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College to host fourth annual Worldwide Photowalk


The Laramie County Community College mass media/multimedia department will sponsor the fourth annual “Worldwide Photo Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Cheyenne.

The free event is designed to bring together a group of photographers on one day for a short period of time to shoot a specific area. Simultaneously, similar walks will take place around the world that weekend. In 2010, more than 30,000 photographers walked in more than locations 1,000 locations around the world, taking 6 million images in one day.

J.L. O’Brien, local Photo Walk leader and multimedia instructor at LCCC, described the event as a way to meet other photographers in the area and to see how they approach the same subject. Last year’s local walk conducted at Turtle Rock at Vedauwoo attracted approximately 30 photographers.

“This year we have targeted the downtown Cheyenne area as our subject, and we hope to fill the 50-person limit,” said O’Brien, who teaches digital and film photography at LCCC. “Hobbyists and families are welcomed. No special equipment is needed.”

Photo Walk participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Cheyenne Depot. From there, the photographers will fan out downtown and will have access to the depot clock tower, the Hynds Building, Atlas Theatre, Plains Hotel, the Zombiefest 2011, Gunslingers and Farmers Market.

At 1 p.m., the photographers are invited to meet at Shadow’s to share their work during a no-host lunch. After the walk, photographers are also invited to share their photos on a local Photo Walk Flickr account and submit their favorite shots for the local competition.

The local winner will receive the book “Light it. Shoot it. Retouch it” by Scott Kelby, renowned Photoshop author and photographer. The local winner’s photograph will then be submitted to the international competition for a chance to win other prizes.

To register for the local walk, participants must go to http://worldwidephotowalk.com. For more information, contact O’Brien at jobrien@lccc.wy.edu or 778-1368.