About World Photo Day

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World Photo Day?

World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you have, World Photo Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you show us the world as you see it.

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The Origins of World Photo Day

How did we decide when we should host World Photo Day?

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.

Who's been talking about World Photo Day?

World Photo Day has been celebrated by organisations everywhere.
  • Bing
  • Nikon
  • Snapshot Cameras
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Fast Company
  • Discovery
  • Impossible Project
  • Google+
  • Envato
  • Royal Photographic Society
  • Olympus
  • London Drugs

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