Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

10 Must-know facts about photography on ‘World Photography Day’



World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you have, World Photo Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you show us the world as you see it.


How did we decide when we should host World Photo Day?

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ using a process called Heliography.

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:

– The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.
– The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.


Turning an idea into a globally celebrated photography event

Every big project starts with an idea. Turning that idea into reality is almost always harder than it looks. The World Photo Day project started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. We’ve come along a long way since those early days and we’re always working on new opportunities and ideas.

We started with a very amateur and simple first website. Our user registration system didn’t work very well and we didn’t have a password reset feature for our first 2 years. 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.

Today, millions of people around the world are reached by our efforts to celebrate photography and thousands of photographers are getting involved through independent community events, competitions and promotions.

Become part of the World Photo Day story and share your world in our official World Photo Day gallery.

Imagine the world without pictures or photographs! Sounds too boring, dull and lifeless.

Thankfully, we live in a perfect high-tech world where you can take thousands of pictures using smartphones and share them every minute.

And…guess what, August 19 marks the ‘World Photography Day’, celebrating the passion for photography worldwide.

Here are the 10 must-know facts for you to know if you also love to take photographs.


On August 19, 1839, France bought patent for the daguerreotype and released it free to the world




Daguerreotype, invented in 1837 by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, was the first practical photographic process

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre



An earliest known permanent photographic image was made by heliography invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce



The minimum exposure time required to create a photograph was approximately eight hours




With mobile phone cameras, over 350 billion photos are now taken globally every year




Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded on Facebook




Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved photographs and had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert



The first ever photo of the Moon was taken in 1851 and the first photo of its dark side was taken in 1959

One of the first pictures taken of the moon by Dr. J. W. Draper in 1840



Astronomer Sir John Herschel made the earliest known use of the word ‘photograph’ in 1839




The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860

Queen Victoria

And, this is how photography was born.

Courtesy: World Photo Day & ARY

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology