World Photography Day

Canon Camera sitting on a wood railing looking out at a fall day in the woods

Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837, built the foundation to what is now known as World Photography Day. On this day we celebrate the photographer in all of us, novice to expert, it’s a chance to see how others perceive the world through their lens.

The first known photograph was taken in 1826 by none other than Joseph Nicephore Niepce. The photo was soon titled “View from the Window at Le Gras”. This was the gateway to the Daguerreotype that was bought by the French government on January 9th, 1839. The patent was presented as a “free gift to the world” so that everyone could partake in capturing pictures.

On August 19th, 2010, World Photography Day held its very first ever worldwide online gallery. Nearly 270 photographers from over 100 countries participated in sharing their photos. This marked the first official World Photography Day.

Here’s a fun fact for you, Robert Cornelius is the OG of selfies, he snapped his first selfie in 1839! How was this done? He removed the lens cap and ran into frame to get the shot. He wrote on the back of the photograph “The first light picture ever taken 1839”.

So how can you participate on August 19th? Grab your phone or tradition camera, and go out and take some photos! We’d love to see some pictures of your beautiful backyard water features!

Have fun with it and remember to share it online using the hashtag #WorldPhotographyDay!

Want to read more on photography and taking pictures of your water features? We’ve got some great blogs for you to check out! Read: Capturing the Perfect Water Feature Picture and Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! It’s Nature Photography Day!


About the Author:


Leah La Farciola

Like the elusive bigfoot, Leah enjoys the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, attempting to longboard, falling off said longboard, rollerblading, you get the picture. Leah attained a piece of paper from THE Ohio State University that states she can make drawings move on a computer. She is the Multimedia Coordinator for Atlantic-OASE, catch her work on the YouTube.

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