8 October 2012
Last updated at 16:53
A Day In The World is being billed by organisers as the largest global photography exhibition ever staged, shown on 85,000 digital displays in 22 countries. Among the exhibits will be Iranian photographer Mehran Hamrahi's shot of a young boy diving past a water buffalo.
The project asked amateur and professional photographers around the world to pick up their cameras and photograph a single day in their lives on 15 May 2012. Inspired by a 2003 project in Sweden, organiser Jeppe Wikstrom told the BBC that "half those pictures submitted were taken on film. Now all that has changed, only one percent of the images were taken on film."
Wikstrom continues: "All those everyday moments are rarely documented by photographers. Honestly, have you taken a picture of your desk? How many everyday images do you take at home? There are always birthdays and vacations. The flat in which I used to live, I didn't have any pictures of the kitchen, now that part of my life is lost. Everyday life is the essence of this project."
Forty-five of the 100,000 pictures submitted will be shown on screens across the world, in partnership with advertising agency Posterscope. Some of the photos are designed to make the viewer think, such as Jack Mikrut's shot of tourists taking turns to photograph themselves and their pet dog in front of the capsized Costa Concordia ship off the island of Giglio in Italy.
The best 1,000 pictures will also be included in a book. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written the foreword, saying: "Photography is a wonderful communication tool, transcending the barriers of age, language culture and gender. Photography connects." This beautiful shot from Hands Strand shows the icy waters of Greenland.
The left hand picture by KM Asad from Bangladesh shows 45-year-old Rahela who works in a factory cleaning waste from the production of incense, despite suffering from asthma. Wikstrom says: "Some of the most extraordinary images come from Bangladesh, people were really engaged and they have a strong tradition of photography. The same goes for Portugal but also the UK which was very well represented". The light-hearted shot on the right shows a makeshift light switch cover - but note the swastika carved into the Mona Lisa's forehead.
A hungry dog waiting expectantly in Denver, Colorado; a deliveryman in Venice, Italy; and a ballet school in Toronto, Canada. Wikstrom, a photographer himself, says: "We got slightly fewer pictures than we expected but the quality was better. What struck us was the sincerity of the pictures. People are being really honest and straightforward."
Photos can be seen on the Day In The World website, including this picture of a group of children playing in South Africa, taken by Corneli. The photos are also being shown on screens throughout the world, including train stations, airports and bus stops across the UK. Wikstrom says: "So many people have opened their eyes to everyday life as something that needs to be documented, we have already achieved success by seeing thousands of people all over the world starting to focus on those little things."