“World Photography Day” …. August 19, 2014!!


~~August 19, 2014~~

World Photography Day is held on August 19th every year bringing together photographers across the globe in a worldwide celebration of photography.

Celebrate 175 Years of Photography this August
World Photo Day 2014 marks the release of the first practical photographic process patent in 1839.

Find out more at http://www.worldphotoday.org.


It’s hard to believe photography didn’t exist 200 years ago.

All of the hundreds of thousands of fleeting moments we capture today and take so much for granted, our not-so-distant ancestors were unable to do. They never knew the joy of looking at photo albums of weddings, birthdays, births, and just everyday life. Today there are very few special moments in our lives that are not captured by a camera of one form or another. 


“It was in the year 1839 that two photographic techniques were discovered, the daguerrotype by Louis Daguerre, and the calotype by William Fox Talbot. On August 19th of that year, the French government announced photography as a gift “free to the world”.

No truer words were ever spoken. It has been quite a gift. Can you remember the first photograph you took? Or, can you remember the first photograph you ever saw? The one that made an impact on you, that spoke to you, that inspired you to pick up a camera and create something? Do you remember what that felt like?


Have you ever stopped to think about what your life would be like without photography? I have. I’ve wondered what the world would be like if we didn’t have images surrounding us constantly. To not have the photos on my walls of my kids or not be able to show them photos of their great-grandparents. I’ve wondered what art would be like. Would modern art, as we know it today, exist without the invention of photography? When photography came along, many artists got scared. In the past, they painted what they saw; that was art. When they realized the potential of the photograph, they had to evolve and grow. They began to show the world that art was more than just capturing reality.  We saw the invention of Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, etc. Artists like Picasso and Pollock and Rothko challenged what we thought of as art.”




The World Photography Organization (WPO) is an international organization which manages various initiatives for amateur and professional photographers. Incorporated as World Photography Awards Limited, the organisation hosts the annual Sony World Photography Awards and the subsequent World Photography Festival, exhibiting the work of winning photographers in each category. Sponsored by Sony, the awards took place in Cannes since 2008 and moved to London in 2011.

Other programs include; the World Photography Student Focus Competition; Photo Shanghai; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Collection and the World Photography Focus Program.


~~World Photography Awards~~

The World Photography Awards are organized annually by WPO. They were launched in 2008 and are currently sponsored by Sony. The competition has three entry levels; Student, Open and Professional, each with a number of subcategories.

The overall winner of the Professional category is awarded with the Iris d’Or, a cash prize and the title “Sony World Photographer of the Year” at the Awards ceremony which takes place in London. The award ceremony is part of the larger World Photography Festival and features exhibitions, workshops, portfolio review, student programs and talks from World Photographic Academy members, culminating in the award ceremony.

An exhibition of winners is held at Somerset House in London.



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~~World Photo Day Facebook Page~~

Uniting local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography each August.


Uniting local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography every August.


Started in 2009 and first launched globally in 2010, the World Photography Day project is now one of the worlds fastest growing photography celebrations.

Today, we take our photographs for granted. But next time you’re flicking though photos from your last holiday, remember that there was once a time when photography didn’t exist. A time when those precious moments couldn’t be captured, uploaded and shared.







I follow several wonderful photographers through their blogs and websites.

I would like to honor them today.









There are so many others out there. You all make the world a better place. 


A trip to 2013

~~World Photo Day 2013~~

~~Published on Aug 19, 2013~~

We’re celebrating world photography day with a collection of breathtaking photographs from ProShow users around the world. Images were submitted all the way from the Chugach Mountains of Alaska to the beaches of Western Australia.


~~Published on Aug 18, 2014~~

Photriya Venky


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The Gulabi Gang …. Indian women vigilantes!!


~~July 1, 2014~~ 

The Gulabi gang (from Hindi गुलाबी gulabī, “pink”) is a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists originally from BundelkhandUttar Pradesh, but reported to be active across North India as of 2010.



The Gulabi gang was founded by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five and former government health worker (as well as a former child bride), as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against womenGulabis visit abusive husbands and threaten to beat them with laathis (sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives.

In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back on the power they had cut in order to extract bribes. They have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.

The group, which the Indian media portray positively, are reported to have an estimated 400,000 members as of 2014, as well as a chapter in Paris, France.


The Gulabi Gang is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.
This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marriages and dowry demands. The women’s group is popularly known as Gulabi or ‘Pink’ Gang because the members wear bright pink saris and wield bamboo sticks. Sampat says, “We are not a gang in the usual sense of the term, we are a gang for justice.”
The Gulabi Gang was initially intended to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion. The members of the gang would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason. The more serious offenders were publicly shamed when they refused to listen or relent. Sometimes the women resorted to their lathis, if the men resorted to use of force.
Today, the Gulabi Gang has tens of thousands of women members, several male supporters and many successful interventions to their credit. Whether it is ensuring proper public distribution of food-grains to people below the poverty line, or disbursement of pension to elderly widows who have no birth certificate to prove their age, or preventing abuse of women and children, the Pink sisterhood is in the forefront, bringing about system changes by adopting the simplest of methods – direct action and confrontation.
 Four years ago, British filmmaker Kim Longinotto had made a feature length documentary titled Pink Saris.
The film followed Sampat Pal Devi, the leader of the band of pink sari-clad women in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, and through her, had brought out Pal’s unique fight for women’s rights.  
The film had won quite a few international awards, and a lot of critical acclaim. Sampat Pal is a compelling subject – brash, foul-mouthed, upfront, no-nonsense. And someone who has raised a battalion of civilian women to fight for the rights of the likes of themselves in a society that is appallingly patriarchal.
No wonder, one film cannot do justice to the character that is Sampat Pal, who became a household name thanks to her appearance in the 2012 season of reality show Big Boss.

~~Gulabi Gang~~

~The Documentary – Official Theatrical Trailer~


~~Published on Feb 3, 2014~~

Sohum Shah presents Nishtha Jain’s multiple award winning documentary Gulabi Gang. The film is being theatrically released in India by PVR Director’s Rare on 21st February, 2014.

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