Each year, it’s one of the toughest things I do — looking at images that have already been chosen as “local winners” (by the walk leaders themselves), and then going through the best shots from nearly 1,000 walks around the world and narrowing it down to just 10-finalists and one Grand Prize Winner.
Today’s the day! (it’s a week later than we had planned — we had hundreds of leaders who hadn’t picked winners yet, so we had to go through the process of picking them ourselves, and naming local winners). But at 12:00 noon New York Time today I’ll be revealing the best of the best — the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize winner.
In the meantime, here’s a link to an easy-to-use worldwide time zone calculator.
I hope you’ll stop back by then and join me in celebrating the work of these talented photographers from around the world.
See you then,
Hey everyone, Brad here with a quick update on where we are with all things Worldwide Photo Walk! Here’s what to expect in the coming days…
Scott will be announcing the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists right here at ScottKelby.com this coming Monday, November 9.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open until Tuesday, November 10 (you need to be logged in to cast your vote for this award), and the winner will be announced soon thereafter.
And the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists of the Leader Competition will be announced next week as well.
Sorry for the delay in the announcements, but you’ll find out who the winners are soon! Make sure your email address on your Photo Walk account is up to date in case you’re one of the winners and we need to get in touch with you. And a big thanks to everyone who participated this year and made it another great event! (more…)
Greetings from Queenstown, New Zealand (we popped over here after our visit to Sydney), where we’re pretty tired, but we still have big smiles on our faces from the amazing weekend that was.
First, before we go on — the group photo above is of the awesome group of photographers I led in Sydney, Australia as part of the Worldwide Photo Walk (photo by Keith McInnes, who not only took this shot, but helped me immeasurably in coordinating my first ever visit to Australia). That’s us in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House (more on that story in a different post, but many thanks to the great folks at Destination NSW for all their gracious help, and for their cool gifts for my walk group in Sydney). But, I did want to say, this was perhaps my best local group yet – just the nicest, most fun, most laid back group — I love them! :)
My favorite thing after the walk is….
…seeing all the group shots from around the world. It’s just so amazing to see smiling, happy groups of photographers from all over the globe all enjoying this social event together. It really puts a song in my heart. Last night, Kalebra and I were huddled up in a quaint restaurant here in New Zealand looking at group shots from Braunschweig, Germany; Davenport, Iowa; London; Singapore; Manila; Kuwait; Cairo; Bolivia; Nova Scotia; and so many more.
Please check out some of these for yourself over on my Facebook page (look for the Oct 3rd post with the balloons and confetti “it’s here!” graphic). I promise you, it’ll put a smile on your face.
This short video is absolutely classic!
Our dear friend Glyn Dewis led a walk in Warwick, England this year, and he got the whole town involved, including the Mayor and the official Town Crier. You’ve got to see this short little video. It defines “classic.” :)
Although the walk is over…
We’ve only just begun – Walk leaders need to pick their local winners; then I have to pick a bunch more, including the Leaders Competition winner; and this year we’ve tightened up the timeline so it doesn’t take so long to get all this done. Leaders: look for an email from us with deadlines and details coming very soon!
My thanks to all the walk leaders!
Ask anyone who has led a walk before — it’s tremendously more work than it seems, and the leaders who take it seriously, really work their butts off to make their walk a success, and I wanted to share my humble thanks for all you did to get your city a walk. I know your walkers appreciate what you do, but I wanted you to know that I absolutely do, too! :)
If you haven’t shared your group shot yet, you can share it here in my comments (the image or post a link), or over on my Facebook page (http://facebook.com/skelby) – I for one would LOVE to see them!!!!
Thanks to everyone who participated in walks around the world this year — and especially those who donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage, along with all our wonderful sponsors, including our Platinum sponsor Canon, without whom we could never pull off a worldwide event of this scale in the first place.
Cheers, and lots to more to come!
P.S. Here’s a few snaps (below) from my group, mostly after our walk at a great pub in the Rocks district of Sydney.
It’s here!!! Today in nearly a thousand cities around the world my 8th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tonight nearly 20,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. 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:
We’re just 2 days away and then we’re walkin’ – so exciting!!! :)
IMPORTANT: I’ve created a series of six videos packed with camera tips and photo tips just for folks who are registered for my Photo Walk this Saturday. If you’re registered, keep an eye out for an email from me (that looks like the graphic above), and the sender is “Worldwide Photo Walk” (if you don’t have it, check your junk mail).
Anyway, I wanted to do these videos this year to help folks get their best photo walks images yet, and I hope you find it helpful.
OK, I’ll be back tomorrow with some last minute tips to help make your walk a safe and successful one, so make sure you check back here then.
All my best,