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Founded in 2009 by Australian photographer Korske Ara, the day aims to encourage us all to indulge in our creative tendencies and explore our photography skills.
Did you know that there are multiple mental health benefits in pursuing creative activities such as photography? Here, we have listed a few reasons why photography could be your new favourite pastime...
Focus - Experts say that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts in a day. Taking part in a creative activity such as photography can help focus the mind and help you take stock of your mental landscape.
Happiness - By succeeding at a creative task, such as capturing a beautiful photo, your brain is flooded with the feel-good chemical dopamine, which in turn reduces anxiety, boosts your mood, and even slows your heart rate.
Reduce stress - Studies have found that taking part in creative hobbies can help prevent depression, lower stress levels and process traumatic experiences.
Mindfulness - Photography is a form of mindfulness and allows you to be present in the moment and take notice of your feelings.
Confidence - Photography allows you to share your individuality and take pride in the results of your creativity, thus boosting your confidence, self-esteem, and mental resilience.
Whether you consider yourself a professional or an amateur with a camera, there are plenty of ways to get involved with World Photography Day 2020.
Get snapping - Pick up a camera - you can use your smartphone if you don’t have one - and spend some time capturing images. You don’t need to go on an outdoor excursion taking photos of picturesque scenery (although you can if you want to). Instead, take photos of items, people or locations from your daily life that are meaningful to you - try to show your personality through the lens.
Struggling for inspiration? Think about your interests e.g. wildlife, nature, film, architecture, people watching, engineering, your home, food etc.
Learn - Research the history of photography and its importance in preserving history. Look up your favourite images and discover the stories behind them - you may be surprised at what you learn!
Share your photos - Want to share your images? Submit your photography to the official World Photography Day website here. You can also share your images via social media using the hashtag #WorldPhotographyDay.
Finding the right balance of work, family and personal time can be a difficult task. During our hectic lives, it can be easy to forget about self-care, often putting the wellbeing of others above our own.
World Photography Day is an opportunity for you to discover a new pastime for you to enjoy and reap the mental health benefits from. Whether your subject is a landscape or lamppost, the mental health benefits of a creative hobby such as photography are boundless.
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