happy in these group shots and it just really tickles me each time I see one.

You can see the individual city names (and larger images) over on my Google+ page. Here's the link:

If you have a group photo, and haven't sent it to me (or I somehow missed it), I’ll keep updating this Google+ album as they come in. I hope you'll send in yours because I already know it'll make me smile. :)

I also wanted to include a group shot from our Rome Photo Walk “lunch meeting spot” at a wonderful little restaurant in Rome called Ristorante Ciccia Bomba (chosen by the wonderful Ashley Turney who helped me plan the entire walk, served as our guide and interpreter, and was just totally cool all the way around. I couldn’t have done the walk without her).

Above: Here’s an iPhone pano from the restaurant Ciccia Bomba. Dig that waiter with the multiple heads and arms (stitching a pano with people moving can produce some, ahem, interesting results). LOL!!! Hey, who is that guy to his left. He looks super cool! ;-)

Above: This shot of my wife Kalebra and me was taken during my photo walk by photographer Miroslav Radosavljevic. It is somewhat plausible that I married ‘up.’ LOL!!! ;-)

OK, I’ve got to hit the sack (I’m back in the States now but my body thinks I’m still on Italy time). Here’s to a great weekend filled with lots of great images, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.



Hey everyone, Brad Moore here with a quick update on submitting your photo to the Worldwide Photo Walk competition. RC Concepcion put together a video on editing, exporting, and uploading images to the competition that you can watch above. If you’re short on time, here are some instructions on submitting:

Walkers should log into your account at and go to your walk page. There you’ll see a box where you can upload your best photo. The suggested dimensions are 1000px on the longest side at 72dpi, and the maximum file size is 1MB.

Once your image has been uploaded, you will see it on screen and be able to confirm that the correct image uploaded. If you change your mind and want to submit a different image, you will have until the cutoff date (October 14 at 12:00 noon ET) to upload a new image. After that, no changes can be made.

Leaders will not see the upload box during the submission period because they aren't able to submit a photo to the walker competition. Once the submission period has passed, they’ll see a gallery of images that were submitted and will then be able to choose the winning image from their walk.

Leaders will be getting information on the leader competition from RC once the walker competition is finished.