On 19th August photography lovers across the globe will be celebrating World Photo Day. The main aim of World Photo Day is to inspire positive change across the world. Connecting people and raising awareness through the use of photography.
Founded in 2009 by the Australian photographer Korske Ara, the date of the 19th was chosen to celebrate World Photo Day as it is the date that the patent of the daguerreotype (an early method of photography) was purchased by the French government, it is also the same day as World Humanitarian Day.
From humble beginnings, with just 250 people signing up to participate in 2010, World Photo Day now reaches a global audience of 500 million. Participants have the opportunity to share their photographs and raise awareness of the issues that are important to them and their communities.
In 2018, World Photo Day is being held in support of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, an organisation which supports children and families affected by Cerebral Palsy. Th fundraising target for 2018 is $15,000.
Photography fans can participate in a number of ways, from sharing their best photographs on social media, entering competitions, purchasing one of World Photo Day’s books or just donating via the website www.worldphotoday.com.