The Worlwide Photowalk Winner is from the Phillippines PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2011 00:00

Yehey! The 2011 Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk winner is from Surigao, Philippines. He is Jaime Cesar.  This is a photo contest wherein photographers around the world takes pictures as group and chose their best shots among themselves and send it to Scott Kelby for judging. He is the editor-in-chief for Photoshop User magazine and president of NAPP - National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

The Camera Club of Zamboanga, spearheaded by Jun Kwan, joined this contest for the first time and invited its members and non-members last October 2. Around of them gathered at Paseo del Mar gathered at Country Chicken’s Paseo del Mar, and took pictures from Fort Pilar to Cawa-Cawa Boulevard. After one week they submitted their best pictures to Kelby.

Though none of our Zamboangueños won, we should all be proud that a Filipino is the grand winner of this prestigious contest founded by Scott Kelby.  He said in his website ( , it took him hours of careful consideration to just get down to his first rounds of cuts, which left  him with around 78 photos.

Imagine this: You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job. Kelby could make a case why each one of those could have been a winner as they were they were all so good but unfortunately he can only choose 11 total finalist. He said that anyone who has judged a photo competition—it’s a frustrating task, and as one gets torn between one photo or another, and you have to make tough cuts that see some of your favorite photos fall out of the top 10.

But the winning photo of Cesar made him smiled.  He wrote that “as soon as I saw it, I smiled, and I’m still smiling. I love the composition and its sense of balance, and I think the post processing was spot on. I love the color all the around, and how the sky looks versus the water, and I particularly love the bubbles in the lower right corner from the last jumper. Just looks like a beautiful summer’s day, and a wonderful scene along the walk route, and it’s the kind of shot I see on places like and think, “Wow, what a cool shot!” Great capture, moment, emotion, processing, and composition.

CCZ Kwan said that this contest inspired the members to do their best by continuing to improve their craft in photography.