Starsphinx Posted September 7, 2018 Share Posted September 7, 2018 That is actually a question I am seriously considering. I have had, like most photographers, been asked when taking photos on the street or a park, if it is legal for me to do so and I don't I need the people's permission and isn't it illegal to photograph children but last night it reached a whole new level. I was shooting an under 18s FA cup match - with obviously the permission and approval of the ground I was at and hosted by the coach/manager of the home team. This game was at a regular team ground and was fully open to the public (not always the case with youth teams). At halftime I was approached and challenged by the referee on safeguarding issues - was it acceptable for me to be taking pictures of a game involving some 15-year-olds. Now I have to say I was so not expecting the question that I did fumble a bit with the answer due to my mind boggling and told him the only permission I needed was that of the ground owner and that taking photographs in a public place or a place where there is full public access is fully legal no matter what the age of people in shot. I did go over after the game and explained a bit better but I have to say I was rocked that a match official could be considering stopping photography. After he approached me he did go and talk to both managers and was told by the home manager that they film every game (the game was also being videoed by the club which is used for match analysis) and the away manager said he knew about it and did not have a problem. Now don't get me wrong I do shoot a fair amount of youth games and I am well aware of safeguarding issues - as I explained to the referee after the match there is a difference between a game fully open to the public last night and a game taking place in a closed situation - in closed games I make sure both teams are comfortable with there being photography and check for any safeguarding issues which I make sure to comply with. My concern is that if officials at open games are so ignorant of the laws around photographers is it time to start carrying them with me before I find myself prevented from shooting because someone does not know the law. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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