19th August is observed as World Photo Day, with the intention of inspiring positive impact in communities across the globe by bringing people together through the medium of photography.
World Photo Day is a global event that’s aspiring to create positive change in the world through photography. Globally, we’ve committed to working with organisations and individuals to raise awareness, and raise vital funds for the work they do in our communities.
With this vision and promise, the story of this particular movement is only in its beginning.
From humble beginnings
Starting with just 250 registered people when it was first launched in 2010, it has steadily grown into the global photography celebration that it is today. In 2016, World Photo Day reached a global audience of 500 million people around the world.
Now, the movement, which was founded by photographer Korske Ara, works with the promise to try to positively impact & change the world through its funded work alongside organisations & individuals.
This is indeed a noble choice, and one that is very apt considering that 19th August is also World Humanitarian Day – “a day designated by the United Nations to recognise the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilises people to advocate for humanitarian action.” (worldphotoday.com)
Observing the 19th August as World Photo Day goes much father back – to the 1800s, in fact.
Following the invention of the Daguerreotype – the first publicly available photographic process which involved an image being exposed onto a silvered copper plate – the French government purchased the patent and announced it a gift “Free to the World.” As a result of these historical merits, 19th August, 1839 was chosen as the date for World Photo Day.
Since this date, the medium of photography has seen many innovations to make it the accessible and remarkable medium it has become today. World Photo Day is a way of marking this journey and celebrating the vision and passions of photographers past and present.
Community & connection
Social media is one reason for the accessibility of photography. Various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and those more image focused, such as Instagram and SnapChat, create space for viewing & sharing your work.
— Korske Ara (@Korske) May 15, 2018
Korske Ara uses Twitter to update his followers on his work and where in the world it takes him. He also uses the platform to showcase some of his own photography (above).
Going back to the World Photo Day movement that Ara founded, social media is a way in which to work towards building the global community that the photographer had in mind.
Photographers with various levels of skill & experience have used the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay each year to share their photos. Beautiful photographs showing how diverse and awe-inspiring our world can be are the first step to motivate change and a sense of community among people from across the globe.
Twitter moments such as this one, which has collated some extraordinary photographs shared on World Photo Day last year, effectively brings together the experiences of many from various parts of the world.
This is also an equally rewarding movement for those who are simply viewing these images. A photograph can tell you many things about life on the other side of the world – how it looks, how it can be experienced, what are the struggles & values of the people living there?
Indeed, one photograph is perhaps all that is needed to inspire someone to act or make a difference in the world because of what they have seen.
Louder than words…
The capturing and sharing of photos has allowed people to gain a small insight into the lives and stories of others around the planet. We believe this is something worth celebrating.
The narrative behind a photograph can be just as fascinating as the details and aesthetic qualities of the image itself. The World Photo Day blog features a collection of remarkable photographs along with the stories behind them.
Whether learning more about who or what in a particular photograph, or even about the person behind the camera, is one of the best gifts that the medium grants us. The age-old notion that a picture “speaks louder than words” or that a picture “is worth a thousand words”, refers to how well an image can convey a complex idea or situation with little or no explanation.
When thought about in these terms, it is perhaps easier to comprehend the potential for photography to motivate people to the right causes.
So, if you have something to show, or say, or wish to become part of this exciting global movement, why not take to social media this weekend to share your photography. Or better yet, aspire to inspire others simply by using your camera.