Sunday, 27 May 2012

Taking snaps at the olympics

The organisers seem so organised, but as a keen snapper, where’s the guidance on taking pictures or not as the case may be…

Time to speculate – what we can and can't do at the London 2012 Olympics. The debate has come after a controversial statement was issued last year concerning a complete ban.

Last year a London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) spokesperson told Amateur Photographer: "There will be some events where you will not be able to take your camera in." She added that shooting would be one such event.

Equipment restrictions - Now the company is looking at restricting what equipment can be brought in. A spokesperson for LOCOG said: "Obviously we recognise that spectators will want to bring cameras into the Games. The only restrictions are around size, and these restrictions are to prevent undue impact on other spectators."

The bag should must fit under your seat (but what is the seat design??), and large lenses will not be permitted because they could obstruct the others' views.

Bags could also face an X-ray check before they can be taken into the stadium. There has been some speculation as to whether all security guards will adhere to photography guidelines.
The rule bookAlthough the official guidelines have yet to be released, the terms and conditions online give some indication of the rules to come.

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