Since 2010, August 19 of every year is celebrated globally as World Photography Day (WPD). This world day is a global event that aspires to create a positive change in the world through photography. It is marked annually to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the present and leave a positive trail for the future.
Although created by Australian lensman Korske Ara in 2009, WPD originated from the invention of the daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephone Niepce in 1837.
On August 19, 2010, WPD 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.
On this particular day, millions of people capture different ideas and share their world with others, try to dwell in the imaginations of other photographers and moreover try bringing more happiness through the means of photography.
From day to day life to unbelievable landscapes, this day witnesses a global gallery of images being captured by people with different skills, levels, knowledge living in a diverse range of countries and culture.
In a recent WPD-inspired YouTube video uploaded by Fujifilm UK, renowned photographers were asked a question: "What does photography mean to you?"
Here are two of our favorite answers:
"Photography for me is a mechanism to curate memories both for other people and for myself"
"Photography is a means of living a life rather than making a living"
Whatever our definition of the word is, it's still worth-noting the timeless contributions of having a camera to the comfortable and digital age that we're currently in.
WPD's main goal is to encourage photographers worldwide to share a single photo with the world with an aim to share their world to the world.
Well... the ILQ team thought that one is photograph is too limited for us to share that's why we've decided to welcome this important occasion with not just one, not just two, not just three, but thirty-three candid shots taken right here in Qatar!
Disclaimer: Each image is accompanied by a title, and a 1 to 2 sentence-long caption to give you a better perspective of the photographer's—who chose not to be named—intents.
*Not a single of these were enhanced or filtered in any way.
An expatriate father shows to his daughter the colorful skies of Doha during the well-attended 2017 Aspire Kite Festival.
Small kids spend quality time with their guardians at Entertainment World Village (EWV) located between the Diplomatic Club and The Pearl Qatar.
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A Qatari man heads towards Katara Cultural Village's auditorium area on a laid-back winter day.
Expatriates enjoy the calm waters in the Al Jumail fishing village a few minutes before sunset.
Commuters board a public bus (not seen in the photograph) in Bin Omran area after several minutes of waiting.
A mall staff inspects the then-partially opened Mirqab Mall in Al Markhiya, St.
Sisters sit by the Katara beach while waiting for their parents to arrive.
An Indian expatriate, who's having a quick break from work, looks on a stop sign in West Bay area.
A breakfast-goer yawns in line while waiting for his turn to get a tray at thw IKEA warehouse.
Two Food and Beverage (F&B) workers wait for customers to order smoothies at their takeaway shop one spacious Monday evening.
A commuter takes advantage of Doha's traffic-less roads during a Friday by using his bicycle to reach his destination.
Amusement park workers look on whole waiting for skill players to try out their luck in Entertainment World Village.
Qataris walk while a Katara Cultural Village staff rides his bike near the Katara beach in a scorching shot summer day.
Restaurant workers heads out to watch military jets fly in free air in celebration of the 2017 Qatar National Day.
A newspaper vendor takes advantage of the red light by selling the daily paper to Doha drivers.
A patron walks in broad daylight as a worker sits behind the shade in Souq Waqif area.
A laborer sits in one corner while talking on the phone as a Katara club car passes in front of him.
An adrenaline-junkie expatriate takes his friend's photograph while waiting for his turn to parasail in the Katara beach.
An Uber passenger uses his iPhone to take a quick snap of West Bay's futuristic line-up of skyscrapers.
A restaurant staff in Al Sadd area stops for a photograph. He said that his shift lasts from 10PM to 8AM but since he's already so used to it, the most effortless thing to do to wipe off the hassle of working all night is to smile and possess a jolly outlook in life.
An excursionist (in silhouette) is photographed while picking stones by the beach a few moments before the sun rests in the northernmost tip of Qatar.
A Qatari lady walks briskly in the outskirts of Doha as the clock ticks near to Iftar—Muslims' first meal after sunset during Ramadan.
A woman disembarks from a Doha Bus Adventure truck to set foot in the vast Qatari desert.
A Doha Film Institute staff rides the Katara club car as the golden setting sun illuminates her blonde hair.
A South Asian expat sits in a mall's yet-to-open spot while using his phone to talk to his far-off loved ones.
A vendor rests against a bench near Souq Waqif's well-known pigeon houses on a sunny afternoon.
Kids take turns catching the 'tube man' in Aspire Zone.
An all-dressed-up South Asian expat looks on as cars pass by behind him.
Sisters take a break from watching cartoons on their phone to smile for the camera in the Lusail International Circuit for the Red Bull Car Park Drift 2018.
A restaurant staff looks on the camera while he prepares an appetizing chicken zinger wrap.
Now we know why the Katara Cultural Village is consistent at being clean and ideal to visit any time of day. Thanks to to these hardworking heroes!
A locksmith looks on as his fellow worker does his job at a key store in Bin Mahmoud area.
A middle-aged man looks at Entertainment World Village's famous Ferris Wheel with a slight smile painted on his face.
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What about you, how did you celebrate the World Photography Day? Did you share at least one photograph on your social media channels to dedicate on this special occasion? Or is our gallery more than enough to give you that 'photogenic' feeling? Drop us a line in the comments section below and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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