World Photography Day originates from the invention of the daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839 The French Academy of Sciences announced the process and a few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift free to the world. Thank you Louis Daguerre and thank you France!
The World Photo Day project started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. With help from good friends, World Photo Day Founder, Korske Ara spent hours of his spare time learning the skills needed to build a website that could support a global gallery.
Our challenges to readers: translate ‘World Photography Day’ in another language. Also, share a photo this weekend taken at your favorite market. And if you’re extra polite, practice conscious tourism and ask for permission.
Translating: August 19 is World Photography Day
Spanish: 19 de agosto es el Día Mundial de la Fotografía
French: 19 août est la Journée mondiale de Photographie
Afrikaans: 19 Augustus is Wêreld Photography Dag
Irish: Is 19 Lúnasa Lá Grianghrafadóireacht Domhanda
— Martin Heigan (@MartinHeigan) August 19, 2016
— Woodland Trust (@WoodlandTrust) August 19, 2016
— UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) August 19, 2016