National Camera Day | June 29
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


Everything comes into focus on June 29th each year when we recognize National Camera Day. The day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention. A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places. Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting. Capturing an image of a person or place in a drawing took time and skill. Very few people can perfectly draw the likeness of someone, let alone capture the essence of an event.


The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive, and fast solution. George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses. While he did not invent the camera, he did develop many additions improving the use, ease, and production of the camera. His developments made the camera widely available to homes around the world.

While the first cameras were large and bulky, each later design evolved until some cameras were as small as a pen. Today’s digital cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to people of all ages for personal and professional use. The portable and easy-to-use features not only allow us to take photos quickly, but we can also edit them on the fly. Smartphones with built-in cameras include features that allow us to share photos instantly, too. 

Taking photos has become so easy. According to Business Insider, in 2017, we took over 1.2 trillion digital photos! From a large boxy camera to one that fits in our pocket, cameras have come a long way.


Whether photography is a hobby or your profession, celebrate the day by taking photos. Snap a picture of something or someone you enjoy and cherish the memory. But taking pictures isn’t the only way to celebrate.

  • Take a photography class.
  • Teach someone how to take outstanding photos.
  • Expand your photography skills by learning more about your camera.
  • Try a different style of photography or camera.

Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.

Everything about taking quality photos begins with the best equipment you can find. So try these cameras for yourself.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this flashy holiday. 

June 29th Celebrated History


Fire destroys Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. A cannon used in the performance of “Henry VIII” caused the thatched roof to quickly become engulfed.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 creating the United States Interstate Highway System.


Richard Branson completes the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean aboard Virgin Atlantic Challenger II.


Apple Inc. offers the iPhone for sale for the first time.

June 29th Celebrated Birthdays

William Mayo – 1861

Best known as co-founder of the Mayo Clinic with his brother Charles, William Mayo was exposed to the medical field at a young age through his experiences with his physician father. Both became surgeons with expertise in many methods and procedures.

Maurice Britt – 1919

Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1940, Maurice Britt’s career headed into high gear. Then in 1941, he was drafted once again – by the United States Army. Britt went on to become the army service member in United States history to receive the three highest combat awards in a single war. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Medal of Honor, and the Silver Star among many other awards.

Following the war, Britt served his home state as Lt. Governor for two terms.

Harmon Killebrew – 1936

Playing mostly for the Minnesota Twins, Harmon Killebrew was a right-handed power hitter. His numerous home runs and last name earned him an obvious nickname. However, “Killer” didn’t quite fit the soft-spoken nature of the person.

Eva Boyd – 1943

“Come on, do the locomotion…” Known as Little Eva, the American pop singer is known for her recordings of “Locomotion” and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.”

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