Join us in celebrating World Photography Day

Friday 19 August 2022 will be World Photography Day.  World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography with the aim of inspiring positive change across the world, connecting people and raising awareness through the use of photography.

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.

Three people holding cameras gather around to look a photograph taken by the person in the middle.

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.

Digital camera

For World Photography Day 2022, we would like to do a call out to our ITP global network to share an image with us which tells a story of your community.  For this project, the definition of community is “a social unit with commonality such as place, norms, religion, values, customs, or identity. Communities may share a sense of place situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, neighbourhood or museum!!) or in virtual space through communication platforms.”

If you can send us your image – and its title – by Monday 15 August, we will share the images on ITP social media – tagging you and hashtagging #britmusitp and #worldphotographyday – on the day.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!!

ITP fellow taking a photograph of a museum display