Zoos that allow photography

Animals are always a big attraction for amateur and professional photographers.


We do ask that you have permission to sell pictures taken at zoo's and other wildlife sanctuaries. With the help of the community, we can help everyone by getting the right information.

If anyone would like to contribute to the list, please send and email to: customercare@photo4me.com with the name of the zoo, location (post code) as well as proof of the ability to sell your image for commercial gain. A short list of animals could also be helpful.

Keep in mind the following when taking pictures of wild animals in zoo's or animal sanctuaries.

- No fences, cages or anything that would hint that they are in a closed/confined space.

-  Please take into account the nature of the picture and avoid flash photography if possible at zoo's and sanctuaries that allow it.

Current list that will allow commercial photography, and has the appropriate accreditation.

Exmoor Zoo

Paignton Zoo (location credit required)

- Living Coasts (location credit required)

- Newquay Zoo (location credit required)

Plymouth Aquarium (not permitted to use their logo, brand identity, or name and no flash photography is allowed)

- Tropical Birdland, Desford, Leicestershire (They have a sign at the entrance that says it is OK to photograph for sale though they do ask for the location to be included in the description.

- Dartmoor Zoo (location credit required)

- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (location credit required, accreditation required, agrees that if picture is "magical" You would need to give them the picture which could be used on posters, guide book or advertising, CWPG would use it free of charge)

- Wingham Wildlife Park (location credit required)

- Twycross Zoo (They ask for location credit and ask for use of image for free for their own publicity) 

- The Aspinall Foundation Howletts (location credit required)

- The Aspinall Foundation Port-Lympne (Location credit required)

- Battersea Zoo - London -- (Location credit required - allow Battersea zoo the right to use your images free of charge)

- Blackpool Zoo (Location credit required)

- Paradise Wildlife Park (Location credit required - Asks that some art work be donated when possible to help raise funds for conservation work)


Many thanks to Jay LethbridgeSteev Stamford and Dave Godden who helped contribute to the list.


List updated as of May 4th 2016.

Please note: The Member is the owner of the image(s) uploaded to the site including the copyright therein and if there is any illegalities of the image uploaded by the member this is the members responsibility and the member will be liable. No liability or responsibility will transfer to photo4me.com and photo4me.com will cooperate with all legal requests to the best of their ability.

Drone Photography.

To those whom it may concern,

 

Photo4me is installing a new regulation on the site regarding drone or UAV, UAS, Quadcopter, RC Helicopter etc, photography. 

Those who do not comply with the rules will have their aerial drone photographs taken down immediately. For the time being, it will be flagged under “accreditation” as you do not have the required paperwork/documentation to post and sell images for commercial gain. We will put in a button/reasoning more specific in the near future.

You will no longer be able to “pass off” drone photography as in flight photographer (in a plane).

If an image was taken by a drone it would hold the longitude and latitude data and also the height it was taken at as well as the type of camera that took the image, if it was taken from a DSLR camera it would hold the type of camera and the type of lens used so it would be simple to tell how it was taken, if it was a DSLR camera on a drone it would still have the longitude and latitude plus height and camera + Lens.

Planes have minimum height restrictions, plus lots of other restriction. 

Therefore, it is easy to see if it was a drone that took the image.

 

Aerial Photography using UAV, UAS, Quadcopter, RC Helicopter etc:

The CAA has a law within the UK with regards UAV usage for commercial gain. If you intend to fly your aircraft for video or photography for personal financial gain the CAA require the user to hold a Basic National UAS Certificate or recognized equivalent document and must undertake relevant check to fly their aircraft.


The Law for the CAA states this in there CAP 722 Document available to download from the CAA website.

 

You can download the CAA document from: https://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP%20722%20Sixth%20Edition%20March%202015.pdf

People are getting convicted for drone photography who do not have the appropriate paperwork. Here is the first case from 2013, posted on the CAA website.

http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2348

 

If you would like to learn more and get your paperwork, Eurousc.com is one of the leading companies on the market at the moment.

http://eurousc.com/


If you do have your Basic National UAS Certificate or recognized equivalent document, please email it to customercare@photo4me.com before posting pictures.


Many thanks,

Mike & Jon

Observations for declined images.

My observations regarding why some images are declined but in fact the reason for declining is not apparent.

Wording declines

Sometimes I will decline an image if there is a lack of wording however there is wording but it can use more work.

For example, I see a lovely image that has the description of a dog.

Description: “My dog Biscuit on the beach.”

It would be more advisable to write, “A Golden Retriever on the beaches at Watergate Bay, Cornwall. “ – Generalize, people will remember their dog at the beach, not your dog. They will have a personal connection with that moment if you can bring them there.

Avoid using the word “MY” in the description, it means something to you, but it won’t mean anything to the average customer.

Quick examples to avoid– My wife, my dog, my cat, my hands, my feet, my friend. You get the idea.


Blown Sky

Another reason for a confusing decline is a “Blown Sky” when there is no sky in the image. It could be just written as a blown object.

A blown sky is a general term, which normally occurs in the sky. However one of the most common places it occurs is during long exposure photography and to be more specific in running water. Over the course of the long exposure, the running water will dominate the sensor and the colours and come out all white. This will cause a blown effect thus bleaching the colours around the blown area.

 

Dust Spots

A word about “Dust Spots.” Dust spots can occur on the lens sensor any part of the photography process, which just needs a quick clean and away you go.

But sometimes we can’t determine what the spot is. More times than not we know from experience that the spot is in fact a bird in the distance. The average customer will see the spot and assume is some sort of problem or defect and move to the next image. Look at your image through the eyes of customer. Does it look like it’s perfect? This is why we call it a dust spot, because it is a spot on the image and the customer cannot determine what it is.


Lens Flare

The last subject is about “Lens Flare.” This is the complete opposite with the dust spot. A customer will purchase a canvas, but when the canvas is made, a 10mm sun flare is in the centre of the picture. The customer, never saw the flare and will demand a return/refund or a re-print. Therefore please be very careful with the flares and unless it is 100% visible and part of the picture it can be flagged, refunded or a re-print which causes a waste of time for the customer, photographer (fixing and disappointment) and for us.


Copyright Infringement

Although sometimes a copyright infringement is straight forward, it can be confusing. Essentially, anything that you need permission to take a picture can be flagged as a copyright infringement. For example last week we had a churchwarden email us asking who gave permission to take and post images of the church. Due to the church being “private property” they needed permission and was flagged accordingly. Please be sure you have permission to take pictures before posting.


 Accreditation

This leads us into accreditation. Closely linked with copyright. If you are at an event which credentials given out, you must have the accreditation to post. It doesn’t matter if the stadium is empty, you are still on private property and accreds are given out at the clubs/events discretion. Failing to comply can land you in some hot water.

If you do have accreditation, then you do not need a model release.


I hope this helps clarify things.

-Mike