This Thursday is World Photography Day 2021!

Written by George Peckham, ITP Assistant

This Thursday 19 August is World Photography Day. World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art and history of photography. The day encourages photographers from around the globe to share a single photo that encapsulates their world.

According to, The first World Photography Day was held on August 19, 2010. That year, around 270 photographers shared their pictures in a global online gallery. People from over 100 countries visited the online gallery. The day is held on 19 August because it is the date in 1839 that the French government purchased the patent for the Daguerreotype process.

The Daguerreotype process made it possible to create an image on a sheet of copper. It became the first method for obtaining a permanent image with a camera.

Photography is an important aspect of the International Training Programme. The many photos taken during the ITP help capture the memories and experiences made on the summer programme and ITP legacy projects. Object condition photography and visits to the British Museum’s Photography and Imaging studios have become a regular part of the ITP annual programme. We also organised an ITP+ course in 2017 which focused on Photography and Documentation.

So for World Photography Day 2021, we would love to hear from the ITP network.

On Thursday 19 August, share with the network your favourites photographs from your experience of the International Training Programme. This can be from the summer programme or a legacy project you have been involved in. Share the story behind the photograph and exchange memories with your ITP colleagues through images.

You could also share photos from your museum or institution, or from your home city.

You can share your photos on any of the ITP social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #WorldPhotographyDay to follow other people’s contributions. The ITP team can then gather and share all of your photos into an ITP World Photography Day collage!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!