A Canberra-based project that’s uniting a community of young guns to develop the world’s largest photography event.
Ever thought about creating a World/National Day? In 2009, I did just that when I started World Photo Day while sitting on my bed at home right here in Canberra. Six years later, hundreds of thousands of people around the world celebrate photography every August. World Photo Day is a global photography celebration that’s uniting local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography. We’re using technology to connect with ordinary people that love taking photos and we’re using those connections to promote a passion for photography that positively impacts our communities. Photography is a powerful method of communication that we can use to uplift people and initiate change in our world. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and those words can be in any of the 6,500 languages on planet earth. World Photo Day has been a project that has challenged me to grow and develop a whole range of unique skills that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn in an entry level position or internship. Part of the growth strategy of World Photo Day is to connect with young people passionate about turning ideas into reality and giving them a platform they can do that on. Whether it’s the development of a social media strategy or the production of an advertising campaign, I believe that young people have the ability to do great things when given the chance. World Photo Day is removing the barrier to gain experience not just in developing ideas and strategies but pitching them, implementing them and taking ownership of their decisions. The challenging and inspiring part of all this? It’s real, and it’s on a global stage!
I’m a local Canberran, and out of our humble little city, I’ve developed the foundation of the world’s largest community focused photography event. But the vision is way too big for one young gun to achieve on their own.
I built World Photo Day for community, and I want to develop it together with community. Building out the World Photo Day vision requires a whole community of young guns, and I’m working on building that community of passionate young people as you read this.
In a world where experience is a vital part of entering employment, I believe that this project will be a powerful tool in Canberra to encourage passionate young people to demonstrate and develop their skills under a global spotlight. That’s a pretty cool opportunity!
Funding from Stir will be used to support the costs of implementing solutions that will help group based collaboration.
Some of the business grade solutions I am currently deploying include: Google for Work, Insightly CRM and GIT Source Code Management.
Currently, World Photo Day is primarily a web-based celebration. In 2017, I want to pursue the launch of local photography themed community events run in cities across the world. Including here in Canberra.