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Photo walk on Saturday is part of worldwide event
For the second year in a row, photographers of all skill levels will be heading out together Saturday for a photo walk through Osoyoos.
The event coincides with thousands of other photo walks around the world as photographers participate in the 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, hosted by author Scott Kelby.
In Osoyoos, the event is organized by Peter Hovestad, who is president of the Osoyoos Photography Club and vice chair of the Osoyoos Arts Council.
The event is free, and is open to everybody, Hovestad said.
“Everybody is welcome regardless of whether they’re shooting film or digital or just have their camera phone,” said Hovestad. “It’s just to get out and meet other people and take pictures.”
The two-hour walk starts at 1 p.m. at the bandshell in Gyro Park.
Photographers will wander along the lakeshore to Veterans Park and then into back streets and alleys. At then end, they’ll meet at the Owl Pub to socialize.
Although there is no cost, participants are asked to register online so that organizers have an idea of numbers. You can register at www.worldwidephotowalk.com and click on “Search for Walks” or go to www.tinyurl.com/ork9ojt.
Hovestad acknowledged that some people are intimidated about registering online and said if a few people don’t, they won’t be turned away.
“It’s a chance to meet other photographers,” he said. “It’s a chance to find out that there are other people interested in photography in the community.”
Participants have many different skill levels, he said, and some people are very talented and have published work.
There may be opportunities to share ideas and knowledge, or just to see what other people photograph.
“It’s primarily a social event and it’s the cameras that you have in common,” said Hovestad. “If you pick up some tips and pointers along the way, that’s great, and you might see some parts of town that maybe you’ve never seen before because when you drive you don’t actually get out of a car and walk around. If you have a camera in your hand and take photographs, you see things differently.”
Hovestad hopes some walk participants also get involved in the Osoyoos Photography Club, as occurred last year.
That club meets the first and third Tuesday evenings of every month upstairs at the Osoyoos Arts Centre. The club has about 18 active members, although some snowbirds leave during the winter, Hovestad said.
Internationally, the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk had 1,300 different walks throughout the world with more than 32,000 photographers participating in 2012. More than 10 million photos were taken on that single day, Kelby said in a news release.
“Photography is usually viewed as a solitary activity, but the truth of the matter is that people love to shoot together, compare notes and just have fun with photography,” said Kelby.