2nd Annual Worldwide PhotoWalk

I want to take a minute to thank each and everyone who attended  the 2009 Photo Walk and submitted their favorite photos for the contest.  I now that submitting your images  takes a lot of courage  and I appreciated you sharing your work!

The process of choosing the images was tough! To make sure I judged everyone on an even playing field, I brought the images down so that I would have no way of knowing who’s photo were who’s. I  rated each photo based on Impact & Interest, Composition, Viewpoint, Color/vibrancy, Technique, Manipulation & Presentation.

First Place Winner – Remy Gervais
Congratulation to Remy on being chosen as the winner of the Santa Rosa Worldwide Photo Walk! Remy’s photo warms the heart. Her story conveying a sense playful innocence that tugs on the heart string of our inner child that takes us back to a time of happy-go-lucky carefree wonderment.

© Remy Gervais

© Remy Gervais

Second Place Winner – Alan Bartl
There are many aspects of Alan’s photo that I liked. The low side lighting give the grunge and grittiness of the asphalt dimension that makes the image pop.

© Alan Bartl

© Alan Bartl

Third Place Winner – Heather Montgomery
Heather’s abstract photo uses leading lines that draw the eye into and around the photo.

© Heather Montgomery

© Heather Montgomery

Submitted images from the walk

Special thanks to Shutterbug Camera on Santa Rosa Ave for sponsoring our 2009 World Wide Photo Walk.

To sign up please visit the Santa Rosa World Wide Photo Walk site.

So here is the plan. Well, there really is no plan just some suggestion and points of interest I have for you to keep in mind when on the walk.

We will gather at Historic Railroad Square in front of the California Welcome Center at 5:00pm introduce ourselves and take a quick group photo and then get on our way.

After the photo it is all up to you to either follow some of my suggestion or take it as you go, it is totally up to you, Remember you are here to have fun.

  1. Historic Railroad Square has a great deal to offer a photographer. There is the historic value as well as textures, color, people and sculptures.
  2. Along the river there is a wide range of subjects ranging from sculptures, the river itself (kind of low right now, but still fun), grape vines, a foot bridge, Olive Park (restrooms), and plants of all kinds.
  3. Julliard Park also has a wide rand of subject matter: The bocce courts should have people playing at this time of day, a community garden, a church that was built from a single redwood tree, a pond with water lilies, people, sculptures and a playground for the kids.
  4. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is an excellent place to take a break and rest and use the restrooms (located at the back of the gardens). The plants and flowers here are awesome. I could easily spend a day shooting here. The gates close at 7:00pm so keep this in mind if this is a place you do not want to miss. For more information please visit http://lutherburbank.org.
  5. Prince Gateway Park in kiddy corner from Luther Burbank Home & Gardens and is a wonderful place to photograph children playing in the water jets.
  6. Old courthouse square is was we will end to walk. Here is a great place to kick back and share the photos of the day. Here you can also photograph more people, water fountains, trees, building, and architecture. Surrounding the square are numerous restaurants and cafés to get food or drink.


I found the parking at the Santa Rosa Mall (see blue area on the map) in probably the best place to park as it is free. Parking down by the square is metered. But it is up to you.

Note: Santa Rosa Mall security has asked us to not take photos of the building due to security issues.

Shutterbug Camera on Santa Rosa Ave

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