Rise Above Research Estimates that 1.13 Trillion Photos Will Still be Taken in 2020

June 22, 2020

Boston, MA – June 22, 2020 – The number of photos captured globally each year is now in the trillions. Even after factoring in an 15% decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rise Above Research estimates that 1.13 trillion photos will still be taken in 2020.

“Consumers continue to be snap happy. While the COVID-19 virus has put a damper on the growth for 2020, we believe that this decline in photo taking will be temporary. As restrictions are lifted, people will venture out with their cameras and phones in hand and begin snapping photos again,” said Ed Lee, director and founder of Rise Above Research.

With the full calendar year available for 2021, the number of photo taken globally is expected to rebound to 1.35 trillion photos. All this will add up to over 8 trillion photos stored in 2021.

The 2020 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast report provides a five-year forecast for the number of photos expected to be take globally. It also includes the shares of photos taken by smartphones, cameras, and tablets; which regions of the world are most photo-active; and the cumulative number of photos saved.

About Rise Above Research, LLC

Rise Above Research, LLC is an independent market intelligence and strategic consulting firm that supports industry vendors, service providers, and retailers with actionable intelligence to assist them in making effective decisions in fast-paced digital photography and imaging markets. Established in 2020 by industry veterans Ed Lee and David Haueter, Rise Above Research has extensive experience providing groundbreaking market research and strategic consulting for the digital imaging industry. Our industry analysts have a combined 40+ years of covering a wide variety of imaging markets.