World Photo Day: Fargo-Moorhead artists inspire positivity
FARGO — With shootings, terrorism and hate-filled marches filling newsfeeds, it's easy to lose sight of the good in our world. But today — on World Photo Day — we share the captured good.
Sharing Aug. 19 with World Humanitarian Day, World Photo Day was founded by Australian photographer Korske Ara in 2009 in an attempt to inspire a better world through photography.
With a global photo contest and citywide photo event in Canberra, Australia, the day unites millions of photographers while pledging 10 percent of total gross annual revenue to support individuals and organizations that inspire positive change in the world, according to the website.
"Photography is a powerful method of communication that we can use to uplift, inspire and initiate change in our world," Ara says on the website.
In light of World Photo Day, local photographers share their thoughts on this art as well as their own images that reflect positivity.
Q: Why did you choose to become a photographer?
A: I chose to become a photographer because I enjoy turning a family's everyday moments into art. I love being able to capture little moments that they don't even notice as significant and showing it to them in such a way that they say, 'Yes! That's our life — that's us' and making that something beautiful that they'll want to show off and remember forever. — Lauren Kupfer, 34, Lauren K Photography
Q: What inspires you about photography?
A: Photography makes me want to travel, both in seeing it and having the desire to capture it. I love capturing people in moments they don't realize they're being photographed for a true illustration of who they are. — Laura Stoneburner, 32, owner of Stoneburner Studios
Q: How do you think photography impacts the world?
A: Photography gives us pause, and I can think of no other time in history when we've needed that more. A photo can capture a moment and leave it for reflection, learning, change, hope. Photography can reach people and places inside our hearts that cannot be reached by anything else. It is whole and singular at the same time, allowing each viewer to determine their own emotions about a photo in the privacy of their minds. — Kari Lugo, 43, owner of Kari Lugo Photography
Q: What don't most people realize about photography?
A: In my experience, some folks equate high-end equipment with excellent photographs. An interesting and/or compelling photograph is usually created thanks to the eye, heart and the mind of the photographer. And, sometimes luck is a factor. Equipment is simply a tool, especially in the age of digital cameras. — Ann Arbor Miller, 45, owner of Arbor Photographic
Q: How can photography help make a difference?
A: By provoking hearts and minds to react, to think, to learn, to remember. Photography can move people to do incredible things, and it can be the most simple learning tool, to teach the toughest of lessons. — Kari Lugo, 43, owner of Kari Lugo Photography
Q: What are some reasons to celebrate photography?
A: There's something so enjoyable about a beautiful photo. It's amazing to me the level of creativity and talent that other photographers have. It serves as a constant inspiration to be better and to keep learning. There's something so pure about being able to enjoy a great photo because you are left to interpret the image. You don't have any outside influences swaying your decision or telling you how to feel. While a photographer can shoot an image to highlight certain aspects of a situation or conflict, it is ultimately up to the viewer to make a decision as to how they want to feel about the image. That is something that seems harder to come by nowadays.
— Nichole Seitz, 31, owner of Nichole Seitz Photography
Read more local photographer's responses online at Inforum.com.
World Photo Day contest
To submit photos to the World Photo Day global photo contest, visit Worldphotoday.com.
2017 N.D. Governor's photo contest
Launched in 2004, the North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest calls for North Dakota residents to submit their best photos that capture the beauty of the state. Starting with just 300 entries the first year, the contest has grown exponentially with nearly 11,000 photos submitted in years since.
Categories: Adventure and Recreation, Scenery, Communities and Events, Fun with Family and Friends, Places to Visit and Wildlife.
• Category winners: $200 cash prize
• Selected honorable mentions: $50 cash prize and North Dakota Legendary merchandise
• "Best of Show" winner: additional $300 cash prize, one-year membership to AAA
• Winning photos will also be published through N.D. Tourism, AAA and N.D. Capitol building
Deadline for entry is Aug. 31. Complete contest rules can be found at NDtourism.com.
For more information, contact the Tourism Division at (701) 328-2525.