Our Story 2017-08-13T21:42:10+00:00

Our Story is Just Beginning.

The story of the worlds largest photography celebration started as an idea in the bedroom of Korske Ara, a young photographer in Canberra, Australia. Passionate about connecting people, telling their stories and inspiring positive change in the world, Korske started on an epic journey to change the world through photography.

Founded in 2009 by Australian Photographer, Korske Ara, World Photo Day has taken over 7 years to grow into the global photography celebration it is today.

When World Photo Day first launched in 2010, just 250 people registered to participate in the global photography event. Determined to continue growing World Photo Day into an organisation that will impact the world for good, Korske sold his own camera kit to finance the project.

“I had to take a taste of my own medicine. I’ve often quipped that it’s the photographer that captures a great photo, not the camera. I went from shooting on a Canon 5D Mark II to shooting on my iPhone!” – Korske Ara

In 2016, World Photo Day reached a global social audience of 500 million people around the world, inspiring photographers around the world to share their stories.

World Photo Day 2017 marks our 8th global photography celebration and we’re excited to be launching our positive change promise, making a commitment to invest back into our communities.

Lets change the world together!

Behind the Date

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.”

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.

It should be noted that 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.

There’s been countless innovators before and after this date that have made photography the accessible medium it is today. World Photo Day celebrates the passion encompassed by photography lovers all around the world, past and present.

Thanks for your support!

World Photo Day has been supported by thousands of photographers around the world. We want to say thank you to the following people for supporting us as “Knights” in previous years. These people have played a special part in the World Photo Day story. Thank you!

Wendy Walker, Janet Davis, Anthony Lang, Peter Kan, Susanne Gritsch, Bernard Thomas, Pedro Gil, Katherine Appleby, David Florida-James, Kliff Wong, Richard Gough, Armineh Hovanesian, Kermit Shumard, Flor Cajina, Syed Mehfooz Husain, Neil Zeller, Carrie Conte, Dwi Dhwee, Mimi Guarnero, Anthony Mckeown, WC Waterbury Jr., Mark D. Young, Jean Hall, Silvia Maccioni, Trevor James Robinson, Arnaud Marthouret, Ed Alvarez, Chris Armytage, Jessica Elizabeth, Fredo Alvarez, Ross Baker, Rebecca Henderson, Stewart Henderson, Bob Felderman, Riya Sharma, Sharon , Bruce McGrath, Евгений Тетенькин, Paul , Reinhard Sock, Fred Fleuren, Leung Ming, Karen Lawrence, Odille Esmonde-Morgan, Deepak Rao, Jennifer Makris, Ezen Yen, Crystal Wong, Steven Tan, Thomas Mumey, Mike Shears, Diana Meraz Carnevale, Judy Jue, Eddie Vanderloot, Markus , William , György Papp, Peter , Eugenio Opitz, Debbie D., Szekely Janos, David Kravetz, Orlando Ferrand, Lydia Bell, Gordon Greenleaf, RJ , Glenn Tucker, Irene Nicaise, Erwan Personne, Raymond Parsons, Lawrence , Connie , Robin Hogreve, Lori Garner, Cassandra NightThunder, Ted , Trudi Davidoff, Jorge , Quin SQ, Shigeru , Hiromu Aoki