1.6 Trillion Photos Will Be Taken in 2023: RAR

1.6 Trillion Photos Will Be Taken in 2023: RAR


Sparta, NJ—The number of photos captured globally has continued to grow after a decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. In fact, research firm Rise Above Research now estimates that 1.6 trillion photos will be taken in 2023.

1.6 Trillion Photos

The 1.6-trillion-captured-photos milestone represents a 7.5% increase over the 2022 numbers. Furthermore, the research firm expects that growth will continue, and that the popularity of smartphones will drive that growth.

“Photography is more popular than ever, when you consider the huge volumes of photos that are being taken every day. People are taking and sharing more photos than ever before in history. Moreover, those numbers continue to rise, driven by smartphones and sharing via texting, social media and email. Photos are a primary means of communication.” said David Haueter, director and founder of Rise Above Research.

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David Haueter

As the number of photos taken continues to rise, so does the number of photos that are stored. Rise Above Research also estimates that consumers/photographers will store close to 10 trillion photos worldwide in 2023. They will do so on handsets, the cloud as well as other storage media.

Rise Above Research’s 2023 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast report provides a five-year forecast for the number of photos expected to be taken globally. It also includes the shares of photos taken by smartphones, cameras and tablets. Further, it breaks it down by which regions of the world are most photo-active. And it provides the cumulative number of photos saved.

Rise Above Research, LLC

Rise Above Research is an independent market intelligence and strategic consulting firm. It supports industry vendors, service providers and retailers with actionable intelligence to assist them in making effective decisions in fast-paced photography and imaging markets.

Established in 2020, Rise Above Research has extensive experience providing groundbreaking market research and strategic consulting for the digital imaging industry.