Today is World Photography Day; a day set aside to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the artistic photos captured by photographers which is used to leave a positive trail for the future.
The day originates from the discovery of daguerreotype which is a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839 The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process and a few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift free to the world.
The World Photo Day initiative picked up in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. 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.
World Photography Day Celebrations In Kenya
In Kenya, the celebration started sometimes back showing a strong photography culture in the country which can be used to uplift our way of life as a country. Essentially, photography documents our daily events and activities carried out by Kenyans. This not only nurture talent, but also attracts revenue in the country.
Photographers Association of Kenya initiated the The Kenya Photo Week; “an initiative of the Photographers Association of Kenya to celebrate Kenyan photography and photographers, as well as those who love it. The first edition is a three-pronged festival of activities with a Photo Expo and photography workshops happening concurrently and a photo contest dubbed Photo Kenya Masterpieces that recognizes creative photography genres.
The event is pivoted on the World Photography Day, celebrated every August 19th since 2009 as a celebration of photography globally. This first edition in Kenya will be at Trinity Centre–All Saints Cathedral, just 10 minutes walk from Nairobi CBD from Thursday 18th August to Saturday 20th.” PAK wrote.
As the leading photography company in Kenya, we took the mandate of supporting the Expo because we a passion driven company. We facilitated and trained photographers who attended the Studio and Wedding photography sessions. Through the session, photographers got a clear picture of what goes around a studio and the best way to cover a wedding ceremony.
The Photo Kenya Masterpieces
In a move to celebrate some of the best pieces, “the Masterpieces photo contest seeks to recognize outstanding and creative photography work among photographers in Kenya. The award concentrates more on creative genres in photography. Judges shall shortlist 5 nominees in each category in a total of 7 creative categories. The category winners shall receive their awards/prizes on World Photography Day cocktail on Friday 19th August 2016.” PAK wrote.
The CEO/Founder of Versatile Photographers, David Macharia captured a mind blowing wildlife photo which got nominated in the Photo Kenya Masterpiece.