The Fourth Annual Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk comes to town Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance.
The highlight of this year's event is the opportunity to peruse the inside of the historical Hopkins County Courthouse. Shutterbugs will be allowed to tour the very unique corners of this structure.
The Sulphur Springs Photo Walk is part of a worldwide event held every year on the same day in cities all over the globe. It began five years ago as the brainchild of Adobe Photoshop inventor Scott Kelby.
Local photo walks are being added to the Worldwide site periodically, but the Sulphur Springs walk is one of the few held in Northeast Texas. Attendees do not have to live in Sulphur Springs or Hopkins County to participate in the free event.
This year's event is being led again by Luis Noble, graphic designer at Echo Publishing and former News-Telegram photographer, and Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review.
First, participants must register on the Worldwide Photo Walk's website, www.worldwidephotowalk.com, and search for Sulphur Springs or zip code 75482 under “Find a Walk.”
Those interested in attending the event should register ahead of time — the worldwide competition caps the number of participants, based on the number of photo leaders for each walk — and should bring some basic items including extra batteries, memory cards and walking shoes.
“After registering online at Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk, photographers are invited to meet this Saturday, Oct. 5, for a short briefing at Coffee Off The Square, located on Church Street, at 5:30 p.m. before walking,” explained Noble. “The walk is a group of photographers in a limited area, such as Sulphur Springs' downtown square, with a limited amount of time producing the best images they possibly can. It looks like a mob of paparazzi, but with each of the photographers focusing on a different subject.”
People of any age with a camera are welcome to join the free event. Walk leaders, both with years of photography experience, will offer advice and guidance to the photographers. Photographers have the chance to visit with others with mutual interests, learn new aspects on cameras, lenses and much more and new angles on framing photos.
“This event gives us a pass to roam around throughout the newly-revitalized downtown square, which features an astounding memorial for Hopkins County veterans, famous glass bathrooms and The Market, making for many interesting subjects,” said Noble. “Last year's event drew a crowd of over 35 photographers to downtown Sulphur Springs and 23,844 photographers have already joined walks across the world. But the best thing to bring is a lot of creativity.”
Once the event is complete, photographers are encouraged to edit their image using Adobe Photoshop and submit it via the Worldwide Photo Walk website. A panel of local judges will review the photos.
Besides being free, there are prizes for the best photo. First place winner will receive a gift certificate for framing at Texas Art and Frame, Scott Kelby's Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers eBook plus entry into the worldwide competition and local recognition for photography work in both the News-Telegram and Cooper Review. Second place will receive a tripod donated by The Appliance Hospital. Third place will win a $25 gift certificate for Muddy Jake's Sports Grille and Pub. The top eight photos entered locally will earn ribbons and displaying of the work at local downtown businesses.
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