To play and protect
Ask before you snap
Photography and film is allowed at Burning Seed, however we have strict rules in place which say what you can do and when you can do it. This is our approach to filming and photography at Burning Seed for both participants and professional or amateur media. Not sure which is your snap-happy category? The line between professional and non-professional is less distinct at our event and both categories share some of the same responsibilities, so please read ahead.
Professionals and aspiring professionals - Media Registration
(aka pics, flicks and articles for wider distribution)
If you are planning to take photographs or film for anything beyond sharing with friends and family – including websites, gallery showings, traditional and digital media – then you need to seek and be granted written permission and complete media registration. If you are planning to write and publish an article, you will also need to register with us too. Photographers and videographers will also need to sign usage agreements, which will be emailed upon approval of your project and which you will need to either scan and send back or give to the media contact person on site.
A ticket does not automatically give you the right to film, take pictures or write for publication or broadcast, regardless of commercial intent. Even if you obtain a media pass, this doesn't mean that you can photograph or film whatever you want. Consent still applies.
At Burning Seed, we are seeking to create a radically self-expressive space where people can openly be or do anything. Because of this, there is a greater need at our Burn to maintain the integrity and safety of the space and its people – and for participants to know and trust that this is happening. And that means we like to keep an eye on the media, photographers and filmmakers – professional, semi-professional and amateur.
With the size of our event still intimate, we also set a limit on the number of film projects each year. Hey, we don't want a store on every corner, why would we want a camera on every one too?
And there are no free media passes or tickets. In a participatory community such as ours, you're part of it too. So yes, you must buy a ticket.
Registrations are open from 1st August. Registrations will strictly close on Tuesday 22nd August at 5pm.
Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) otherwise known as drones are becoming more and more popular. Drones are allowed at Burning Seed, however along with professional photographers you first need to have a media registration complete. All drones must also be registered with Red Earth Mutant Vehicles (RedMV) before they are allowed to be used at Burning Seed. To read the Burning Seed drone policy and register your drone with RedMV, click here to visit the RedMV page.
(aka pics and flicks for me and my friends)
People, places, faces, fun ... if you weren't already glued to your camera in your 'normal' life, it'll become a second limb at Seed. Who could blame you?
But we have three words for you: consent, consent, consent.
In a world where people are pushing the envelope of their own self-expression, or perhaps wanting to explore somebody else's, such freedom is only assured by knowing you are safe to do so.
So, before you click that button, ask first — especially if they are naked, intoxicated or in the middle of an intimate, vulnerable or private moment. And if asking first is not possible, make sure to check in with the person once the photo has been taken.
Whether you're a newcomer or not, you might not know what is acceptable until you ask. By asking, you'll eliminate confusion and foster a tighter, safer community where people know their boundaries are protected and respected.
Remember: photographs might seem like a good idea at the time but radical self-expression can look quite different out of its natural habitat and splashed all round Facebook for employers, family members and others to see.
If you are just sharing your photos with friends and families, then here endeth our little chat. But if you're taking images for greater public distribution, you'll fall under the professional category. See the info on the left.