World Photography Day, observed every year on Aug. 19, brings together thousands of photographers - amateur as well as professionals - from across the world to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful art of photography.
Take a look at the top 20 quotes on photography here
The camera enables an individual to capture moments that are gone forever and cannot be created again. It enables one to live those precious moments again, and inspires people across the globe to share their world with the world.
Let's take a look at the top 15 Instagram accounts to follow for amazing photographs on the occasion of World Photo Day.
Twilight descends over San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. In 2013, I chased the shadow of my 5th great grandmother, following our family tree to the historic home of the famous revolutionary Josefa Ortiz Dominguez, a mother of 14 who helped start the revolution of Independence. What I found stunned me — a story I penned for @natgeotravel titled "Granny Diaries." #tbt #gratitude A photo posted by Pete McBride (@pedromcbride) on Jul 28, 2016 at 3:27pm PDT
Penguins adrift on an iceberg off the coast of Deception Island, part of the South Shetland Archipelago. This image was shot around midnight on a recent expedition to Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Orion. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing images from the last year's worth of assignment for #NGExpeditions. Hope you enjoy!
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto #NatgeoEarthDay Everyday is Earth Day Earth Day on April 22 celebrates our planet and the life that it provides for all living things. Though we have humans often forget that without the vital necessities our planet gives us we would no longer survive. The air we breathe the water we drink is all here for us every moment of every day. Though we take it for granted as we do the natural systems which provide these life giving elements. The oceans and forests give us the air we breathe. 50% of our oxygen comes from forest - the other 50% from the oceans.Though we cut down the forests and pollute and remove the creatures which keep our seas in balance. 75% of our fresh water comes from forests and grasslands. forest which pull carbon from the atmosphere and slow climate change and give homes to the creatures which live within. Including some of my favorite animals big cats. Here are 2 leopard Cubs in Sanjay Gandhi National Park having a drink with Mumbai below. Want to have your #EarthDay photo published on NatGeo.com? Add #NatgeoEarthDay to your images, then check NatGeo.com on Earth Day, April 22nd. #NatgeoEarthDay @natgeo @stevewinterphoto @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsforever #ivoryfree #wildaid #bigcatsforever A photo posted by Steve Winter (@stevewinterphoto) on Apr 18, 2016 at 11:21am PDT
Archive series: Krishna One of my favourites. This image is part of my series known as the "Archive series". I remember the moment like yesterday. We placed the artist on the spot with the help of a boat, the standing area was limited and winds started to pick up. It was very easy for the artist to say no to all of this, but he was a sport and wanted to make this happen equally as well. I signaled him to lift up one of his legs in mudra position. Then I looked through my camera viewfinder for the first time and it made hands shiver. I just knew this was going to be one of my best work yet. I somehow calmed myself down and started clicking. Ended up with this :) All credits to the brave artist : Mohan devan. Thanks to my brothers : @abhisheikmenon and @buddhasource #kathakali #keralatourism #kerala
In this incredible journey as a wildlife photojournalist there have been countless moments where I have come upon a scene that was so jaw-dropping beautiful that all I could do was stare in awe. Looking out over a sea of 400,000 king penguins, framed by 8000-foot peaks and listening to crashing surf just behind me was one such experience. My images do not do justice to scenes like this and I wish I could bring everyone with me to witness such powerful moments in nature. #Follow us on @sea_legacy to learn of our efforts in driving the conservation needle. #penguin #nature #naturelovers #thejourney #gratitude #tbt #beauty #photooftheday A photo posted by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) on Jul 11, 2016 at 6:56pm PDT
"War does not determine who is right --- only who is left." Bertrand Russell Fatuma was abducted by the LRA as a young woman and forced into indentured servitude and sex slavery. She told a story of how women within her group were made to dispose of others who could not keep up. If one would say "I'm tired...", their commander would say "let this one rest." A machete was then handed to another one of the women who was expected to 'eliminate' the issue. This was often done under the threat of death. After years of trauma, Fatuma escaped. Because she did not undergo a reintegration process, she has slipped back to the fringes of society, despondent and isolated with the five children she cares for. The war is not over for her. Her persistent PTSD is not the only reminder of what she has been through. In this image, she shows @ocittid and @erica_shay of @pathwaystopeaceuganda where a small piece of shrapnel from a bomb is lodged in her neck, churned by and tearing muscle causing nearly constant pain. She has three significant shrapnel related injuries that she feels daily. For many, the meaning of Christmas is lost beneath the veneer of opulence. I'd encourage us all to pause and really give thanks for how fortunate we are and how we can give back to the planet and those less fortunate. Today is about getting out from underneath the tree and stepping back into the forest...in all its darkness and light. Merry Christmas Visit @pathwaystopeaceuganda to find out more or to donate...awareness and education matter.
The Sun Tunnels in Lucin, Utah were built as part of the Earth Art Movement in the 1970's by artist, Nancy Holt. On the solstices the tunnels align with the setting sun and various holes in the tunnel walls point you to constellations. It is a long drive to the middle of nowhere but they are interesting. For me they are also the place where I watched the best sunset I've ever seen! PC: @peregrination_photography #suntunnels #utah #pictureline #earthart A photo posted by Dustin LeFevre (@dustinlefevre) on Jul 2, 2016 at 7:39am PDT
Kolkata, West Bengal, India. #kolkata #india #everydayindia @everydayindia A photo posted by Drew Hopper | Australia (@drewhopper) on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:49pm PDT
#landscapephotography #ilovephotography #photooftheday #followme #capturelandscapes #greatshotz #ig_myshot #exclusive_shots #jaw_dropping_shots #WorldSunset #ig_udog #skylove_ #sunset_vision #ourplanetdaily #photosergereview #nikon #d750 #amazing #southafrica #rocks #ishootwithorms #MoodyGrams #seascape #longexpoelite #capetown #clouds #cloudscape #ig_shotz_april @sunset_stream #special_shots @special_shots A photo posted by Mark Cullinan (@mjcullinan_photography) on Apr 28, 2016 at 2:35am PDT
Water falls are amazingly dynamic. I've seen this one in Washington take on so many looks. Frozen with a million deadly daggers in the Winter to flooded, brown heavy flows in the Spring and a crystal clear trickle in the Summer. They always have something to offer. @natgeoadventure @natgeocreative @kolekrieger @ladydi143 @nikonandy A photo posted by Chad Copeland (@chadcopeland) on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:29am PDT