International Photography Day is celebrated every year on 19th August all over the world with great zeal and enthusiasm. The day is celebrated not only by the staunch followers of photography but also by all the people from all over the world irrespective of their profession and interests to come together to understand the importance of photography to inspire the generations to come. On this special day millions of people present different ideas and share their world with others, trying to live in the imaginations of other photographers and moreover trying to get more happiness through photography. Huh.
In a world where billions of photos are uploaded every hour, International Photography Day inspires many photographers around the world to share their idea of a single photograph with a single purpose. think differently. From incredible landscapes to everyday life the images of a global gallery are being captured on this day by people of different skills, levels, knowledge and living in different countries and cultures.
International Photography Day 2021 (World Photography Day)
International Photography Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 19 August 2021.
History of International Photography Day
A photograph was first announced in France on 19 August 1939. This declaration was prefaced on 9 January 1899, where the French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. Later that year on 19 August the French government purchased the patent and François Argo, the 25th Prime Minister of France, presented it to the French Académie des Sciences and Académie des Beaux Arts which described the process of photography. Arago discussed its valuation and explained its promising future and promoted its free use for the world. That’s why it was referred to as a “free gift to the world”.
The first global online gallery was organized on 19 August. The day was historic as it was the first online gallery that was organized yet and on this day 270 photographers shared their views through photographs and the website was visited by people from over 100 countries.
International Photographic Council of India, New Delhi with its founder, Shri O.P. Sharma under the guidance of various photographic stalwarts to celebrate photography every year. The response was positive and the proposal was accepted in various countries. Since then 19 August is celebrated as World Photography Day across the world.
Why is International Photography Day celebrated?
People living in every corner of the world wait for the date of 19th August to come. The purpose of International Photography Day is to share ideas, encourage everyone to make their small contribution towards this field and draw public attention to spread the work of those who have presented their thoughts on photography to the world. Did it
The day is celebrated so that people from different countries and cultures can come under one roof and on a common platform to organize similar photo exhibitions, competitions, lectures, workshops, seminars etc. The day also remembers those individuals who have not only contributed in the past but will also inspire the coming generation to hone their skills under the guidance of the scholars of this field.
theme of international photography day
Every year International Photography Day has its own theme. The theme is chosen as per the set parameters of the program for that day. The theme of International Photography Day on 19 August 2020 was “Pandemic Lockdown through the Lens”.
- Theme of World Photography Day 2020 – “Pandemic lockdown through the lens”
- Theme of World Photography Day 2019 – “Dedicated to History”
- Theme of World Photography Day 2018 – “Be Nice”
- World Photography Day 2017 Theme – “Understanding Clouds”
How is International Photography Day celebrated?
International Photography Day is celebrated all over the world since 2010 so that people can know through those seminars what it is like to live in a world without photographs. On this day many people participate in competitions and art gallery events to showcase their work where they try to show the world the best part of their work. It doesn’t matter how much experience one has or how many years of experience anyone can participate in these competitions. Organized teams, along with sponsors of such events, organize worldwide media events, campaigns and other such activities to gather people to spread the knowledge of photography.
One of the major problems with photography profession is that it requires investment of a lot of money and without financial backing it becomes difficult for any new person to start their business. International Photography Day is a celebration in itself that provides a solution for such a start.
On this day people from all walks of life come and participate in the exhibitions and not only do they admire their work but they also give work to the people for the projects they are interested in getting those youths done and so on. The day provides a platform for the youth to believe in their hard work and showcase their performance. This day for the world is all about celebrating and acknowledging the talent of photography be it amateur or professional.
Some examples of festivals that have taken place around the world in recent years are as follows:
International Photography Day is celebrated in India with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm. It is celebrated in the form of many activities by different groups of people not only in its national capital but also from all the states across the country. Students of various universities organize inter college competitions. One such competition was recently organized by the students of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan.
There famous wildlife photographer Capt. Suresh Sharma, fashion photographer B.K. Agarwal and professional photographer Prabal Mohanty participated as special guests. These veterans share their insights into the art of photography. Similarly, members of Professional Photographers and Videographers Association celebrated International Photography Day YVS. Murthy Auditorium, Andhra University College of Engineering.
The photo exhibition was inaugurated by Registrar V. Uma Maheshwara Rao. Every year eye test camps, cultural activities and presentation of awards to meritorious students also form a part of this nationwide celebration. Not only this, many exhibitions are also organized all over the country where the work related to photography is praised. The money collected after that is used for charitable purposes.
United States of america
USA Home of the great inventor Mark Zuckerberg. In recent times, Facebook has become a platform for many people around the world to appreciate the work of photographers. The World Photographic Forum Photo Lovers is a Facebook group created by photo lovers for photo love. The group started giving rewards for photography from February 1, 2017. Here the photos are scrutinized by the famous Facebook founders of this group and the best images are declared as the Curator’s Choice on a daily basis. Not only this, people from all over the country welcome this day with an open heart, participate in competitions and appreciate each other’s work.
International Photography Day is much awaited in France because this is where photography originated. People welcome this day with great joy and various competitions. Not only are various exhibitions set up in the public and private sector but also roadside exhibitions featuring amateur photography enthusiasts and everyone appreciates their works. French people spend their free time playing, painting and watching movies. Apart from this, they also go to the sea and mountains and spend time roaming there because these beautiful moments give them sweet memories for whole life.
Every year International Photography Day is welcomed with great joy in England. Photography is celebrated throughout the year through various awards and ceremonies in England. People from different countries participate in the world famous photography awards held in London, England every year. The Sony World Photography Awards winners and runners-up are announced in the month of January, awarding the best images in architecture, portraits, wildlife and singles to photographers from around the world.
There are also other special categories like travel, vacation, and lifestyle. The celebration of World Photography Day provides a comprehensive platform for the people of England to spread awareness about the various problems facing the country through photography. Seminars are held around the country on the most important issues and thus the photograph becomes a medium to spread awareness among the people of England.
Some tips for organizing photography in India
India is a vast country full of different customs and traditions. Everyone has their own way of celebrating which gets them excited. There are thousands of people who join one or the other college to learn photography and some people get the art of photography as a gift from God. Great photographers like Raghu Rai, Homi Vyaralla, Dabboo Ratnani, Dayanita Singh have been a part of our community for a long time. Now the time has come for our coming generation to prove our worth in this field. Here are some tips for celebrating International Photography Day in India:
- Indians should take photography as a profession not as a college hobby and encourage them to know the facts and details of the same through vocational colleges.
- Money making events should be organized in every city on International Photography Day where everyone can participate without admission fee and get admission in schools and colleges based on their work and fulfill their dreams.
- A strong foundation should be given in the early childhood development of the child where parents look after their own interests and focus on areas where children feel comfortable in themselves. In this way a person’s grip on the techniques of photography can be increased.
- Not only boys but also girls should be supported to achieve success in their favorite field and special seminars should be set up for women on International Photography Day. After that job relevant skills should be taught and this can also reduce the issue of unemployment among women.
- An environment that encourages investment and creativity in the field of photography should be created throughout the year. Innovation requires specific skills to help people connect with ideas.
- Everyone needs to break free from a hectic routine. Take out your old cameras and get out and take a few pictures to just keep the time in the form of photography.
International Photography Day is a celebration of all communities that connects millions of people around the world. It aspires to bring about positive change in the world, whether in our everyday choices or through the organizations we support. It’s not just a day, it’s a soft touch of the camera every day, a glimmer of light in our lives and a moment that is captured forever. Today photography has become an essential part of our lives and it has evolved into a tool that connects all of us. No matter who you are, where are you; International Photography Day helps us open our eyes to explore the potential of photography and enables us to share the world as we see it.