Code of conduct
When photographing nature one should
not endanger the life, or the way of living of any plant or animal. The
life as well as the well being of the subject and its environment are
far more important than any picture of it. The application of these
basic rules requires a basic knowledge of nature and ecology. A good
knowledge of species, as well as of the behaviour and the ecology of the
subjects will facilitate a proper application of the basic rules.
Rules of conduct:
1. One shall only make
pictures of subjects in their natural environment. Picking flowers, or
capturing animals for photographic purposes, is completely unacceptable.
Only when natural elements ( plants,
animals, geological and physical subjects) are the actual subject of the
picture, which is taken when the subject appears under free and natural
conditions, is it to be regarded as nature photography.
zoo-photography and photography in Game Farms, where it concerns
captivated or trained animals, is not part of the action field of BVNF.
Most landscapes (even though they are
only semi-natural) are part of the range of our nature photography.
Pictures of assaults to nature and the
environment are also considered to be part of the scope of BVNF, as
photography in service of the protection of nature.
The presentation of images that are
changed digitally or are changed in any other way in regard to the
original recording is not part of the action field of BVNF.
2. When making
pictures one should change the environment of the subject as little as
possible and one should take great care not to damage the subject's
3. Nest photography of
birds is excluded. Photographing birds in the vicinity of a nest is
By not photographing birds nests in
general we avoid inducement of making nest photography of birds that are
more sensitive to disturbance.
Species which tolerate the presence of
man (eventually depending on place and time) can be photographed in the
vicinity of the nest, but only with due regard to the basic rules ( e.g.
4. Pictures of nesting
holes or photographing in the vicinity of nesting places other than of
birds is dissuaded if there is disturbance is possible.
5. The disturbance of
foraging animals or animals carrying food to breeding sites is to be
For most of the time animals are awake
and are looking for food. Also without human interference, animals are
regularly disturbed while foraging, without causing much damage. This
however, can change in cases of prolonged or regularly repeated
disturbance. When animals are weak, food is hard to find, or when
feeding youngsters or partner, even one single act of disturbance may be
fatal. Therefore it is dissuaded to photograph animals carrying food,
unless this is done from a carefully places hide.
or resting places shall not be disturbed in any case.
Winter sleep has to be respected
unconditionally because interference at this stage may directly endanger
the life of the animal. High tidal refuges can be interesting places for
a hide, but one should take care to stay hidden until all birds have
left the refuge spontaneously.
7. One should not
evoke any behaviour which may cause damage to the animal. We do not
recommend the use of bird song playback.
If applied in a
proper way, feeders or drinking places may be a positive way to attract
animals. However, if animals become partially or completely dependent on
the artificial food, one has to take care to continue the provisioning
after the photo session, until this becomes unnecessary.
8. Manipulation of
animals (e.g. holding or moving them) or plants (e.g. pinching) is
usually inappropriate, often to be avoided and sometimes totally
unacceptable. If pictures can only be taken after manipulation, one can
better wait for another opportunity.
Sometimes very simple manipulations
can directly endanger the life of the subject (e.g. rejection of
youngsters by their parents after human contact). Moreover, manipulation
is often not in accordance with foregoing basic principles.