Apogaea Photo and Video Policy

Photography and videography are forms of radical self-expression. These policies are not meant to limit this creative expression, but to protect both artist and participant. Ask before taking photos or video of anyone. If anyone asks you to stop, be respectful and stop.

Green AMP signs indicate that photography may be occurring. If you do not wish to be photographed, these are a friendly first line of defense and transparency between photographers and other participants. Green AMP signs are available at the gate, info booth, and from our AMP volunteers.

Photography and videography is for personal use only, and commercial use must be approved by the Apogaea board. Only share photos online that you have permission to share. If you’re asked to remove a shared photo, be respectful and do so.

Ask event volunteers (AMP, rangers, etc.) if you have questions about the policy or would like to report misuse. After the event, email media@apogaea.com to do the same.

Click on the links below to quickly jump to that section of the page:

I. Ask First!
II. NEW! AMP Volunteers and Signage
III. Post-Event Policies
IV. FAQ (drones and time-lapse)

Ask First!

Ask before you shoot! It’s a simple step to show courtesy to other participants, and you may end up with some new friends and awesome photographic art in the process. You’ll want other participants to do the same for you, lest that photo of you taking tequila shots off a bare breasted beauty end up on your grandmother’s news feed.

In the same vein, if anyone asks that you stop taking photos or video, you should be respectful and do so immediately. If someone is being scandalous and won’t stop when asked by you or others, don’t take that kinda crap! Stand your ground just as you would with other personal boundaries. Find a Ranger, AMP volunteer, or pretty much anyone with a radio and let us know about the situation.

So please, exercise your right to self-expression through photos and video! Just take a second to tap your subject on the shoulder before capturing and ask if they mind.

If you want the 411 in legal speak, the ticket terms & conditions can be found on our Terms and Conditions page.  CHECK OUT #7!

»Visit the Terms and Conditions page

NEW! AMP Volunteers and Signage

This year we’re experimenting with a new technique to aid both photographers and participants. AMP will be creating signs that can be stuck in the ground, or hung off a camera (or maybe even drone!) in our soon-to-be-signature neon green. These will be available at the gate, info booth, and from our AMP volunteers walking the event. They should be used by any camp or individual that will incorporate photo or video as a first step in transparency between photographer and subject.

“What are these signs all about? If I have one can I just take pictures of anything without asking permission?”

NO. These signs are not blanket permission slips. You still should ask before you shoot. But let’s say you have a photo or video based art installation at your camp. You can put one of these signs out front of your camp to let people know that photography may be happening in your camp. But you should still give them a friendly heads up when they come in.

If you’re a participant and you don’t want to be photographed, this doesn’t mean you should avoid these signs and areas like the plague—what it means is you should be aware of your surroundings and ask questions. Just as the photographer should be asking for your consent, if you see a sign but not an obvious camera, dig a little deeper to protect not only your own personal boundaries but the boundaries of others as well. Take responsibility for your own image.

If you’re walking the event with a still or video camera, like that go pro on your hula hoop, you can grab an AMP keyring sign to hang off your camera strap or belt loop as a simple notification of your intentions.

AMP Volunteers will be walking the event several times throughout the week taking photos and videos of granted art, workshops, theme camps, and everything Apogaea for our archives, newsletter, and website. They’ll also be there to educate folks about the policies, help participants who report any disrespectful behavior, and get your thoughts about all this stuff!

Post Event Policies

What can I do with my images after the event?
Material shot at Apo is for personal use only—not for commercial purposes. That means personal websites, profiles and blogs are great. We’re also cool with art exhibits and photo-sharing sites like Flickr, Picasa, and Instagram.

»In fact, share yours in the Apogaea Community Flickr Pool here! 

Sharing Online

When sharing images you MUST do one of two things. (Yes, even on Facebook!)

  1. Copy and paste this notice that the pictures are for personal use only:
    “These images are only for personal use and not for any other purpose. Downloading or copying of the images is prohibited.” OR
  2. List the images under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

If your images/video contain human nudity, partial nudity or sexually suggestive poses they must be tagged “personal use only” and may NOT be listed under Creative Commons.

As a secondary courtesy, leave that album or youtube video unlisted and share the link with Apogaea community groups to give parties that may have changed their mind the chance to have their photo or tag removed before it goes live to the public. In the event someone asks you to remove a photo or video, do it! Don’t make me blackmail you with sending that tequila pic to your grandma. Just kidding. But seriously, take it down, blur their image, use a voice disguiser, just please, don’t let my grandma see that picture.

Removal Requests

What happens if you see a picture or image of yourself you don’t approve of? Ask the artist to take it down! Do your due diligence to protect your own likeness and track them down and ask them politely to remove it. If they don’t want to be respectful of your boundaries, email us at Telemetry@apogaea.com. If Apogaea, Inc. asks you to remove a photo, that big legal terms-and-conditions page says you have to (in super serious legal words). Don’t make us get the lawyers.

Submit to the Apogaea Archives

If you want to share copies of your photo with Apogaea for our archives and use on the website, in our newsletter, etc., you can! We need photos of every aspect of the event from burn nights to more mundane (but equally vital) things like ice sales and gate/greeters. Just be super sure you got permission from everyone in your photos — the last thing we want is to put someone’s photo in the Survival Guide, have 2000 hard copies printed and then find out they didn’t give permission for their photo to be taken, because that would suck, and not in a sexy consensual way. Contact Photos@Apogaea.com for more info.

Commercial Use

Selling photos, or using photos or video to sell a product (even if that product is you!) are examples of commercial use. We love that you have a business making and selling hula-hoops, but you must get approval before using photos from Apo on your company site or Etsy store. Email Media@Apogaea.com and we’ll make sure the board sees it. It can’t hurt to ask!


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka drones)

“So we have to ask permission of anyone in the shot. What if I have a camera 40 feet up in the sky? I can’t possibly ask everyone that may or may not be in the shot.”

Yeah that would be pretty much impossible. The Ask First policy is intended to help photographers be courteous and respectful to other participants. So be courteous and respectful in your drone and camera operation and image sharing. When launching, give notice to those around you. When reviewing the film later, be responsible in what makes the final edit. Are the people and faces too small to make out individual identities? You’re probably safe. Release the video to Apogaea community groups while leaving it “unlisted” or “accessible only by link” to give people an opportunity to ask that their image be removed. Most of all, REMOVE the image/footage of anyone who asks, immediately.


“If I want to record a time-lapse of my van getting painted, how can I possibly ask everyone’s permission? The final version will be sped up so you won’t *really* be able to tell who’s who. What to do?”

Well, that’s a good question. Time lapse photography or videography can be totally awesome and awe inspiring to convey a buzz of activity, a large scale, or a project’s transformation over the event. The bottom line is still the same. The Ask First policy is intended to help photographers be courteous and respectful to other participants. So 1) grab a green AMP sign (from the gate, info booth, or from AMP volunteers) to display at your camp – maybe even one outside the camp and one directly in front of the camera, if it isn’t obvious. 2) When you’re hanging out at camp and people come wandering through, let them know upon entering what you and your camp’s intentions are – that you’re in the process of recording, what the recording will be used for and how it will be shared. Who knows, they may fall in love with your concept and be just the right person to take it to the next level!

»Have any more questions? Email us at media@apogaea.com.