Getting the perfect picture the ethical way

The sharing of amazing wildlife photography has never been easier in the age of social media, but does every photographer adhere to ethical guidelines when it comes to getting the perfect picture?
Close up of photographer with camera

Photographer Mark Hamblin, Scotland. Credit: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

We asked our local photography group to offer some guidance on how to tee-up an outstanding image without disturbing wildlife and more importantly ensuring you don’t fall foul of the law.

Thank you to Bob Robson for providing the guidance which can be found by clicking on the link below. A summary of some of the top tips are listed below:

  • Know how close is too close
  • Continuously monitor for signs of disturbance
  • Apply a good standard of Fieldcraft
  • Make sure that you have the correct equipment for the job
  • Be familiar with the natural history of the subject and its immediate environment
  • Do not be tempted to attract your subject by using either bait or recorded calls
  • Avoid the use of temporary hides, but if you do erect a temporary hide use good practice
  • Seek advice, and any required permissions, from the local wildlife trust