Here’s our “Week One” update (the official launch was just one week ago):
So far we have 564 walks already planned all around the world. (you can see some of the cities that created walks just this weekend, listed above). What an amazing start!!! Also, a big high-five to everyone who has been kicking in the requested $1 donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They’ve never needed your help more, and we’re indebted to you for helping (especially to those who have kicked in $50 to make sure everyone in your local walk was covered — how cool is that!). There’s some very special people out there (you know who you are). :)
So, that’s the update part, but today we’ll be focusing on a question and comment I get any time I mention a new city has come on board with a photo walk, and that question isâ¦
“Why isn’t there a Photo Walk in My City?”
Just so you know; we don’t actually pick the cities where walks are held. In each case a photographer in that city has graciously volunteered to organize and lead a Photo Walk as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk. They went to the official Website (here’s the link) clicked on the link called “Lead a Walk” and they filled out an application to lead a walk in their city.
These applications are reviewed by the WWPW team and if we determine the applicant has the organizational background to successfully plan and lead a walk, then we approve their walk and they have 72-hours to set up their Photo Walk page and post it so people can join.
How do photographer learn about walks in their city? If they search on the official Worldwide Photo Walk website, it’ll list cities near them with direct links for more info and to sign up, but for a walk to really be a success, most leaders help spread the word in their local community through social media, camera clubs, photo meet-up groups etc.. Some leaders get the local media involved, and each year we see dozens of news stories, articles, TV coverage and more, so it all makes a difference in getting a great turnout.
I hope that helps clear up some confusion and the idea that we (here at KelbyOne) actually choose the cities. The only city I chose is London because that’s where I’m leading a local walk this year (very excited , too!).
Here’s wishing you lots of happy photo walkers, and my humble thanks to everyone who has already signed up to lead a walk (or has done so for multiple years, as many of you have, and we’re so very grateful that you do). :)
****NOTE:Sign-ups for the walks will be open today at 3:00 PM (New York Time).****
I'm very excited to announce the official date for: Scott Kelby's 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walkâ„¢ (the world's largest Photo Walk, with walks in over 1,200 cities last year) and we want you to be a part of this fun, free, global, photography social event.
Here's a quick Q&A with all the details.
Q. When is the official Photo Walkâ„¢ day? A. The official date is Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Q. What exactly is a Photo Walk? A. Watch the short video clip above and you'll get the idea.
Q. Is there a fee to participate ? A. It's totally free, but this year we’re “Walking with a Purpose” and by that I mean we’re hoping you will find it in your heart to donate just $1 to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya when you sign up for your walk. We’re trying to raise $50,000 to help them feed, clothe and house some wonderful children. 100% of your $1 goes directly to the orphanage (it’s a very small orphanage, housing 33 kids, but feeding many more each day). So, if you could donate $1 when you’re on the site (just one buck) you have no idea what a difference it will make (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping. This year, we walk with a purpose. :)
Q. If I have led a walk or participated in previous years, can I use the same login info to sign up for a walk this year? A. No. To save everyone the hassle of trying to remember or retrieve their login info, we’re asking you to create a new account this year. That way we know we have your current email address so you don’t miss out on important messages.
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 full-year of KelbyOne Online (normally $249) but their image is also entered into the main photo competition vying for thousands of dollars in prizes. From those winners (chosen by the local walk leaders) I choose 10-finalists, who all get tons of great prizes, and then I choose a Grand Prize winner. Plus, there's a People's Choice award winner as well, as voted on by the walkers themselves.
Q. I watched the video and I see that Canon is the Sponsor. Does that mean there's a really cool Grand Prize? A. You know it. Canon is giving the Grand Prize Winner Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens.How sweet is that!
Q. Can I still come if I don't shoot a Canon camera? A. Of course â” the photo walk is open to everybody, no matter what type of camera you use (but of course you might just win that new 70D in the photo competition â” hey, ya never know!)
Q. Are there more prizes for the photo competition part? A. You bet! Everything from subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle, to Wacom tablets, B&H Photo Gift Cards, and more. I'll have a blog post about ALL the prizes next week, but the list is getting cra-zay! (we have some awesome sponsors!)
Q.Do you have any cities signed up with Photo Walks yet? A. Yupâ”we already have nearly 250 walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day!
Q. How did those cities gets walks already? A. We give the previous year's Photo Walk leaders advance notice to lead a walk again in the current year (after allâ”they're seasoned leaders).
Q. So are you leading a Local Walk again this year? A. Absolutely! I'm planning on leading a walk in Swingin’ London baby, Yeah! (but I’m running into a logistical problem so I haven’t posted my walk up there yet. Hope to in a day or so once I get it worked out).
Q. How can I find out if there's a walk in my area? A. Go to the official Worldwide Photo Walk website and click on the "Find Walks" link at the top right, then type in the city, state, and/or country where you want to walk, and if there are any walks already organized, they'll be listed on the right side (and you'll see pins on the map in your area). And if you don't see any in your area, keep checking back because, like I said before, new walks are being added every day.
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, etc., you're likely to get accepted 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)
Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition? A. Absolutely not. This is a totally separate part of the experience, and if you don't want to enter your images, you absolutely don't have to (it's just to make the experience more fun, and if you don't think joining the contest is fun, you surely don't have to upload even a single photo for the contest). You can go and shoot for the day, and never let anyone see your photos. Ever. They can be your private "secret" photos.
Q. Did you get any complaints about how the winners were chosen? A. Are you kidding? Absolutely! People get pretty cranked if they think one of their images deserved to be the winner but wasn't chosen by their leader or by me as a finalist. I have people send me angry emails because their leader picked what they (and their friends) think is the "wrong photo," but heyâ”that's the thing about artâ”it's subjective. At the end, I pick one grand prize winner, and 10 finalists, and I catch some heat for that, too, but I'm OK with it. Surprisingly, I've never heard one single complaint about my picks from any of the winners. ;-)
Q. What do I get for being a Photo Walk LEADER? A. Love. You gets lots of love. You also get a full year of KelbyOne Online Training (normally $249) and you get to pick the best shot from your local Photo Walk group and award them with a year as well Plus, that person you chose is entered into the grand prize competition for a bunch of insane prizes (or they could wind up as one of my top-10 finalists, and still win lots of cool prizes). We also have a "People's Choice Award" where you vote for the best shot, and a special competition just for Photo Walk leaders.
Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS? A. We have that, too! We started it two years as a way to honor the work of our leaders (we'll contact the leaders after the walk with info on how to enter an image in the Leader's competition), and we're doing it again this year.
Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for walkers & leaders? A. You betcha! Each year, our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, who came up with idea of selling t-shirts to raise money for (you guessed it), the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts will go to feeding and care for these great kids. Last year (with Rob's gracious help and contributions) we raised over $10,000 just last year (imagine how much $10,000 means to an orphanage in Africa). I'm so grateful that Rob wanted to help us once again this year (Rob rocks!).
We’re going to make a special announcement when the shirts are ready for sale – so make sure you keep checking the Worldwide Photo Walk website!
We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders â” you'll find the link on your leader's dashboard).
We’re hoping to raise $15,000 from the t-shirt sales for the Springs of Hope Orphanage (we can do it!!!!, which means we’d only need to raise $35,000 ($1 at a time) from our walkers to hit our $50,000 goal.
Q. What happens when a city 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, so definitely get 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. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing; what's involved, how do I sign up, and all that stuff. Where do I go? A. There's a detailed FAQ on the Website (here's the link), and once you're signed up for a walk, we've made it much easier for your Walk Leader to keep you up-to-date with messages on your local Walk page.
Q. Where do I go for the latest Photo Walk information? A. We are going to keep making regular posts on the Worldwide Photo Walk website. You’ll hear from people like RC Concepcion,BradMoore, JBon– and I'll be popping in there as well. From tips, new prize alerts, and general information – it’ll be a great source for you to check regularly through this signup period.
Q. So when can I sign up to be either a walker or a Walk Leader? A. Starting at 3:00 pm today (New York Time) Here's the link, and I hope you join us this year as we “Walk with a Purpose, to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage” and as we make worldwide photographic history once again!
And the winner isâ¦.2013 Official Photo Walk Leader Dave Lord for the bridge image you see above (Dave didn’t include his city name). It’s really hard picking just one image out of all the entries from around the world, and the moodiness and composition of this image just kept me coming back to it. It’s muted color palette and atmosphere really make it interesting and I love the post production on it. A really executed shot.
There were some other really great entries from our Photo Walk Leaders, and even though they didn’t win a prize, I thought these 10 deserved some attention as Honorable Mentions. Here they are:
Above: By Photo Walk Leader ananon105, Quartzsite, Arizona
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Christophe Levet, Grenoble City, France
Above: From Photo Walk Leader Ahmed Waheib
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Howard Ignatius, Morro Bay, CA
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Liette Chamberland
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Max Black, Manchester, England
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Mohamed Mekhamer, Cairo, Egypt
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Paul Gotiong
Above: By Photo Walk Leader photodaddi
Above: By Photo Walk Leader Pierre Bisson
Congratulations once again to Dave Lord, and to our Honorable Mentions above, and of course to all the Photo Walk Leaders around the world who submitted such great images. A special thanks to all the Leaders for taking their time and talents to make these walks available to so many photographers everywhere as part of my 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. My hats off to you all. Until next yearâ¦.
Rather than just In addition to posting 55 images and descriptions in the world’s longest blog post, last night Matt, RC and I did a video webcast to showcase and discuss some of the amazing images that just missed the final cut to be either finalists or the Grand Prize winner.
Best Shot Of A Kid On A Raft Calvin Alcala (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Leaf (or whatever it is) On Bars Marco Van Apeldoorn (Graveland, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of A Woman Wearing A Headband Looking Up Through Slats Amado Ill Reyes (Baguio City, Philippines)
Best Abstract Looking Shot Of Person Standing On A Cool Sidewalk Matthew Short (Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, UK)
Best Shot Of A Laughing Guy Sitting On The Ground Arial Boral (Daraga, Bicol, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Steering Wheel In A Classic Car In Sweden Martina Sjoberg (Eskilstuna Sverige, Sweden)
Best Shot Of A Flower Against The Sky That Looks Like A Painting Carol Eade (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Dog That The Photographer Risked Their Life To Take Piotr Siemienas (Eblag, Poland)
Best Planet Of The Apes Looking Shot Kevin Miller (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Best Shot Of A Cool Looking Thing With Great Color And A Nice Reflection John Roushkolb (Kansas City, Missouri)
Best Shot Of Construction Workers In The Sky Zenald Baclayon (Lungsod, Cebu, Gitnang Visaya, Philippines)
Best Shot Of An Upside Down Reflection Skyler Burt (Muscat, Oman)
Best Shot Of A Perfectly Lit Sleeping Fox AC Jacobs (Binghamton, New York)
Best Shot Of A Not Abstract Enough To Be Abstract Blue Building Slawek Lekacz (Birmington, UK)
Best Shot Of A Skateboarder Jumping Onto A Wall Cristina Ramirez (Brooklyn, New York)
Best Post Processing On A Shot Of An Arrow Sign And Power Lines Tracy Salava (Clay Center, Kansas)
Best Shot Of A Child With Bread Wessam Ghazy (Gazirat Ad Dahab, Giza, Egypt)
Best Symmetrical Shot Of A Bike Breaking The Rules Ruben Dario Sanchez (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Best Shot Of Cool Looking Circular Stairs Lorenzo Montezemolo (San Francisco, California)
Best Shot Of A Reflection From Scott’s Walk In Rome That Turned Out Better Than He Thought It Would Marco Censoplano (Rome, Italy)
Best Shot Of Kids Playing Soccer Taken Through Two Rings David Sury (Prague, Czech Republic)
Best Shot Of A Photographer’s Reflection With Their Hand Up In The Air Michael Ishlove (Toronto, Canada)
Best Shot Of A Happy Guy Carrying Stuff Tamara Hernandez (Taboga, Panama)
Best Light Painting Shot Of A Tumbleweed Thing On Water Petra Ashment (Tooele, Utah)
Best Picture Of a Guy Smoking A Pipe With An Instagram-y Looking Feel Tsafrir Melamed (San Jose, California)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Smoker Sitting On A Bench RafaÅ‚ BaszczyÅ„ski (Warszawa, Polska)
Best Shot Of A Girl Looking Out A Window Ricardo Sanchez (Buenos Aries, Argentina)
Best Shot Of A Shopping Cart Full Of Clocks Jarno Heikkinen (Jyv¤skyl¤, Finland)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Shop From Our Favorite Call Of Duty Map Bartosz Kolonko (Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Best Really Dark Shot With Nice, Subtle Light Nikki Esteban (Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, Philippines)
Best Timeless Looking Shot Of A Barber In Indonesia Donny Datulangi (Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
Best Shot Of People On Top Of A Train Station Nisa Paobunthorn (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand)
Best Shot Of Guys Smashing Stuff With Mallets Kriengsak Talek (Bangkok, Thailand)
Best Shot Of A Guy Standing Outside A Tattoo Parlor Daryl Porter (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Best Shot Of A Wooden Wheel Agains A Wall With Great Texture David Woodward (Yuma, Arizona)
Best Shot Of A Woman With An Umbrella And Child Sitting On Steps Pramit Debmallik (Kolkata, India)
Best Shot Of Someone Sitting On A Bench Reading A Book In Front Of A Large Wooden Door Rashed Almubarak (Kuwait City, Al Asimah Kuwait)
Best Shot From A Superb Carnival Peter Cameron (Perth, Australia)
Best Shot Of Kids On The Ground That’s Probably Staged But We’re Okay With That Ken Chua (Manila, Philippines)
Best Black & White Shot Of Park Benches In The Fall Sean Scally (Belleville, Ontario)
Best Shot Of Plants That Make A Really Cool Pattern Sharon Holck (New York, New York)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Purple Jacket Looking At Meat Stephen Freeman (Osaka, Japan)
Best Shot Of A Monkey With A Great Expression Ness Flores (Jacksonville, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Woman In A Doorway Looking Affectionately At A Man Ines Belkahla (Tunis, Tunisia)
Best Shot Of A Window With Cool Reflections And A Guy Sitting Inside Mark Emirali (Auckland, New Zealand)
Best Long Exposure Shot Of A Ferris Wheel (or some sort of large structure) Niren Mehta (Surat, India)
Best Panning Shot Of A Woman On A Bike Carrying A Bucket Deiter N¶th (Groningen, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Big Yellow Dot On A Wall John Yip (Sydney, Australia)
Best Barely Lit Shot But You Can Still See What’s Going On In The Image Theo Alexiou (Patra, Greece)
Best Black And White Shot Of A Park With Lots Of Bikes And Trees Qrister Almar (Trollh¤ttan, Sweden)
Best Shot Of Someone Dancing In A Really Cool Place Bill Crookston (Glasgow, UK)
Best Shot Of A Lighthouse In Nice Light Brian Bonham (Newport, Oregon)
Best Shot Of A Chain With An HDR Effect Martin Kukielka (Resenberg, Germany)
Although these images didn’t make it into a prize category, they are so good that I really felt they needed special recognition.
People’s Choice Award Voting: We have a special “People Choice” category where you get to vote for your favorite images from the walk, and the People’s Choice winner receives an amazing prize package. Here’s the link to cast your vote.
I’ll have details on the Leader’s Competition here shortly.
Congrats to all the images featured in the video, and best wishes to everyone in the People’s Choice competition. Lots of amazing shots in there!
It’s one of my favorite parts of the Worldwide Photo Walk — the reveal of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but are so good they deserve special recognition). There are over 50 images, and we’re presenting them in a video here on the blog at 10:00 ET (just 90-minutes from now) so I’ll hope you stop by and check them out — some truly amazing images!