Photography and filming notes.
The Melbourne Ride has no ‘official’ photography/filming policy.
We welcome photography during the ride, but there are some restrictions.
Please ensure you sign in to the ‘pool log’ so that we identify you and get in touch at a later date.
For any coverage you produce we would appreciate if you contact us with medium details and/or a copy/link for us.
A – PHOTOGRAPHERS BEHAVIOUR
Photographers are expected to behave in a respectful, friendly and reasonable manner at all times.
If you make any rider excessively uncomfortable, you will be required to leave the assembly area and/or ride.
B – AT THE ASSEMBLY AREA (both BEFORE and AFTER the ride)
1. Ask permission before photographing a rider.
2. No photos of people people being body painted, dressing or undressing please.
3. No photos of people in the designated Body Painting area – this maybe enforced by Stewards.
C – DURING THE RIDE
1. No close-up photos without getting consent of the rider
2. No photos allowed of a rider who objects.
This policy is intended to curtail any inconsiderate photography which might otherwise take place. We wish to create a safe and supportive environment for all riders.
All photographers present at the ride must abide by this policy. Those who do not will be asked to leave. This includes any riders or press who take photos.
To ensure that this policy is clear to all present, it may appear on signs at the ride assembly area or on leaflets distributed at the event.
Please take care not to intentionally or recklessly interfere with the safety, comfort or convenience of any person on the ride.
Anyone violating this regulation may be reported to the Police.
No-photo Zone around the Body Painting
This year, the Body Painting area will be set up in the middle of a “no-photo” zone in an assembly area. If riders wish to escape photography, they are welcome to come into the “no-photo” zone for sanctuary.
Be an Assembly Area Welfare Volunteer
WNBR is a spectacular and highly photogenic event and we welcome respectful photography and filming from the press and between friends. Some photographers can however be intrusive and become a nuisance. To help make the assembly feel safe and fun for everyone, we need 10-15 people to act as Welfare Volunteers in the Assembly Area between 3pm-4pm. After 3.30pm, the Welfare Volunteers will no longer have any responsibilities, and can join the ride if they wish.
The volunteers will-
1. Physically define and enforce a temporary “No Photography Zone” for bodypainting. This zone will be also be available for those wanting to undress more privately.
2. Roam the site, keeping an eye on photographers’ behaviour and politely intervening if necessary.
If you wish to be a Welfare Volunteer for the assembly area, please contact us.
Enforcing the Photo Policy (by you the riders)
We created this downloadable “Photo Policy Enforcement Board” which is downloadable as a PDF.
The download prints out onto two sheets of A4 which you can attach to both sides of an A4 piece of card or cardboard.
It has the photo policy info on one sheet and in large letters it says “This Photo was taken without permission”.
Our hope is that plenty of riders will have their own “Photo Policy Enforcement Board” on hand at the ride. If verbal intervention doesn’t succeed in stopping a problem photographer, please hold the board between an inconsiderate photographer and the unwilling subject. We’ll see if this works.
To make it happen, you’ll need to download, and print the signs (and affix them onto two sides of an A4 sized bit of card). Be sure to have somewhere to store the card out of sight when you are not using it (eg- when no problem behaviour is happening, and during the ride).
Recommendations for Photographers
If you are attending the ride as a photographer, we would like to remind you that the there are various points along the route which feature particularly striking backgrounds for photos of the ride (eg- Lygon Street, Parliament House Steps, Fire Station #1, Brunswick and Johnston Streets).
Feel free to contact us anytime
All the details here.
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