Photography, film & media

To play and protect

Ask before you snap

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.


(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, read on.


Professionals and aspiring professionals

(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 – and that includes websites, gallery showings, traditional and digital media –  then you need to seek and be granted written permission.

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.

At Burning Seed, we are seeking to create a radically self-expressive space where people can openly be or do anything. There is therefore 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 media passes. In a participatory community such as ours, you're part of it too. So, yes, you must buy a ticket.

2017 media registration will open on 1 August.

2017 Media Registration will close at midnight on 10 September. Prospective media will then have one week (until 17th September) to provide signed contracts to complete the accreditation process

Download the still photography and/or film photography contracts, scan and email completed contracts to comms@burningseed.com by 17 September 2017.

If you have any questions email sirandy@burningseed.com or call 0404 615 596


Can't find the answer you're looking for? Shoot a line to comms@burningseed.com