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October 11, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Amateur and professional photographers will wander Broadway, Tenth and Elm streets on Oct. 13 in search of the perfect shot for this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk.
As part of the international event, shutterbugs interested in socializing and practicing their art meet up for a stroll around their cities.
Columbia will be one of more than 1,300 communities participating this year. Last year, Columbia had the largest group in the state, says Gene Royer, a professional photographer and leader of the local walk.
The trek around downtown will begin Saturday morning at Flat Branch Park, where participants will gather to take a group photo.
Photographers can shoot whatever they see; their only limitations are the confines of the course and the two-hour time period. The event gives them the opportunity to be creative and find things that might typically go unnoticed.
At the end of the walk, participants meet at Flat Branch Pub & Brewery to share their work over lunch.
Each photographer submits his or her favorite image, and Royer chooses a winning photo. The picture is then uploaded to the website to compete with the best photos from around the world. Prizes include equipment and editing software.
Although the competition pushes photographers to show off their skills, Royer says the walk is all about the friendships and connections they make along the way.