As 2011 winds down I am getting ready to make my year-end picks for best-of in the photo industry. I already gave this season’s pick for camera of the year and now I continue with Photographic Educator of the Year.

Every year I make a list of the best photo educators I know. I am lucky because most of them are friends or at least associates. Every year one name rises to the very top of the list very quickly. This year again the obvious pick is Mr. Scott Kelby.

I just can’t find anyone who does more to educate photographers than Scott Kelby. His list of accomplishments is a mile long. He’s written too many books to count. If you count the electronic versions, hard cover versions, soft cover versions and online versions of his books they number in the hundreds. He’s the best-selling technical author in the world.

His books are universally helpful, enjoyable and accessible. But he doesn’t stop there. He’s behind the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Kelbytraining.com, several photo podcasts, electronic and traditional print magazines, international photo walks, the amazing Photoshop World conferences, a helpful, free blog and dozens of public weekend workshops and seminars held around the world.

There’s no doubt that he’s the most prolific person I know. Now Scott is a very humble guy and he’d be the first to tell you he has a bunch of help. His entire crew is comprised of some of the most talented photographers, writers, teachers and thought-leaders in the industry. But there’s also no doubt that Scott Kelby is the glue that holds it all together.

Just when I think Scott has accomplished just about anything and everything he could, he launches another iPad app or another book or another project that helps photographers. I submit that no one person could actually find enough hours in a week to consume all the material that Scott creates. I should know. I tried – and failed. If you can’t consume it all can you imagine finding the time to create it all?

Scott Kelby has made the world a better place for photographers. Period. He happens to be one of the nicest, most humble guys around and won’t like all this attention but that’s tough – he deserves it.

I appreciate the work that Kelby Media Group does for photographers, and am extremely happy to announce Scott Kelby as my choice for Photographic Educator of the Year. Congratulations Scott and thanks for all you do.

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  1. [...] guys, Brad Moore here with some exciting news… Scott Bourne over at Photo Focus has named Scott Kelby as the Photographic Educator of the Year for 2011! Scott (Kelby) was super [...]

  2. [...] The ‘techno-photo-speak’ is important to learn – I think – but it’s not what you should learn first. Learn it someday, but not the day you start. Not the week you start. Not the month you start. Scott Kelby understands this. That is why he wrote this book the way that he did. First you need to ‘get-the-itch’ so to speak. You need to get out there and start shooting. Start making photos, not taking them. And this book will help you succeed quicker and with less frustration than any other method I know of. And believe me, going at it alone with no idea what you are doing is frustrating. There is a lot of excellent info out there, but for a brand new photographer, Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography Book is the place to go. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed. And when you’re finished, check out everything else Scott and his team have to offer at Kelby Training. And don’t just take my word for it, he was named photo educator of the year right here… [...]

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