May 16, 2022

Grand Tetons National park axes plans for portrait photography permits

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) voiced their issues about the new guidelines in a letter to the Grand Tetons National Park.

The letter states that over a decade ago, “Congress– after years of thinking about the concern and holding numerous hearings on the problem– enacted a bill that outlined when the National Park System might need a license and/or charge a cost for photography in nationwide parks. The law is now clear– a license is not required for low effect, portable photography in national forests.”

Among the proposed guidelines that provoked a strong reaction from professional photographers was brand-new allowing requirements for providing “picture services” to clients. Photographers would be required to pay $300 for a permit for image shoots and likewise send out at least 3% of all their incomes in the park back to the park.

The current law states that professional photographers can shoot in a National Park without requiring an authorization as long as their topics are not models and they are in a part of the park accessible to the general public and there are no props being utilized. Wedding couples, senior portraits and other similar topics are not considered to be models in this circumstances.

Not just this however photographers would have been needed to use an identifiable uniform throughout the shoot, and restrict their shoots to within half a mile of roads or developed routes. Authorities had actually also proposed to avoid photographers from being permitted to shoot any wedding event smaller than 12 individuals in attendance.

The rules were in direct contradiction to existing laws on what is and isnt allowed National Parks in terms of business photography and were proposed mainly due to a large increase in wedding events and wedding event picture sessions being held within the park.

Grand Teton National forest has actually reversed its choice to need an authorization for any sort of portrait photography within its borders. The proposed guidelines had actually provoked criticism from both professional photographers and very first amendment legal representatives and were axed following an effective campaign by a number of photography associations.

Great news for photographers particularly any Wyoming and Idaho based wedding event photographers