World Photography Day: Importance and Why it is Celebrated on 19th August

Learn the significance of August 19, celebrated as World Photography Day. Dive into the world of captured memories and visual storytelling!

World Photography Day

The initiative to celebrate World Photography Day was started on 19 August 2010 through the efforts of Australian photographers Tim Harvey and Korske Ara.

World Photography Day is celebrated on 19th August every year. Photography technology and skills today have come a long way from the days when it was first invented. Gone are the big cameras and equipment needed to take great photos. Now even a small mobile phone camera can take good photography.

But when it was first discovered in France, it was nothing short of a miracle and hence the discovery was called a “gift to the world”. World Photography Day is observed to remember and pay tribute to Joseph Nicefort Nicefort and Louis Daguerre, the inventors of the early form of the photographic process in 1937.

Photography today is an important form of art and creativity and over the years many different types of photographic processes have been developed. But a process developed by Dagger and team has shown the way. The French Academy of Sciences officially approved the invention on January 9, 1839, and later bought the patent on August 19 of the same year.

When did World Photography Day start?

The initiative to celebrate the day was started on 19 August 2010 through the efforts of Australian photographers Tim Harvey and Korske Ara. On this day, the first online global gallery was organized in which more than 270 photographers from all over the world shared their photos in the gallery. Hundreds of photography enthusiasts from over 100 countries visited this official website to make the first World Photography Day a huge success.

Since then 19th August is celebrated as World Photography Day. The objective of the festival is to encourage photography enthusiasts to share what they have captured through the lens with the world, so that it reaches the best names in the photography business and gets appreciated.

The aim of the endeavor was to showcase the talents of photographers and show how photography can impact society. A new theme is decided every year so that photographers can share their images on the official website.

The theme of the 2023 World Photography Day is Landscapes.


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