As we wind down 2009, the good news is that there is more opportunity than ever before to learn anything and everything you want to know about photography.

The uptick in photo blogs, podcasts, video training, etc. has made online photography sites (including this one) very popular.

Despite the recession, live training in seminars and conferences still thrive too.

And then there are still tons of photo books and magazines out there, although some of these outlets are struggling. Magazines are landing with fewer ad pages and most of the publishing companies have taken a long, hard look at their business models, since photo training books are expensive to produce and distribute.

But regardless of which method you use to learn photography, there’s one name that pops up in every category. Scott Kelby.

Scott is the leading photography-book author, his company’s magazines are stupendously well produced and chalk-full of great information. His free blog at can regularly be counted on for lots of photographic insight. is a fantastic site for those who want to watch screen casts and video training. And then there’s the KMG podcasts covering everything from Nikon cameras to Photoshop. Oh, and have you ever been to Photoshop World? Then you’ve been both educated AND entertained.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find any one person who was responsible for so much material. Nobody even comes close. Scott Kelby and his team work tirelessly to produce not only an enormous volume of training material, but great quality training material.

I know how hard it is to produce the small amount of information we publish here at Photofocus. I can’t even imagine what it must take to produce the huge amount of material that comes from Kelby Media Group.

Everywhere I go, I see Scott’s influence. He’s accomplished amazing things for himself and his company, but at the same time, has been kind enough to share humbly with the rest of us.

Even though I am an old war horse and been at this photography thing for more than three decades, I still find myself learning from Scott Kelby.

It’s an honor to name Scott Kelby as Photo Educator of the Year. Photofocus is making a donation to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep in honor of Mr. Kelby’s achievement. If for some strange reason you’re not familiar with Kelby Media, click on any of the links in this post and prepare to be informed, instructed, and blown away.

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