World Photography Day 2024

World Photography Day 2024

World Photography Day is celebrated annually on the 19th of August with great enthusiasm. It is the celebration of the art, science, craft, and history of photography.

Since 19th-century photography is a medium of expression, connecting people, and raising awareness. It inspires photographers around the world to share their unique capture and bringing more happiness through means of photography. A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an experience, an idea, a moment and it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

On this day millions of people around the world share their photos uniting the world by means of photography. You can find millions of photos of landscapes, day-to-day life, a diverse range of cultures of different countries.

World Photography Day Themes

The theme of 2017 was “Understanding Clouds”.
The theme of 2018 was “BE NICE”.
The theme of 2019 was “dedicated to History”.
The theme of 2020 was “Pandemic lockdown through the lens”.
The theme of 2021 was “Pandemic lockdown through the lens”.
The theme of 2022 was “Pandemic lockdown through the lens”.
The theme of 2023 was “LANDSCAPES”.


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The first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in France. in 1826, on a bitumen coated aluminum plate

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Photography in Greek means “Painting with light” and can be considered both art and science. Frenchmen Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype process which was introduced to the world.

The French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world” on the 19th of August, 1939 which is considered the date of birth of practical photography. The metal-based daguerreotype process soon had some competition from the paper-based calotype negative and salt print processes invented by William Henry Fox Talbot. Subsequent innovations made photography easier and more versatile.

New materials were used which reduces the camera exposure time from minutes to seconds making photography easier and more versatile. New photographic media were more economical, sensitive, and convenient and in the mid-20th century there were developments and pictures that were available in natural color as well as black and white.

World Photography Day

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With the invention of the electronic digital camera in 1990 photography was soon revolutionized. The new technology became widely accepted and appreciated and the image quality with digital cameras was continually improved. Now with cameras on all smartphones photography has become a ubiquitous everyday practice around the world.

With a humble beginning with a small group of people, World Photography Day has now reached more than 500 million people worldwide. It is now celebrated with a lot of zeal and fervor, and many events are organized worldwide where people share their art of photography.

Go out and capture a moment and share it with the hashtag #WorldPhotographyDay on social media.

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