When you ask people what they would save first if their house was on fire, one of the most common answers — after relatives and pets — is their family photos.
This impulse to save our recorded memories is a strong force, but with the advent of the digital image, this instinct will inevitably fade.
Our photographs will cease to be the treasured objects they once were, framed on the wall or glued into albums under protective plastic sheets, fated to be nothing more than digital backups, stored in the cloud to be accessed and duplicated at will.

The importance of photography must not be forgotten. We cannot let the disposable attitudes of the modern world leak into it like light into a cheap lens. 
Photographs are part of our legacy, they preserve the important events and people in our lives, the births and birthdays, the marriages and holidays, and the embarrassing haircuts!
Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives that will live on long after we, ourselves have expired.

But photographs are much more than a simple record of our lives. They allow us to share ourselves. They speak to the best part of human nature, the desire to share what we find beautiful. 
They allow us to communicate our take on the world to the world, in the universally understood language of emotion. This language is a very complex one, but our images can express every single human emotion. They can be captured and communicated and are recognisable in an instant.
Photographs allow us to express ourselves and our feelings in ways that words cannot.


“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
– Destin Sparks (Landscape Photographer)


This notion is at the heart of World Photo Day. It’s aim is to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world and inspire positive change, whether it’s in our everyday choices or through the organisations we support.


“I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and create a positive impact in the world”
– Korske Ara (Founder, World Photo Day)


It is also hosted on the same day as World Humanitarian Day, a day designated by the UN to recognise the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and mobilises people to advocate for humanitarian action.

So get snapping people and share a little bit of your world with the world!

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1) Approximately 1.2 Trillion photographs were taken worldwide in 2017!

2) Approximately 3.3 Billion photos are taken each day, which equates to 136 Million per hour or 2.3 Million per minute.

3) 85% of all images taken are on smart phones.

4) World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.

5) On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process. On August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.

6) The Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Niepce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as “View from the Window at Le Gras” using a process called heliography. The exposure time needed to create that photograph was eight hours.

7) The first durable colour photograph was taken by Thomas Sutton in 1861. It was a set of three black-and-white photographs taken through red, green and blue filters. However, the photographic emulsions then in use were insensitive to the spectrum, so the result was very imperfect and the demonstration was soon forgotten.

8) On August 19, 2010 World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery. Almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people from over 100 countries visited the website. This marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

9) As early as 1839, a selfie was clicked by American Robert Cornelius. Cornelius set his camera up, took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame. On the back he wrote “The first light picture ever taken 1839”.

10) The first digital photograph was taken in 1957; almost 20 years before Kodak’s engineer invented the first digital camera. The photo is a digital scan of a shot initially taken on film which depicts Russell Kirsch’s son and has a resolution of 176×176.

Sam Rippon

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