World Photography Day: Commemorate The Importance Of Cameras

Sriparnika Sarkar
Mar 21, 2023 By Sriparnika Sarkar
Originally Published on Mar 21, 2023
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Where is World Photography Day celebrated?

People all around the world celebrate World Photography Day.

Who is World Photography Day celebrated by?

Any photography enthusiast may celebrate World Photography Day. Yet, this day is extra special for photojournalists, wildlife photographers, and camera lovers. 

When did World Photography Day first start?

World Photography Day was first started in 1839 in France.

Who started World Photography Day?

There is no particular person who started this day. But remember Louis Daguerre? Daguerre is called the 'Father Of Photography.' He invented the eponymous daguerreotype process of photography.

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History And Timeline

In 1826, Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce took the first-ever recorded picture. This led to the celebration of the history of World Photography Day. This picture is stored in the permanent collection at the University of Texas-Austin. Now we can dive further into the history of world photography day.

First-Ever Photographic Process

The first-ever photographic process was invented by Frenchman Louis Daguerre in 1837. The image appeared on the silvered copper plate used in this photographic process.


First Color Photograph

In 1861, the Scottish mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell captured the first color photograph.


First Digital Camera

The first digital camera was invented by Steve Sasson in 1975. He was an engineer at Kodak camera company. This invention of the digital camera replaced film cameras.


Sony World Photography Award

The Sony World Photography Award started. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to photographers. It celebrates the magnificent art captured by their digital cameras.


Global Online Gallery Event

The global online gallery event was first held on August 19, 2010. It displayed photographs captured by over 270 photographers. People from over 100 countries visited the website to view the pictures. 


Traditions And Customs

The most common tradition of this day is to capture images. These images highlight the imagination of the photographer. The world photography organization conducts an open contest on August 19 every year. The contest is a medium to celebrate one of the finest art forms in the world.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate World Photography Day

The best way to celebrate World Photography Day is to capture an image close to our hearts. We can take photos of the person we love the most to store them as memory. We can help our kids develop their photographic skills. We can allow them to take photographs of nature.

Photographer David Bailey is a classic inspiration for fashion photography enthusiasts. Wildlife photography enthusiasts should venture into nature to take marvelous photos. Again, Ansel Adams is an inspiration for landscape photography enthusiasts. 

Facts And Stats

  • Sir John Herschel first coined the word "photography" in 1839.
  • On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased a patent for the photographic process. They made it accessible for the usage of the public.
  • The most liked picture on Instagram currently is a photo of an egg.
  • The Pulitzer Prize for photography is the award given annually for photojournalism. This award was started in 1942.
  • The most viewed photograph in history is the default Windows XP wallpaper. That photo was taken by Charles O' Rear.
  • In 1957, Russel A Krisck created the first digital photograph. This was long before the digital camera was invented.
  • The first published color digital photograph was created by Micheal Francis in 1972.

What is photography day?

A photographer displays his/her creativity and passion in photography on this day.


How to celebrate World Photography Day?

 We celebrate photography day by capturing images with our digital or film cameras.


Who invented photography?

Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce is the inventor of photography.


How is World Photography Day different from national camera day?

On World Photography Day, photographers showcase their craft by displaying pictures. But on national camera day, people showcase their collection of cameras.


How does World Photography Day affect people psychologically/emotionally?

Photographs mean memories. As Ed Sheeran said, 'We Keep This Love In A Photograph.' To celebrate passing moments, World Photography Day emotionally affects people.


What are the different types of photography?

There are eight different types of photography. They are:

  • Landscape photography
  • Aerial photography
  • Sports photography
  • Wildlife photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Architectural photography
  • Wedding/Event photography
  • Fashion photography

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Friday, August 19, 2022
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023
  • Monday, August 19, 2024

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Written by Sriparnika Sarkar

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science specializing in Chemistry

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Sriparnika SarkarBachelor of Science, Master of Science specializing in Chemistry

An accomplished content writer with a strong academic background in science. Sriparnika holds a Bachelor's degree in Science with Chemistry Honors from Amity University, Calcutta, and a Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from the renowned Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta. Sriparnika's diverse academic and professional experiences have equipped her with a unique set of skills that make her a successful content writer. She has interned with Team Everest NGO to develop an English curriculum for economically disadvantaged students and worked as a subject matter expert with Chegg.Inc. Additionally, Sriparnika has invested in her professional development by obtaining certifications in content writing from Internshala, Photography from Sudhir Shivram, and the basics of web development from Internshala.

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