July 24 2010 marked the third annual World Wide Photo Walk. The World Wide Photo Walk is a huge event. It's a gathering of people who get together to take pictures. It's that simple. This year the event drew in over 33,000 people from over 1100 cities throughout the world. It's an event to get fellow photographers professional and amateur alike together and get out for a couple of hours to explore a city or an area. We share stories, laugh, tease, joke, and have a good ol time doing what we like to do... Take pictures. Last year I attended the photo walk in 100 plus degree heat in Paso Robles CA and this year I spent it with some friends on a rainy day in my home town of Traverse City MI.
Photography is huge, it's the worlds #1 hobby. This is why the photo walk is so big. You don't have to have a DSLR to take part, a point and shoot will work just fine. Anyone can do it!
I like this event because for me it's a time to hone my skills. A place I grew up and lived in for 28 years I have seen just about everything the area has to offer. So it challenges me to look harder to make a photograph. Last year being in Paso Robles CA doing the photo walk I was able to explore a place I knew little about. So no matter what the situation is, it's a win win. When you're all done with the walk and head back home with a memory card full of pictures, you edit them, if you choose, and you upload them to the photo walk site and that enters you to win some pretty cool prizes. Even the local walks have prizes for the best photo in the group.
I think it's a great time to meet new people, explore new places and find new things in familiar places. I have participated in the last 2 walks and I plan on participating in many more. Maybe I will see you out there next year?