World Photo Day

World Photo Day is a day that’s observed annually on August 19th. This holiday is an unofficial one-which means that’s it’s celebrated by people and that businesses, banks, or government buildings aren’t closed. Regardless, it’s still a fun day for people to break out their camera and snap a few shots of the world around them.

Once they’ve snapped some photos of the world, they can then share those photos with everyone via social media. Even though this is a holiday that’s only been around since 2009, it’s still one that some people might want to observe, especially if they have a love of photography.

The History Of World Photo Day

World Photo Day was created by Australian photographer Korske Ara in 2009. He chose the date for this holiday because it was on this date in 1839 that France purchased the Daguerreotype Process patent and gave it to the world as a gift. Although it started as a holiday with modest beginnings, it spread all over the world and by 2010, photographers from all over the world shared their pictures on a global online gallery. This gallery would be visited by people from the world over.

Fun Photography Facts

We’ve uncovered some fun photography facts that we feel everyone will enjoy. Let’s take a look at some of them before we move on to talking about how World Photo Day can be celebrated.

  • One of the largest camera collections was owned by Dilish Parekh, a Mumbai collector with over 4,425+ antique cameras.
  • The first digital camera was invented by Steven Sasson in 1975.
  • On an average day, almost 100 million photos are uploaded to Instagram and 300 million are uploaded to Facebook.
  • Early flashes for photographers relied upon a mixture of potassium chloride and aluminum.
  • As of 2021, the most expensive photo sold in 2011 for over $4.3 million. This photo was Rhein II by Andreas Gursky.
  • The word Kodak doesn’t mean anything. It was created by George Eastman because he liked the letter “K” and wanted to build a strong name around it.

Observing World Photo Day

This can be celebrated by anyone with a camera at their disposal, and since most people have a smartphone with a camera built into it, that means that it can be celebrated by almost everyone. People can take pictures of their friends and family, or take pictures of the world around them.

This is also a good day to learn about the history of photography or the science behind it. For people who aren’t photographers, this is a good day to start taking photography lessons. Amateur and professional photographers can also take the time to share their pictures with all of us by posting them to social media and using the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay.

When is it?
This year (2023)
August 19 Saturday
Next year (2024)
August 19 Monday
Last year (2022)
August 19 Friday
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