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Happy Friday, everybody! One quick thing, then Photoshop time!

I’m going back to Cali…
I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar on Monday in LA, Wednesday in San Francisco, and Friday in Seattle. It’s not too late to come out and join me. :) Sunday night I’m doing a talk at the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa. It’s gonna be a busy week!

Photoshop Buried Treasure Time
I’ve got another in my series on Photoshop Buried Treasure, and this one is about two little known “Recently Used” menus — one for recently used brushes and one for recently used color swatches. Best of all, it’s all automatic (you just need to know where to look).

If you open the Brush Presets panel (under the Window menu); if you look at the top the panel, you’ll see the last seven brushes you’ve used appear across the top of the panel (as seen above).

Same thing with the color Swatches panel (also found under the Window menu); it puts your last 13 color swatches right across the top of the panel (seen circled above).

Kinda hidden, but kinda handy! :)

We’re only a week in, and things are jumpin!!! Here’s a quick look at some stats, as of yesterday:

> We have 856 Leaders approved for walks

> We have nearly 400 Photowalks up and active

> 66 Leaders have created walks, but haven’t released them publically yet

That’s an awesome start for Week One (can’t believe we already have 400 Photo Walks up and running — that is outstanding! Way to go everybody!

I have just four openings left for my Photo Walk in Lisbon, Portugal. :)

Find a walk near you right now, and come join us Saturday, Oct 7th, 2017 all over the world.

Have a great weekend, everybody and we’ll catch ya back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m excited to announce we’ve added family and newborn photographer (and KelbyOne Instructor), Tracy Sweeney to the Photoshop World Conference 2018 Instructor Roster. She is absolutely awesome (and a favorite with KelbyOne members). She is gonna rock it! :)

It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 10th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne. This photo walk is a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 1,100 cities around the globe hosting walks last year. Best of all, it’s all to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Venice, Italy last year — we’re posed in Venice’s famous St. Mark’s Square, where we started our walked (and we ended at a cafe nearby). Such a great group to walk with. 

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 7, 2017 – two months from today! (here’s a link to the official site)

Q. So Scott, are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
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Absolutely! I’m leading a local photo walk in Lisbon, Portugal (I’ve already posted the details for my Lisbon walk  — I hope if you live in the Lisbon area, or like me, you’ve dreamed of going to Portugal, you can join me). Here’s a link to my walk. :)

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 enjoy being outside with a group of like-minded folks.  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, some drinks, 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).

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). And if you don’t see any in your area, keep checking back because new walks in new cities are being added every day.

Q. Why isn’t there a walk in my city?
A. We don’t choose the cities. Photo walks take a place in a city because a volunteer in that city contacts us and says they are willing to form and lead a walk. Any city can have a walk — it just takes the right person in that city to volunteer to organize a walk. They can apply to lead a walk on the official site.

Q. Is there a fee to participate?
A. There is no fee — it’s totally free. However, each year we do

Q. Does the walk have a social mission?
A. Absolutely. Each year we “Walk with a Purpose” to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Walkers from around the world raise funds to help the orphanage feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help. We do it from simple one-dollar donations. When you sign up for a walk, you’ll have the option (the donation is 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 $24,000. This year we’re trying to hit $30,000, and with your help, we can do it! 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 that would be awesome (and you’ll be helping more than you know), but again, it’s totally optional. By the way, you can give more than a buck if you’d like — some folks give a $hundred — we’ve had folks donate a $thousand, which of course, just makes our head explode with joy!

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Above: Here’s the group shot from the walk I led in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. It was fairly warm, but the people were hot (and I mean that in the nicest non-naughty way possible). Kathy and Barb were there. What could go wrong? ;-)

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.

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Above: That’s a group shot from the walk I led in 2013 in Rome. It was kinda chilly, kinda rainy, but we had so much fun (and some amazing food) and the weather sure didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. 

Q. If I led a walk last year, can I lead a walk again 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: World Wide Photo Walk” and it was sent last week). The subject line reads “Worldwide Photo Walk needs you to lead a walk again this year!”

Q. Is there a photo contest again this year?
A. Absolutely! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local Walk Leader) will get a digital copy of my book, “Photoshop CC for Digital Photographers,” and their winning image is also then entered into the main photo competition vying for even bigger prizes. From those local walk winners I will choose 10-finalists, who all get great prizes, and then I choose a single Grand Prize winner, who just gets an insane amount of stuff.

Q. If I bring my kids, can they enter the contest?
A. Yes! I’m happy to announce that this year we have a special Youth Contest just for walkers under 16-years of age (kids are more than welcome to join a photo walk (we love kids!) but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q. I see on the site that Canon is the Sponsor. Does that mean the Grand Prize might include a camera and a lens?
A. Why, yes it does! Our friends (and official sponsors) at Canon are giving the Grand Prize Winner a Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless camera with an EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS lens, and a Canon Pixma Pro color printer. Plus they win: a $250 B&H Gift Certificate

> $250 B&H Gift Certificate
> Drobo 5D3 5-bay storage solution
> Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Rolling Backpack camera bag
> $500 Westcott Gift Certificate
> Platypod Max, Ultra, and Multi Accessory Kit camera support system
> A one-year membership to the KelbyOne Online Educational Community

How sweet is that! There are other prizes, too!

Q. What do the 10 Finalists win?
A. Lots of fun stuff: 

> $50 B&H Photo Gift Certificate
> $50 Certificate Off Any Drobo On The Drobo Store
> Think Tank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
> $50 Westcott Gift Certificate
> Platypod Ultra camera support with Multi Accessory Kit
> 1-Year Membership to KelbyOne Online Educational Community

 

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Q. I see there is a category for video taken during the walk. What’s the prize?
A. Our friends from Canon are giving away a Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above), to the best video submitted from the walk. The kit includes a Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens; a Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.). 

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Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Sydney, Australia in 2015. We started our walk at the world famous Sydney Opera House. 

Q. Are any cities with Photo Walks organized yet?
A. Yes! We already have walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day! From Cairo, Egypt, to Raleigh, North Carolina — from Newcastle upon Tyne, England to Woodland, Florida — from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands to Gig Harbor, Washington — from Acre, Israel; to Inveraray, Scotland, from Tabriz, Iran and Sioux City, South Dakota — there are walks all over the world who would love to have you join them!

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Tarpon Springs Photo Walk a few years back. My wife and I made a very dear friend on that photo walk.

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Above: That’s a group shot from my London Photo Walk two years ago. Hybrid Dave and Hybrid Peter are in there somewhere. Two top men. My friend Bryan is in there. So is Brad. Mike is there, too! Lots of cool folks.

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 you’re 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)

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Above: This is the group that I led in Ybor City, Florida back in 2009. I hated these people. Of course, I’m just kidding – they were awesome – I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Worked, didn’t it? ;-)

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 get lots of love. And admiration from your walkers (and me). You also get the eBook edition of my bestselling “Photoshophsop CC book for Digital Photographers,” 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 a copy of the same ebook as well (and judging a photo competition is a lot of fun. While it’s tough to narrow things down to just one winner, it’s also fun because you get to see lots of beautiful images in the process).

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Paris, France photo walk. Yes, that’s is our friend (and Photoshop World instructor) Serge Ramelli standing next to my wife Kalebra. You get extra points if you recognized Serge from my Rome walk group shot as well. 

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
We have that, too! It’s our way of honoring the photographic work of our dedicated and talented leaders. The best image submitted from a leader will win a prize package that includes a Canon Mirrorless camera and lens, plus a Pixma Pro lens and loads of other prizes. It’s our best leader prize package yet!

Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for Walkers & Leaders?
A.You betcha! Here’s the link. (order yours right now so you can wear it during for the walk and look all cool and everything, like the model you see in the photo above — but even cooler).

100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya for the feeding, medical needs, clothing, education and care for these great kids. Last year, with our friend Rob Jone’s help, we raised nearly $6,000 just from these t-shirt sales alone (imagine how much $6,000 alone means to a small orphanage).

Here’s the link to the t-shirt store (they come in multiple styles and colors).

NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders —  we’ll be posting a link on your leader’s dashboard).

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Above: OK, not exactly a posed group shot, but it is my group, seen here in a behind-the-scenes shot from the very FIRST Photo walk ever — back in 2008 – this one is in Dunedin, Florida.

Q. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing. Where do I go?
A. 
There’s a FAQ on the Website (here’s the link) but it’s a lot of the same stuff I have here, but there is some contact info if you need to get in touch with us directly.

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 #wwpw2017).

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 7th.

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,

-Scott

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. :)

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The Walk Leader competition is always one of the hardest to judge because there are so many great entries from so many talented leaders, and this year there were such really wonderful entries, that it made my job a whole lot tougher for sure.

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 some recognition, so I’m displaying those first, then we’ll reveal our winner.

Without further ado, I present our 10 Walk Leader Competition honorable mentions (in no particular order):

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Leader / Photographer: Bart Baylon
Photo Walk: Pastrana Park, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Cheryl Hoffman
Photo Walk: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Leader / Photographer: Sandip De
Photo Walk: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Leader / Photographer: Matthew Armsby
Photo Walk: Windsor, England

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Leader / Photographer: Hany Fouad
Photo Walk: Suez, Egypt

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Leader / Photographer: Allan Pinedo
Photo Walk: Malecon de Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

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Leader / Photographer: Christiani Berer 
Photo Walk:
Graz, Austria

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Leader / Photographer: Paul Gotiong
Photo Walk: Pasil Fish Market, Cebu, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Rachel Bilodeau
Photo Walk: Montréal, Canada

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Leader / Photographer: Gustavo Barrios Ramirez
Photo Walk: Xalapa, Mexico

AND NOW…FOR THE 2016 LEADER COMPETITION WINNER!
When the images are this good, any one of these above easily could have been chosen as the winning image, but I could only pick one, and I think it’s an awesome image, so please join in congratulating our 2016 Walk Leader Competition Winner:

during the 2016 NFL Season in a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Leader / Photographer: Mohammed Saeid
Photo Walk: Cairo, Egypt

Comment: This shot is wonderfully composed, and I love the low angle; the texture; and the man and child on the left, but what I think really makes this image special is how all the colors work together — the warm tones outside and then that fantastic blue inside the shop, and that splash of orange to the right of the man — it all works so perfectly. Add in the perfect placement of that foreground chair and it takes it right over the top for me. Really a well-crafted image.

Mohammed will receive a Westcott Ice Light with Barn Doors; a $200 Gift Card from B&H Photo; a Drobo 5Dt (Turbo) Hard drive array; and a $50 Lensprotogo.com Gift Certificate for winning this year’s Leader Competition.

Congratulations to all the Photo Walk Leaders Competition honorees and our winner!

All my best,

-Scott

Ana Andres-Arroyo, from the Southbank, London Photo Walk received the most votes for her wonderful image (below):

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For having her image chosen as People’s Choice winner, Ana will receive:

> A $250 Gift Certificate to B&H Photo
> An Apple TV
> A 1-year membership to KelbyOne Online Training
> The Exposure X2 Bundle From Alien Skin Software
> Tether Tools Case Relay Power System

Congratulations to Ana for this great capture (that reflection is awesome!), and thanks to everybody who voted in the official “People’s Choice” voting this year. :-)

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We still have the Photo Walk Leader’s Competition winner announcement coming on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend everybody — here’s wishing you one with lots of great images.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My wife Kalebra and I are collaborating on a new personal photo project, and we have our first location shoot in the series on Monday. Very excited to tell you more about it next week. :) 

Picking the winners — it’s one of the toughest things I do
…and this was among the hardest ever, because the entries were just so strong this year. It’s why I’m posting the winners so late today — I’ve struggled all day with picking the right one.

I didn’t want 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 searched 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.

Each image I considered was already chosen as a “winner” by the walk leaders, from over 1,000 walks all around the world. Narrowing it down to just 10-finalists and one Grand Prize Winner — 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, and that’s what I’ve done today.

Even though this round of judging is over …
We still have our People’s Choice Award coming 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.

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

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By Fatemeh Rowshan (Mashhad, Iran)
There’s so much more going on there than you see at first glance. Everything in this image — all the graphical elements — they all work together so beautifully. The round shapes up top, and the triangles below, placing the gentleman in the valley between them — in all that white space — it’s just so graphically pleasing. The color of the sifter, and then his purple shirt and coat (why is he wearing a dress shirt and sports coat in this environment — it’s beautifully out-of-place), and then the green pyramids on either side of him — I just love it.

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By Joonas Radland (Turku, Finland Photo Walk)
I love shots where you just want to know what the story is. Take that, and add interesting light, and now I’m really intrigued and that’s how this shot wound up there. What’s going on in that room to the left? Who are those people? Are they in court? Is it a funeral? A museum perhaps? Who is she texting? I so want to know the rest of the story.

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By Ashwin Chathuruthy (Lambertville, New Jersey, USA Photo Walk)
A lot of folks submitted photos of cute kids, cats and puppies, and this shot of course has a very cute kid, but there’s so much else going on here than just that. The colors are just too perfect — the red and yellow with the green in his sleeve, and his blue eyes, and the super soft-light on his face, and his expression, and the leading lines, and…it’s just a wonderful picture. I’m glad I saw it.

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By Cindy Nielson (Tooele, Utah USA Photo Walk)
Take dramatic clouds, add beautiful color — mountains like an island in the distance and add a wonderful reflection and it adds up to a breathtaking photo. It makes you want to be there, and I think that’s quite a compliment for any image. Nicely done, indeed.

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By Kellie Carey (Georgetown, Kentucky, USA Photo Walk)
The color and composition caught me right away on this shot, and I think the post-processing is spot on. The sun is perfectly placed in the scene and the shadows it casts, and the way it falls makes it almost look like a painting.

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Ana Goncalo (Covilha, Portugal Photo Walk)
This one stopped me immediately with its arresting colors and wonderful composition. The photographer took something so simple and really made it interesting with their sharp angle of attack. Also, the way the window on the left is cracked open — it’s so subtle, but it adds that little extra something. In the end though, it’s the contrast of colors and their bright pop (and those extra bright shingles near the top). Really a cool shot. Wish I’d taken it.

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By Gremaud Thomas (Johannasburg, South Africa Photo Walk)
The light here is just so awesome, and the black-and-white treatment works so well with this picture that you can’t even imagine it in color, and you wouldn’t want to. It may well be up for “Leading lines photos of the year” but it’s much more than that — this is really an image about graphic shapes and light, and it’s beautifully executed. My hat’s off to the photographer.

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By Juan Francisco Mananares (Montreal, Canada Photo Walk)
I would have been tempted to rent a white Rolls Royce and just have it pull up in front of this amazing cathedral so I could make a picture like this. It’s so moody (great post processing), and the way the automobile stands out from the background is just too perfect — like something straight out of a movie. That’s how it feels to me — like the viewer stumbled upon a classic movie scene. That’s quite a compliment.

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By Don Johnson (Boise, Idaho USA Photo Walk)
I generally don’t go for the wild artsy stuff, but there’s just something about this particular shot that I just love. It’s a bit crazy, but not too over-the-top, and I really love the way the curvy lines all work with each other. It’s like the artist showed a certain amount of restraint with the effect — they could have taken it way too far, but stopped in a place that helped a certain amount of realism where it goes between photography and painting. Of course, the whole thing could be a reflection in some other object, in which case, I’m even more impressed, but no matter how the artist got here, there’s something here.

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Mac Oliver Lingat ( Pampanga, Philippines Photo Walk)
I know you may think this type of shot is “done to death” because there’s always a number of shots submitted, and in the running each year that have this dark, smokey, Blade Runner-esque kind of look, but there’s more to this one. I want to know what’s going on, why is there smoke coming in (is somebody running a smoke machine out there?), and I want to know what the numbers mean on the far right, and I just want to know more, and I think that says a lot for the image.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is…

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Lisa Jones (Dallas, Texas USA Photo Walk)
There’s just so many wonderful things going on in what appears to be such a simple photo. From the light, the texture, the contrast in colors — everything just works together, but what I think makes this image so great is the oval shape of the flying dough against this backdrop. Everything in this image is a rectangle — even our subject here in black — it’s all rectangles, from the bricks to the light switches, to the table, to the straight lines of the electrical conduit — then you have this flying oval and that makes this such a captivating moment. It’s just too perfect. Look at the light falling on the flying dough itself. Then, the way the photographer gave room for the dough to move above the dough itself (instead of cropping it too closely) — just very well composed and wonderful timing on the photographer’s part. Add in the “Dallas” tattoo on his arm, and the dough on his apron, and the way the brick wall just happened to turn dark near the top making the dough stand out against it — it’s a very strong image  — one I kept coming back to again and again, and if something keeps drawing you in, there must be a reason.

Congratulations, Lisa — You are our 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Grand Prize Winner! 

Thanks to Canon USA and all our sponsors
A special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Canon USA, (who gave us some amazing Canon prizes, and helped us launch our new video category) 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.

A personal thanks and shoutout to this year’s awesome Leader coordinator, our own Jeanne Jilleba, who totally kicked butt keeping the communication flowing and things moving in a 1,000+ cities around the world. Thanks Jeanne!

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

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

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Happy Monday, everybody! It’s Worldwide Photo Walk winners week, and here’s our schedule:

Today: Our new Video Category (for video taken during the photo walk).
Tomorrow: The Finalists and Grand Prize Overall Winner of the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk
Friday: The People’s Choice Award Winner
Next Monday: The Photo Walk Leaders Competition

This is the first year we’ve added this new “Video shot during the photo walk” category, and Canon USA (our sponsor) was gracious enough to make a pretty amazing prize available for the winner of this new category. The Video Category winner receives:

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The Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above). The  kit includes the new Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 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 Rob Altman of Canon USA for his vision, support, and for helping us launch this new category in such a meaningful way — Canon has been an absolutely AWESOME sponsor!!! 

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.

AND THE WINNER IS…RICHIE REYNAN  TAN for his video “Camaraderie” 

Congratulations to Richie Reynan Tan — that looks like an awesome photo walk! :)

Other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, still deserve a mention:

This one is from Christopher Arnold from Stuart, Florida

This one was just so cute! Susie Lee with her video: “Her First Roll of Film.”

From Adam Carter with this video Out Photo Walking 2016. I like this guy (you have to stick with this one — it gets stronger as it goes)

From the Gamcheon Cultural Village PhotoWalk, South Korea Photo Walk, by Carlos Vasquez. It just looks like a fun time! (and isn’t fun just the best thing to have?)

I liked this one from Egypt by Kahled AboBakr— they look like a great group of photographers. :)

OK, last one: This is from the Ft. Worth, Texas Stockyards by Brandi Korte (I actually did a photo walk there once as part of a conference I was speaking at). Great area for a photo walk.

Thanks for letting me share all of these with you; congrats once again to our prize winner Reynan, and a big, big thanks to the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Official Sponsor, Canon USA, for making this new video category a reality. :)

See you tomorrow for the big reveal of the 10 Finalists and the overall Grand Prize Winner! Somebody’s getting an amazing camera! :)

All my best,

-Scott

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