The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World".
It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn't the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as 'View from the Window at Le Gras' using a process called Heliography.
August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:
- The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.
- The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.
Every big project starts with an idea. Turning that idea into reality is almost always harder than it looks. The World Photo Day project started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. We've come along a long way since those early days and we're always working on new opportunities and ideas.
We started with a very amateur and simple first website. Our user registration system didn't work very well and we didn't have a password reset feature for our first 2 years. With help from good friends, World Photo Day Founder, Korske Ara spent hours of his spare time learning the skills needed to build a website that could support a global gallery.
Today, millions of people around the world are reached by our efforts to celebrate photography and thousands of photographers are getting involved through independent community events, competitions and promotions.
Become part of the World Photo Day story and share your world in our official World Photo Day gallery.