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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

Happy Monday, everybody. :) (That’s the Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Photo Walk Group Photo above).

We had lots of leaders asking for extra time to submit their picks for the best shot from their walk (yours truly included), so we’re extending the deadline to tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT).

Pasadena, California, USA

So….get those entries in, because we’ve moved up our timelines for all the contests this year (so it doesn’t drag on), so let’s get rolling, ya’ll. :)

Have a better than average day! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re in Phoenix or Houston, in just one week from TODAY I’m bringing my Lightroom seminar there (well, I’m in Houston on Wednesday, but ya know). Come on out (it’s just $99 for the full-day, and it’s 100% money back guaranteed to totally rock). Details and tickets here. 

Hi gang, and happy Friday! (Thanks to Photo Walk leader Fernando Santos for this shot from the Sintra, Portugal walk).  

One of my personal favorite parts of the Worldwide Photo Walk is seeing the group shots from around the world. I love seeing the big smiles, and the personalities, and I love how some groups went all out, making banners, printing their own t-shirts, and seeing all the wonderful places that participated — it reminds me how creative things like photography, music, and art draw us together as people, and well, it just does my heart good. :)

Today I want to share some of these awesome group shots (people either posted a link to them here on my blog earlier in the week, but mostly over on my Facebook page). If you didn’t send in yours, just post a link below (make sure to include your city and country) and I’ll add them to this post). Here we go!

Doha, Qatar
Tokyo, Japan
Angono, Rizal, Philippines
Angono, Rizal, Philippines
Antibes, France
Bent Creek, Western North Carolina, USA
Braunschweig, Germany
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Calle Lencha, Costa Rica
Cebu City, Philippines
Cebu City, Philippines
Central London, UK
Danao City, Cebu, Philippines
Davao City, Philippines
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA
Doha Pinoy Shooters Club, Doha, Qatar
Georgetown, Texas
Krefeld Hüls, Germany
Hafa Adail, Guam
Heritage Walk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
High River, AB Canada
Lenoir, North Carolina, USA
Lisbon, Portugal (morning)
Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
Valletta, Malta
Manila, Philippines
Maria, ilocos sur, Philippines
Marietta, Ohio (USA)
Monterrey, Mexico
Montréal, Canada
Mumbai City. India
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Norrköping, Sweden
Northern Mindanao. Philippines
North West Indiana, USA
Panama City, Florida, USA
Aye Dela Cruz POP team, Philippines
Quezon City, Phillippines
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Redding, California, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sintra, Portugal with Cheeky Nando!
South Texas Botanical Gardens, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Southport, North Carolina, USA
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sykesville, Maryland, USA
Titusville, Florida, USA
Vienna, Austria
Wagon Wheel Flea Market, Pinellas Park, Florida, USA
Wallace, Idaho, USA
Wallace, Idaho, USA
Wesel, Germany
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Fort Pierce, Florida USA
Guangzhou, China
Ocean City, Maryland, USA
Saint Jospeh, Michigan, USA
Tripoli, Libya
Ventura, California, USA
Rome, Italy
Pila, Poland
Vilnius, Lithuania

Are those some awesome groups, or what!!! :) :) :)

Now the photo competition phase starts, and I’ll have lots more on that, on Monday. In the meantime, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you back here then. :)

Best,

-Scott

Good morning, everybody from fascinating Marrakech, Morocco (we came here after my Photo Walk in beautiful Lisbon, but we’re heading back home tomorrow). Here’s the group shot from my Libson walk – I was very fortunate to have another great group of photographers, along with some of my friends join me on the walk, including Fernando Santos, Peter Treadway, Dave Williams, Roby Pisco, Mimo Meidany, Kathy Baitson and her/our new friend Gabby, Mike McCaskey, Piotr Trumpiel, and my big brother Jeffrey).

We had such a great walk, thank to perfect weather and an absolutely awesome walk route created by my friend Lisbon photographer Fernando Santos. What a perfect place for a photo walk. It was cool to meet everybody, including many who came from all over Europe to join us for a day of photos and fun. It was a perfect way to celebrate the 10th year of this Worldwide Photo Walk. :)

Group Shots From Around the World
One of the highlights for me each year, is seeing the group shots from around the world come pouring in — it’s such a treat to see all those smiling faces, from every part of the globe, having fun and enjoying one of the great joys of being a photographer, which is hanging out with other photographers and making new friends in the process.

I’m still in Morocco (where the Internet upload speeds at our Airbnb apartment are among the slowest on the planet), I’m not going to be able to share group shots here, but folks are posting lots of them from walks all over the world over on my Facebook page (here’s the link). When I get back home, I’ll do another post and feature those shots, so post ’em here, post ’em there, but I’ll post them all when I get back. I get such a kick out of seeing all the group shots – it really means so much to me to see all the different folks that participated.

Thanks for helping the Orphanage (and if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late)
Thanks to all the gracious photographers who donated to help those less fortunate by donating to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, which this photo walk has adopted as our own. We’re behind last year’s numbers, so I hope you’ll find a way to help out with a donation — they are really counting on it.

OK, we’re off to wander the busy streets of Marrakech today — lots of photos and stories to share when I get back, but I have to at least share this one (below) — something we were just not expecting to see yesterday on our road trip to the ocean.

Thanks to everybody who participated in walks around the world. Hope you got lots of great shots, made some new friends, and maybe even saw a goat tree or two (hey, it’s possible). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

It’s here and I’m so excited (and I can’t believe this is the 10th year in a row!)
Greetings from gorgeous Lisbon, Portugal where this morning I’m leading a local walk here with 50 awesome photographers (and some of my dear friends from around the world, including my “Lisbon Connection” Fernando “Cheeky Nando” Santos) as part of my 10th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by the great folks at CanonUSA.

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from me and the crew:

1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2017
On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photo walk using the hashtag #WWPW2017.

2. Post your group shots here
One of my biggest thrills is seeing the Group Shots from walks all over the world come in, so if you have yours, please send me the link or leave me a link here in the comments so I can share them. DON’T FORGET to tell me your city and country for your group shot (in fact, it’s really helpful if you name your file with the city name and country, too!).

3. Keep an eye out for an email from us on where to upload your images to share with your other walkers
Once the walk is completed, we will ALSO email all of you so you’re aware of how to upload a picture for the optional walk competition.

4. A big, big thanks to our sponsors, including our premiere sponsor Canon, for their gracious support and awesome prizes:


Here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!

Cheers,

-Scott

 

P.S. Don’t forget that the Spring of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya is counting on us – I urge you to give the $1 donation and help some kids you don’t even know, which is makes it all the better because you’re truly giving from your heart. 

It’s here!!! Tomorrow, in a thousand cities around the world, my 10th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night collectively we will have taken literally millions of photos. How cool is that!!!!

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet: go here right now – find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).

If you’re already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:

(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leader’s Video

If you’re leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leader’s Dashboard page on the Official Worldwide Photo Walk site and watch my video called my: “Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk.” There is some VERY important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk.

(2) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Remember to take a group shot before you head out for your walk (it’ll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Post them here, or post a link to them here, and I’ll post ’em on my blog next week and over on my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/skelby

(3) This is The Gear I’m Taking on My Photo Walk
I’m going with a Canon 5D Mark IV body with just one lens; a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. I’ll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and a Lexar 64GB 1000X CF card.

(4) Don’t Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy. Don’t forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).

(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure you’ve got an empty memory card and a back-up.

(6) Brings LOTS of water (and drink lots of water!)
This is key! You don’t want to dehydrate on your walk – you want to have 100% fun the whole time, so make sure you drink plenty of water before the walk, and during the walk – it makes a big difference in your enjoyment of the walk, and your safety and well being.

(7) The Most Important Thing Is… That You All Stay Safe
Look out for each other on the walk.
 Don’t go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Don’t get distracted by shooting – you don’t want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.

Special thanks to Canon, the official Photo Walk sponsor, who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest portion of the walk this year) and to all our wonderful sponsors who made all of this happen, and to all the dedicated photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.

Also, a very special thanks to our Walk Leader Coordinator, Jeanne Jilleba, who once again did an absolutely outstanding job from start to finish.

My humble thanks to you all for being a part of this historic photography event. Can’t wait to see your shots!!!!!!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. Check your email for an email from us today, with a video about the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and make sure you watch our Photo Walk tips videos from yesterday – it’ll help you make better images, stay safe, and have more fun. 

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