A stunning look through the lens of #WorldPhotographyDay

In 1837 two Frenchmen by the name of Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre invented the great-great-great-grandfather of the selfie when they created the photographic process known as the Daguerreotype. For two years the duo perfected their technique before the French government bought the patent on Aug. 19, 1839, and democratized image creation forever by releasing the rights as a “gift to the world.” 

Nearly two centuries later, photography has evolved to become one of the most versatile forms of art in existence. Everything from the shows we watch to the pics we post to Instagram can trace their lineage back to those men. In an effort to celebrate just how far photography has come, an ambitious young Australian by the name of Korske Ara began the holiday known as World Photo Day on Aug. 19, 2010.

Since then, the celebration on the anniversary of the Daguerrotype’s release has evolved to become an all-out bonanza. This year we chose to take part by inviting our readers to share some of their favorite images with us on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #DDWorldPhotoDay. Photos poured in from around the globe and reminded us that sometimes getting away from screens is a good thing. 

Happy World Photography Day!! ?? —- #DDWorldPhotoDay #WorldPhotoDay #ilovebeingAphotographyminor

A photo posted by Ren Delgado (@karrendelgado) on

#GiardiniNaxos vista da #Taormina 🌊?🌞💓

A photo posted by Claudio Gentile (@transmediahunter) on

#lifeisabeach #instalifo #DDWorldPhotoDay #greece #evia # small island of Lihadonisia

A photo posted by thanos_haramis (@thanos_haramis) on

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Rush Hour in Midtown WEsT #nycsummer

A photo posted by S A N D E R . H O W A R D 🚶🏼 (@__sander__) on

Greece, Ah how I miss thee. Glad I had an amazing camera to capture the moments. #DDWorldPhotoDay

A photo posted by Adam Fogel (@adamfogelphotography) on

#DDWorldPhotoDay #colorado

A photo posted by Jason D. Kusler (@d3adpool) on

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Photo via Greg Seals

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Greg Seals

Greg Seals is a former social media producer and contributing writer for the Daily Dot. He specializes in creating and covering viral content on platforms that include Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.