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.


About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Wow, all fantastic images.

  2. beautiful images, I love this photowalk, thanks Mr. Kelby :)

  3. It’s nice to see two images from here in Canada on the list, beautiful scenery here. All photo’s picked deserved their spot in the competition as winners. Now to look forward to the Leaders competition, as I will be entering with the hopes to win. but I can only dream.

  4. This is so much fun. Some great images here. The winning shot is very nice, but not my favorite out of the group. IMHO. Thanks SK and company for another great year!

  5. Hmmmm…I participated at the Miami photowalk…and I don’t remember that photo…also that guy…also the photowalk leader anounced a different winner. ..

  6. Those are fantastic choices. I love all of them. I had fun on my walk in Dallas, TX. I have also been inspired to hold a walk myself for next year. See you then – Brian :)

  7. “Football”… :)…Interesting and very helpful read…

  8. Hey Scott,

    Fantastic images! Congratulations to all! Scott I can’t find this year’s leader competition on Google Plus. I saw the one on Flickr. Can you direct me to the right place for my entry?


  9. good pics, but the one with the leaping woman leaves me cold. there’s something not right about bringing a model (if she is one) along to pose for the walkers. to me the walk should be about capturing spontaneous moments, not staged photography.

    • Funny, I immediately thought the same thing and then figured it may have been someone passing by that they asked to do that.

      • that walk had three or four models.

      • It’s something that I wouldn’t have encouraged; telling everyone in the walk I led to bring a model along. It just doesn’t seem right. It’s a photowalk where capturing scenes and street life seems more appropriate. I had a look at the walk photos; virtually all feature a model. I bet Luis Gomez is a bit peeved off; his image is pretty much the same as the winner!

  10. Scott,

    The city is Kowloon, not Cowloon. Wonderful pick!

  11. Fantastic set of images! Well done everyone!

  12. Beautiful images. I wasn’t one of the winners. I was just glad that the weather was nice in OKC for the walk this year. The mushroom one is my favorite!

  13. Love the fact that the quality is uniformly high but the styles and treatments are so varied. Inspiring.

  14. just noticed, orange is this year’s dominant colour.

  15. Hi Scott,

    it’s so great to see that you chose the winning image from my Braunschweig / Germany photo walk as one of the finalists! I also think it’s a great composition and an interesting contrast between saturated and muted colors! Congratulations, Gerald Grote!


  16. And that’s Halifax, not Halifix :)

  17. Nice photos…I do like the winning photo. In my group so many didn’t post their pictures out of lack of confidence I believe.. There were good shots but I couldn’t convince them to post them for judging.

  18. The quality and impact of the shots is stunning. To bad none was picked from México.
    Way to go Scott, it’s an awesome event you have managed to put up all these years. Thank you!

  19. Truly Amazing experience to watch the final photos! Good stuff! :)

  20. Good choice of grand prize winner Scott, street shooters will rejoice especially filipino street photographers!

  21. Photography as we all know is very subjective so all you can really do is congratulate the winner. When I love an image I pretty much say what Scott said a few times; “I kept on coming back to it”. It obviously affected Scott enough for him to pick it. Well done Raul on been chosen as the winner!

  22. why there is no result for Beijing photowalk ???

  23. Wonderful pick of “winners” this year too (the Grand Priize winner photo is really so great)… even if I think it was better last year. :-)
    I´m already looking forward to the walk next year. Thanks for this best photo experience every year. Lars Anshelm

  24. great photowalk photos.. congrats to all the winners and to all the participants as well. anticipating the next photowalk in 2014

  25. Hi Scott, I ‘m very happy that you choose the photo of Yann M.! This playground photo is great!!

  26. Hi Scott,

    Congrats for another successful WWPW! i just have one question, I can’t seem to figure out how to submit my entry for the walk leaders’ photo competition, I think many of us leaders are excited to upload our entry photos, can your team provide some direction on the submission of entries? A simple link to the submission page is highly appreciated. :)

    Thanks and more power!

    Best regards,
    Manila, Philippines

  27. Beautiful each and every one

  28. fantastic street photography for the grand price winner! MABUHAY!

  29. Congratulations to all the winners! There were some excellent images chosen again this year.

  30. How to join?

  31. Amazing photography from every corner of this beautiful planet. Congratulations to each and every one of the winners, this is fantastic work!

  32. Excellent images. Love all the photos.

  33. Great photos chosen,
    hoped till the end mine would be featured, maybe next year :D

    On the day of the walk, looked all over Rome, maybe I can run into Scott, Elia Locardi or Serge Ramely, I follow your works and hoped to bump into each other on the busy streets of Rome.

    Great work, I’ll participate next year for sure.

    One question though, when will we receive your book, can’t wait to read it…

    Thanks for the emotions Scott.

  34. Scott, I led the Pisa Italy Photo walk, but never received emails after the walk. I sent an email on November 4th asking where walk leaders could upload their photographs for the leader competition. I never received a response, so I was excluded from that competition. I also don’t know where to go to download the copy of Lightroom 5. Help? Other than the email to which I received no response, I didn’t see any other information on the world wide walk website. Thanks in advance.

  35. Honoured to have been there when Halifax finalist Zain Hakim tripped the shutter on that wonderful portrait; great image, Zain. Well-deserved kudos.

  36. The winner of the Wilmington, NC photo walk has not be contacted with a prize code. What should she do?

  37. I never got my prize code for my win in Saratoga, NY. Nor for being the leader in Schenetady, NY. Emails to Kelby group go unanswered. Little disappointed.

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