About World Photo Day 2017-02-04T10:49:29+00:00
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World Photo Day?

Founded in 2009 by Australian Photographer, Korske Ara, World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

In a world with millions of pictures 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 abilities you have, World Photo Day strives to open your eyes to the possibilities of photography and enable you to show us the world as you see it.

“Photography is a powerful method of communication that we can use to uplift, inspire and initiate change in our world. A picture is worth a thousand words and those words can be in any of the 6,500 languages on planet earth”. – Korske Ara – Founder, 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 process 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.”

The Daguerreotype wasn’t in fact, the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph called ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography.

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date for 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.

The World Photo Day Story

How did World Photo Day become the global photography celebration it is today?

Korske Ara, an Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Photographer based in Canberra, Australia founded World Photo Day in 2009. Working on the project in his spare time, Korske started developing the World Photo Day idea, getting people on board to celebrate photography across the globe. That first year, the World Photo Day Gallery received 250 photo submissions and reached 20,000 people.

Since our very first celebration in 2010, World Photo Day has continued to grow. In 2016, over 2,900 photos were submitted to our gallery and our global social media reach exceeded 500 million people.

Today, our efforts to celebrate photography reach millions of people around the world, and thousands of photographers are getting involved through independent community events, competitions, and promotions.

Join us to celebrate photography and become part of the World Photo Day story.

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