World Photo Day – August 19th


August 19th is World Photo Day, a day for photographers across the planet to celebrate their passion for photography.

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”, so August 19th was chosen as the date for World Photo Day.

Whether you are an experienced photographer who has been taking photos for years or a beginner wanting to develop new skills (or anywhere in between), World Photo Day aims to bring together photographers at every level to encourage them to take and share their beautiful images.

So start planning your activity now for how you are going to mark World Photo Day. Get out independently with your camera equipment, or with a group of friends, or if you feel you can organise a group event open to other Viewfinders members, e-mail the blog and we will share the information with members. Any photographs that you manage to take that day, please e-mail them to the blog in the standard assessment format by Monday 5th September and we will publish them for all members to see.

But if you can’t get out and take photographs that day, don’t worry! You can still mark World Photo Day in a different way:

  • Re-discover your old photos and get nostalgic. Look out some of your old photos and bring back some happy memories.
  • Read up and learn more about how to capture better photos, either from photography magazines or hints and tips on-line.
  • Be inspired by other photographers. Visit an exhibition or check out photography galleries on-line.
  • Start a new photography project of your own – commit to Project 365, start preparing that PhotoBook or just begin sorting out your images for the Viewfinders assessments and trophy competitions for the year ahead.

For more information on World Photo Day visit the website at: World Photo Day.