On Friday I announced the winner and Honorable Mentions, but this year once again today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although these didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running at one point or another, and I felt they were so great that they deserved some recognition as well.

I think these images, and the one’s you saw on Friday, are actually even better than they first appear because:

  • The photographers weren’t able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
  • Or the time of day (also chosen for them).
  • They had to shoot in whatever lighting conditions at that time
  • They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) to shoot in better light.
  • They were only able to shoot for two hours.

Compare that to most any other photo competition, where the photographers can choose any photo from your photo library, or any photo taken in the past year, etc., but in this case, the photographers hands were really tied.

Yet they came away with images that are totally inspiring and very creative. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images all the more amazing.

You and I could both make the case that any of these shots could have been one of the top 10 official Honorable Mentions, or even the Grand Prize winner which is what made the final picks so incredibly hard again this year, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision, and I did, but it’s harder than it looks. Thanks to everybody who supported my decisions this year. You all have been incredibly gracious and it is much appreciated.

The images that follow are my other favorites that didn’t make their way into a prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:

 

Best Shot From Above
Photo by: Mico Salamanca (San Fernando City, Llocos Philippines)

Best Shot of an Adorable Little Girl
Photo by: Magnar Myrtveit (Amersfoort) 

Best Simple Composition (and use of color)
Photo by: Hylas Kessler (Bleton, Texas)

Best Shot of Another Photo Walker
Photo by: Alexis Miranda (Avilés, Principado de Asturias, Spain)

Yummiest Shot
Photo by: Benjamin Bloom (Burlington, Vermont USA)


Best Shot That I Really Wish Was In Focus
Photo by: Prashant Kulli (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India)


Best Shot of Chairs (and there were plenty)
Photo by: Luis Martinex (Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)

Best Flock of Seagulls
Photo by: Yolande Richard (Cavendish, PE Canada)

Best Shot of a Bird Crying
Photo by: Chase Henderson (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

Best Shot That Gets Better Once You Spot The Subject
Photo by: Victor Kintanar (Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines)

Best Juxtaposition of Color and Form
Photo by: Cindy Gaab (Dallas, Texas USA)

Best Len Flare Shot
Photo by: Jason Bradwell (Des Moines, Iowa USA)

Best Shot With Sun As Subject
Photo by: Jacqueline De Guzman (Doha, Ad Dawhah Qatar)

Best Flower Shot (Well, my favorite anyway)
Photo by: Edmond Joe (Fairfax, Virginia USA)

Best Shot That Looks Like It Was Taken 70 Years Ago
Photo by:Guido Masi, Firenze, Toscana Italia 

Best Non-HDR Shot That Looks Like a Painting
Photo by: Maria Randima Sorensen (Aahrus, Central Denmark Region)

Best Fountain Shot
Photo by: Suraj Lama (George Town, Grand Cayman Islands)

Best “Why Didn’t I Hold My Photo Walk There?” Shot
Photo by: Mikael Servier (Grenoble, RA France)

 

Best Atmospheric Shot
Photo by: Glenn Euloth (Halifax, NS Canada)

Best Silhouette Photo
Photo by: Omer Burney (Karachi, Sindh Pakistan)

 

Best Dramatic Shadowy Shot
Photo by: Annie Jensen (Kobenhavn, Hovedstaden Danmark)

Best Shot Where the Subject is the Shadow
Photo by: Doug Vaughn (Lexington, Kentucky USA)

 

Best HDR at Night Shot
Photo by: Tim Burgess (London, United Kingdom)

Best Shot That Tells a Story
Photo by: RJ Palad (Manilla, NCR Philippines [Intramuros])

Best Shot That’s So Obviously Seattle, But Still Really Good
Photo by: Ben Lucas (Seattle, Washington USA)

Best B&W Shot
Photo by: Jedsada Piamplyachat (Downtown Surin, Thailand)

Most Interesting Flower Shot
Photo by: Sheree Altobelle (Visalia, California USA)

Best Shot Taken From a Moving Vehicle
Photo by: Santiago Perella (Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain)

Best Use of Color in an Non-Architectural Shot
Photo by: Ali Nasri (Tehran, Tehran Iran)

Best Shot Lit With An Off-Camera Flash
Photo by: Sreejith V Raja (Sharjah, Sharjah United Arab Emirates)

Best Water Drops Shot
Photo by: Susan Liepa (Riverside, California USA)

Best Shot Of Something Exploding During Their Photo Walk
Photo by: Artem Zhushman (Mueang Phuket, Phuket Thailand)

Best Shot That Looks Totally Staged
Photo by: Dian Wahya Utami (Parkes, ACT Australia)

 

Best Shot That Just Makes Me Smile Every Time I see It
Photo by: Eddie Greenly (Portland, Oregon USA)

 

My sincere congratulations to every one who entered the contest (it does take guts), and especially to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition.

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.

38 Comments

  1. What we refer to as a CAKB time! 8-)

  2. Always look forward to this post after the Photowalk.

    Thanks Scott! :D

  3. Great images, every single one of them. Love the shoes dangling of the pier/jetty thingy.

  4. Some truly wonderful images. Winners all imho.

  5. Man, really great shots!

    The water drops shot is amazing!

  6. OMG! Photos are great! What cameras does photographers use for making such cool photos?

  7. nice.
    no “best shot for photowalk group picture”, scott? :)

  8. Absolutely amazing series!!!
    Can I make a special shout out to Maria Randima, Aarhus. What an amazing shot and processing. Looks just like the real thing.

  9. Wow, I’m totally inspired. Grabbing my camera and heading out today. Great work, everyone!

  10. Amazing!! What gets me about these shots is that someone (you) had to look through thousands of shots to get the winners and this list of really excellent non-winners.
    Mike

  11. So many great shots! Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing these!

  12. Dear Scott,

    I really enjoyed the shots, many of them could be winner and I wonder how could you select the winner, It was definitely a hard job.

    Thank you for your nice idea.

  13. Wow, another great set of images! I can really see how hard it was to pick the winners vs faves.

  14. Hi Scott,

    You have selected the “Adorable girl” photo from one of the participants of the walk I was in: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/amersfoort-ut-nederland-downtown/ HOwever, this picture is by Jesse Houwing and not by Magnar Myrtveit (Amersfoort) as you can see on the Photowalkpage of Amersfoort UT Nederland- Downtown

  15. All very good but especially excited that PEI makes the list ;-)

  16. I LOVED MY FIRST PHOTOWALK !!!

    How hard would it be to convince you to do the walk Semi-Annually? One Practice Run and One Official??? { BIG SMILE } I’m after the fellowship and photo practice.
    I LOVED IT COMPLETELY!

    (HA! My first instinct was to ask you to do it Quarterly…LOL, but I figured you would roll your eyes.)

    I Tip my hat to you, Mr. Scott! You had your judging duties cut out for you this year. The “Sham-WOW” Facter is off the board with these photos. I love them, each & every one!

    Your Friend,

    Vickie
    from Louisiana

    • Vickie,

      Nothing says you can’t organize your own events starting with the list of participants from this walk! Contact your local walk organizer and I’m sure you can figure something out.

      Up in Burlington, VT we decided that we should get this group together more often for regular meets, walks, and whatnot. Hasn’t happened yet, but I hold out hope that we’ll put together a few before the next world wide walk.

      -Ben

  17. Hey Scott, the shot with the bubbles who contains people is in the city where i live = Grenoble, France !!!! It was the first urban cable car in the world (1934) !!! Funny !! :-)

  18. Wow….some really stunning photos, even the “out of focus” shot (it looks like a Lens Baby was used). Thanks for sharing these with us, Scott.

    –John

  19. Is it me or do the gondola connectors look like downhill skiers in the Genoble shot? Were they designed that way for the lift? I could not get past how iconic the gondolas and the structures looked. Fabulous design, and good shot.

    -Bill Bogle, Jr.

  20. Scott, interesting categories. One of them should actually be
    ‘Best Flock of Seagulls that are not seagulls’, more likely some Calidris species. I am nitpicking, I know, but can’t help it… Fine pictures anyway.

  21. Thanks, Scott! Been enjoying flipping through photo walk photos tonight and catching up on blog entries. A pleasant surprise to see my photo peeking back at me here!

  22. Thoroughly enjoyed these shots and the categories! But you missed the one category I would certainly have won: Best shot that was never sumitted because the idiot photographer missed the deadline for no good rason at all!

    Maybe next year.

  23. So many beautiful pictures to choose from… and I am elated and out of words for choosing our group entry to win the BEST SHOT from ABOVE (the very first picture above). To be among the best out of thousands of entries worldwide is enough honor for our very first photowalk. San Fernando, La Union (not Ilocos), Philippines bagged one of the three best from the Philippines and we are now part of WWPW’s history of serious contenders. It’s totally inspiring. ;-)

  24. under Best Shot That Tells A Story by RJ Palad of Manila, NCR, Philippines [Intramuros]:

    “Gupit” (Filipino word) = “cut” (as in hair cut)

  25. Thanx Scott! The caption for my picture is great – “Best Shot Of Something Exploding During Their Photo Walk”)))

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