Photography and the LAW

Non-professional Photography In Public Places (UK)

Many amateur photographers in the UK aren’t sure about their rights when they are shooting in public places. The following information will be helpful.

From the Metropolitan Police website (autumn 2017; check for updates):

Photography advice

We encourage officers and the public to be vigilant against terrorism but recognise the importance not only of protecting the public from terrorism but also promoting the freedom of the public and the media to take and publish photographs.

Guidance around the issue has been made clear to officers and PCSOs through briefings and internal communications. The following advice is available to all officers and provides a summary of the Met’s guidance around photography in public places.

Freedom to photograph and film

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

Click on the image to read full text.

The following video presentations are worth watching.

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