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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Extract From RPS Nature Group Code of Conduct

Below is the start of the Codes of Conduct form the RPS Nature Group you can veiw the rest online see link to the right.

The Nature Photographers' Code of Practice
Produced by The Nature Group of The Royal Photographic Society.
Revised in 1997 and 2007 in consultation with the RSPB and the three Statutory Nature Conservation Councils.

There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times -

"The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.”

  • Photography should not be undertaken if it puts the subject at risk. Risk to the subject, in this context, means risk of disturbance, physical damage, causing anxiety, consequential predation, and lessened reproductive success.

  • Photography may be seen as a criminal offence with relation to some species, since disturbance will be occasioned.

  • Many species are afforded special legal protection. The Law as it affects nature photography must be observed. For Great Britain the main legislation is listed at the end of this leaflet. In other countries one should find out in advance any restrictions that apply.

  • Apparent lax or absence of local legislation should not lead any photographer to relax his/her own high standard.

  • The photographer should be familiar with the natural history of the subject; the more complex the life-form and the rarer the species, the greater his/ her knowledge must be. He/ she should also be sufficiently familiar with other natural history subjects to be able to avoid damaging their interests accidentally. Photography of uncommon creatures and plants by people who know nothing of the hazards to species and habitat is to be deplored.

  • With reference to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs): anyone who intentionally or recklessly destroys or damages any of the flora, fauna, geological or physio-graphical features by reason of which a site is of special interest, or intentionally or recklessly disturbs any of those fauna, is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine.

  • It is important for the good name of nature photography that its practitioners observe normal social courtesies. Permission should be obtained before working on private land and other naturalists should not be incommoded. Work at sites and colonies which are subjects of special study should be coordinated with the people concerned.

  • Photographs of dead, stuffed, homebred, captive, cultivated, or otherwise controlled specimens may be of genuine value but should never be passed off as wild and free. Users of such photographs (irrespective of the purpose for which it is thought they will be used) should always be informed, regardless of how little they may seem to care.

Morals and Ethics of Wildlife Photography

An issue that always surrounds wildlife photography is the issue of how and when and by what means was a image of a wild creature captured. Most wildlife photographers always put the subject first and picture second however there are some out there that do not and these in my opinion are harming the industry. Recently I found this extract from a Article in Wildlife Magazine by the photographer Mark Carwardine. The article was on integrity of photographers and also they use of captive animals in wildlife shots. The extract that I want to put in here is about codes of conduct when photographing wild animals.

These code of conducts have been put together by conservation groups and photography associations that are getting concerned about these issues

Code of Conduct

Most recommendations are common sense - the welfare of the subject is more important than getting the photo. Here are a few key points to remember.

  • Always photograph animals from a safe and respectable distance.

  • If an animal shows signs of stress, move further back or leave altogether.

  • Be patient and never try to force and animal to due something. Remember that the impact of many people si cumulative: you may be the 100th person that day to yell “Hey moose” while the poor creature is trying to feed or care for its young.

  • Never encrouch on nests and dens during the breeding season.

  • Treat the habitat to the same regard that you have for the animals themselves.

  • Respect local cultures and customs when you are working abroad.

  • Check published recommendations such as the excellent code of conduct produces by the nature group of the Royal Photographic Society:

  • Finally, always be honest and truthful when captioning your photos.

Monday, 10 May 2010

New Website

Just thougth I would let you all know my website is now up and running, check out the link below