It’s the last week of voting for Stir’s microgrant program for Season 2 and my project, World Photo Day is in the running to score funding to further develop the project.

I’d love your support and you can vote for my project on the website at worldphotoday.com/support.

The World Photo Day project first launched in 2010 and since then, I’d been working on it in my spare time as I travelled around Australia. There’s only so much that you can achieve while living out of a car so this year, 2016, I made the decision to stop travelling and to focus on building World Photo Day into the global celebration that I always wanted to see it become.

Applying for the Stir Microgrant has been one of the many steps involved in changing the focus of World Photo Day from a casual project into a global photography event.

I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. There’s incredible potential in World Photo Day and I’m excited to realise the positive global impact that can be made though the celebration photography.

Will you join this global photography celebration with me?

Here’s are the details about the project and what I’m trying to achieve here in Canberra:

World Photo Day on Stir

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!

Why Support World Photo Day?

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!

What is the current position of World Photo Day?

World Photo Day already has an established community with 47,000 Facebook fans, 4,000 Instagram followers and 4,000 Twitter followers. We also have over 11,000 registered participants on our website from 111 countries.

The project is currently going through a period of growth with a focus to become a financially sustainable event. We’re leveraging our existing community to build World Photo Day out from just a “Day” into a brand that influences the global photography community all year round. Some projects include the launch of a podcast, industry news blogging and a tutorial platform that encourages photographers to share their knowledge with others.

How will the grant money be used?

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.

Where will World Photo Day go in the future?

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.

It’s the last week of voting for Stir’s microgrant program for Season 2 and my project, World Photo Day is in the running to score funding to further develop the project.