Posts By Scott Kelby

This is our second year with a “Video shot during the photo walk” category, and Canon USA (our sponsor) has once again come up with an amazing package for the winner of this category. The Video Category winner receives:

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The Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above). The kit includes a Canon EOS 80D Body; a Canon 18-135mm lens;Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.).

High-five to our friend Rob Altman of Canon USA for his vision and support for our video category — Canon has been our main sponsor for a number of years now, and they are an absolutely AWESOME sponsor. Big thanks to everyone at Canon USA who helps make this annual event happen. So

OK, let’s get right to it — we’ll start with the winner, and then I’m going to share a few other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, I thought they deserved some attention.

Winner: Stefan Amadeus
Photo Walk: Stollenbach, South Africa

And now for our Honorable Mentions (other videos that while they aren’t prize winners, still deserve recognition):

Honorable Mention: Juan Clievano
Photo Walk: San Salvador, El Salvador

Honorable Mention: KenTV3
Photo Walk: Tokyo, Japan

Honorable Mention: JS Jayson
Photo Walk: Kuala Lumpur

Honorable Mention: Dave Castro
Photo Walk: Metro Naga, Philippines

Honorable Mention: Christopher Arnold
Photo Walk: Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA

Honorable Mention: Rich Tan
Photo Walk: Surigao City, Philippines

Thanks for letting me share all of these with you; congrats once again to our prize winner Stefan, and a big, big thanks to the 2017 Worldwide Photo Walk Official Sponsor, Canon USA, for making this video category a reality. :)

See you at 3:00 pm EDT for the big reveal of the People’s Choice Award Winner!

All my best,

-Scott

The Walk Leader competition is always one of the hardest to judge
There are so many great entries from so many talented leaders, and this year once again there were so many wonderful entries that it made my job as tough as ever.

Although there’s only one winner, I felt there were some images that were so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, they still deserved to be recognized, so I’m displaying my “Honorable Mentions” first, then we’ll reveal our winner.

I present our 10 Walk Leader Competition Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Leader / Photographer: Antonio Rosario
Photo Walk: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Leader / Photographer: Mohamed Abdo
Photo Walk: Giza Governorate, Egypt

Leader / Photographer: Darius Apanavicius
Photo Walk: Vilnius, Lithuania

Leader / Photographer: Avik Mitr
Photo Walk: Kolkata, India

Leader / Photographer: ADASA Club
Photo Walk: Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Leader / Photographer: Herbert Kikoy 
Photo Walk: Danao City, Philippines

Leader / Photographer: Isidra Leyva 
Photo Walk: Tijuana Mexico

Leader / Photographer: Drew Frank
Photo Walk: State College Pennsylvania, USA

Leader / Photographer: Ramin Rahmani Nejad Asil
Photo Walk: Shiraz, Iran

Leader / Photographer: Constantine Agustin
Photo Walk: Davao City, Philippines

Now, presenting the official Walk Leader Competition Winner:

Leader / Photographer: Ken Cavanagh 
Photo Walk: Brooklyn  New York, USA

My Comments: This picture just has so much great energy — wonderful colors, interesting punchy light, and you feel like you’re right there, in the middle of it all. I absolutely love it! Very well done!

As Walk Leader Competition Winner, Ken will receive a Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera, with an EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit; a Canon Pixma Pro 10 Printer; a $250 B&H Photo Gift Card; a ThinkTank Photo StreetWalker Harddrive Backpack; a $100 Westcott Gift Certificate; a Platypod Ultra with Multi Accessory Kit; 1 full year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan; and 1 full year of KelbyOne membership for winning this year’s Leader Competition.

Congratulations to all the Photo Walk Leaders Competition honorable Mentions and our Winner!

More winners in other categories to be announced later today!
Coming up next at 3:00 pm our Video Competition, and at 4:00 PM our People’s Choice Award!

See you back here then! :)

All my best,

-Scott

It’s going to be a BIG day today for the 10th Annual Worldwide Photowalk
It’s “Announce a bunch of winners” day! Whoo hoo!

Here’s our competition winner announcement schedule. All times listed are EDT (New York City time zone):

12:00 Noon EDT: The Leader’s Competition Winner (and Honorable Mentions)

2:00 PM EDT: The Video Shot During The Walk Competition Winner

3:00 PM EDT: The People’s Choice Winner is Revealed!

4:00 PM EDT: The Youth Competition Winner

Lots of incredible prizes on the line today, including cameras and lenses from our official Sponsor Canon USA, along with great prizes from ThinkTank Photo (camera bags), Adobe Systems, B&H Photo, Platypod, Westcott, Drobo, and KelbyOne.

Stop back by later today to see some great images and videos and some happy winners!

All my best,

-Scott

Each image I considered was already picked as a “winner” by the local walk leaders…
…from nearly 1,000 walks all around the world. You just can’t imagine how hard it is to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one Grand Prize winner, but that’s what I’ve done today, and I’m tickled to present to you this year’s finalists and Grand Prize, winners.

Note: If you want to learn more about the judging process, scroll to the bottom of this post, but since right now everybody just wants to know who won, here goes:

This year’s Top 10 Finalists (in no particular order):

By Tom Van Rozendaal (Apeldoorn, Nederland)
This is just so beautiful — it looks like a painting. The colors work so well together and that little drop of water on the left adds that little something that takes it over the top. Just lovely.

By Axel Marinkovic (Metropolitana, Chile)
Now, this is just a really cool shot! Such an interesting subject – great color – great texture – really great lighting –  and that one missing side of the glass is just so intriguing. I love shots that make me want to know more about the subject – where it was taken – why is he wearing those goggles in the first place? I love it!

By Ann Behnke (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Hats off to their walk leader for picking such a wonderful route that it went past this waterfall, but once there, the photographer did a wonderful job with this shot. The composition is spot on, with a wonderful low perspective and interesting foreground color and just enough long exposure. Very nicely done – makes me want to go there.

By Rick Williams (Tucson, Arizona, USA)
It’s hard to get a great shot of a wild animal during a walk, but this is so sharp, clean and arresting. Even though the shot is very crisp, it has a softness and approachability about it that I love. Great shot!

By Jose Tan Jr. (Silay City, Philippines)
The color and composition are just spot on here. Having the two little girls for scale is really key, but the color of their outfits add to the scene as does their gesture. This is a really nicely composed shot from top to bottom. Nice work.

By Ruben Trindade (Sintra, Portugal)
This is one I kept coming back to again and again, and I’m not usually a fan of the “framed” effect, but the tones and lighting and color here are so strong that I couldn’t let it go. There’s a lot of depth to this photo, which is saying something for something so simple.

By Jens Franke (Munich, Germany)
This is just such an interesting photo – really a great eye on the photographer that captured this, and since it’s a monochrome shot, there’s no leaning on color – this is pre-composition and timing, and it makes me want to know more. Really nicely done.

 

 

 

By Andrew Newman (Lambeth, England)
I know they’re not breaking new ground here, and I know a lot of new photographers practice doing techniques like this, but this doesn’t look like “student art” – the placement of the tourists here is so “on” that it makes the picture. The black and white treatment fits the image perfectly and it’s a great example of this technique done right.

By Arash Soleymani (Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran)
How can you not love that face? I just want to hug her, and the overhead perspective is just so perfect. Now add in her wonderful sense of color, and you’ve got a shot that takes the smile on her face and puts it on yours. I really, really like it for so many reasons.

 

By Saul Addison (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
This is another one of those shots that I just couldn’t let go of. I love the post processing treatment – it so fits the mood of the shot, and I love that the riders look so joyful – not scared – not screaming – just happy. There’s a timeless quality to this shot that I really love and while normally that fence in the foreground would be distracting to me, in this particular shot, somehow I think it adds something special. Nicely done.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is…

By Oscar Cuevas (Valparaíso, Chile)
There is something very special about this shot. The simplicity of it is just wonderful, but so many things had to come together to make this shot work. The expression on the subject’s face and the lighting on him is just too perfect. The fact that there’s just enough of a clear spot on the glass to share this moment, and the subtle colors, and perfect composition – wow. This is what it looks like when it all comes together. This is a shot I would hang on the wall, and my hearty congratulations to the photographer – just beautifully crafted from start to finish. Three cheers.

How I do the judging
I look at every single winning image from all the walks around the world. I do find that the great shots jump right out at you, and I make those as picks to go back and look at again. I was able to get down to 118 shots after going through all of them. That’s a big cut, but a very long way from 10 finalists and one winner.

I try not to be swayed simply because an image was taken in an exotic location or somewhere I’ve never been or never seen — I wanted to pick a photo, simple composition or not, easy to capture or not, post-processed brilliantly or not — that is simply special. Maybe it’s the right light, expression or mood, or story or a combination — I search for whatever that certain something is that makes me come back to it again and again — and  I want to give every image fair and open-minded consideration.

What makes this process harder is that these are already curated. Each image was already judged and chosen as a “winner” by the local walk leaders, from nearly 1,000 walks. Narrowing it down — it’s just so hard, and you second and third-guess your choices along the way because you want to give every image a fair shake.

You could easily make a case for hundreds of images to be chosen as finalists, but you only get to choose 10, and one Grand Prize winner, and you finally just have to make a choice. It is literally one of the hardest things I do each year, but also one of the most rewarding because I get to see so many great images during the process. I hope that gives you a little insight into my judging process.

Even though this round of judging is over …
We still have our People’s Choice Award coming on Friday and the Leader’s Competition winner, 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.

Thanks to Canon USA and all our sponsors
Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Canon USA, (who gave us some amazing Canon prizes) and to Adobe Systems, Peachpit Press, Tamron, and B&H Photo — thanks for all your support this year and for offering such awesome prizes to our winners. We are very grateful.

Thanks to our Walk Leaders
It’s a lot of work, and a thankless job, so let me be the first to say “thanks.” We couldn’t do any of this without our volunteer walk leaders around the world, who do such a great job of creating the walk; working with the walkers, and making the whole thing happen on the local level, and that means a lot.

My personal thanks to our own Jeanne Jilleba, who did an amazing job of keeping the communication flowing (amid a number of unexpected technical glitches) all while managing walks in nearly 1,000 cities. It’s a very challenging job (and she took a lot of slings and arrows throughout), but handled it all like a pro. Thank you, Jeanne — we are all indebted for all your hard work and dedication to making the photo walk a success.

Lastly, thanks to all the talented photographers from around the world
who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work, and special thanks to those of you who contributed to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya — it means more than you know.

More to come as we reveal more winners on Friday.

Best,

-Scott

KelbyOne Members sent in entries from all over the world, and these entries keep getting better and better, which makes the judging harder and harder. Nevertheless, we found an incredible photographer to honor with this own gallery opening, and we’re excited to announce that our latest winner is:

Stephen Wallace

Stephen (and a guest of his choice) will be flown to Tampa, Florida to be there for the wine and cheese reception celebrating his own solo gallery show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne.” (Note: If you’re like “What’s this whole gallery thing?” check out this quick Q&A)

Stephen is both an anesthesiologist and an attorney, but with an incredibly creative side, as his wonderful, playful, fascinating images from Myanmar absolutely wowed the judges. The colors and composition were spot on, but his dramatic light scenes were so breathtaking they won the hearts of the judges.

We can’t wait to see Stephen’s images hanging on the walls of the gallery presented using Bay Photo Lab‘s ‘Xpozer’ system for exhibition printing. We know Stephen will be blown away, and you will be too if you can come and see them in person (and yes — if you’re a KelbyOne member, you’re invited to be there his gallery opening).

You’re invited to Stephen’s gallery opening!
The opening is:

7:00 pm on Saturday, December 9th at the Gallery at KelbyOne (in the Tampa, Florida area). 

We’ll be broadcasting a live 1-hour interview (hosted by Larry Becker) with Stephen at 8:00 p ET that evening from our theatre (the live stream on Facebook from the opening and interview are open to everyone). More details and a link as we get closer to the opening.

Congratulations Stephen – we can’t wait to share your fascinating work with the world. :)

Here’s to an awesome week!

Best,

-Scott

“Yes! I’m so happy that this has taken off and has been well-received. Another fantastic interview! I absolutely love his impressions. He’s snuck a few of them in on the Grid from time to time. Great job Kalebra! And great interview Dave!”

That’s a quote from one of our members, talking about this new interview series from Kalebra called “The Personal Side of…. The series is well-named, as it unveils another side of some best-known educators, artists, and photographers in the world. I was thrilled Kalebra got to chat with Dave Black, my hero in sports photography and although I’ve known Dave for years, I learned so much about Dave I didn’t know.

What a fascinating person. He reveals so much about himself in such an honest and real way. It’s what I love about her series.

Her first published interview…
…with UK-based photographer Tim Wallace literally had me in tears — an incredible experience and you’ll find that Dave’s interview is packed with these same type of insightful, personal moments that make it a joy to watch and listen.

There’s much more to these legends than we know from their work behind the camera, and I’m honored that we get to share this other side of our KelbyOne instructors with our members in such an inspiring way. If you’re looking for something uplifting, intriguing, hilarious and just plain entertaining this weekend, give Dave’s “Personal Side’ conversation a try. You’ll be glad you did.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

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