The rules and conditions for using a camera at the Olympic games are pretty draconian, for instance;
Section 19.6.3 states that: “Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a ticket holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a ticket holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally”.
For that reason I won’t be showing you any of the photographs I took inside the stadium. Instead you will have to settle for this one. It’s a photograph of a friendly volunteer guiding us to the stadium. The gentleman was happy for me to take his photograph and hopefully I will not fall foul of the above rule. To make sure I have blurred out all of the logos, not only on the clothes he is wearing, but also on the two bottles behind him. As an additional precaution I have also blurred the passes the gentleman is wearing.
Tomorrow, I am going to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. I won’t be taking a camera. Why not? Because in the list of prohibited items is this little statement;
Equipment which is capable of recording or transmitting any audio, visual or audio-visual material or any information or data. Mobile telephones are permitted provided they are used for personal and private use only provided that no audio, visual or audio-visual material captured by a mobile telephone may be published or otherwise made available to any third parties including via social networking site.
Old Trafford is a fantastic stadium. It would be nice to record my family standing outside it but I won’t be able to do that. My phone has a crappy camera. I bought it as a phone, not a camera. Besides I have perfectly good cameras more suited but I won’t take the chance on taking one and have it confiscated, never to be returned.
We want you to have an unforgettable time at the games
Just don’t bring a camera so you can record those memories and share with others.
- Want to Cover the Olympics as a Photographer? Forget About It! (blogs.photopreneur.com)
- Coming to watch Olympic football at Old Trafford? Better leave your tent (and the dog) at home (menmedia.co.uk)