November 2008-- ATLANTA-Every day there are horror stories of children harmed by adults they trust--but sport and event photographers have to work with and around kids of all ages. To help photographers in sensitive situations, the Society of Sport & Event Photographers (SEP) announces a new program: SEP Strictest Code of Ethics.
Since it's crucial to sport & event photographers' livelihoods that their clients know they are someone they can truly trust, SEP Strictest Code of Ethics, developed exclusively for SEP members, will help prove themselves as the safest choice for parents and leagues.
This program requires participants to pass a criminal background check and pledge to follow the new Code of Ethics, including statements about protecting the confidentiality of customer data.
In addition, the new program includes rules specifically about pictures of children online. For instance, a childís name, age, school, home address, e-mail, phone number, and/or any other personal contact information cannot be listed with the image online (see the complete code at www.SEPsociety.com).
Once photographers complete the steps, they will receive a certificate noting the SEP Strictest Code of Ethics seal of approval. They will also have that seal of approval (and the passed criminal background check) added to their profile in SEPís Find-a-Photographer search engine and can use the seal in their marketing materials, including their Web sites.
In a world of uncertainty, SEP photographers can validate their professionalism with this new, voluntary program. For more information on the SEP Strictest Code of Ethics, please visit www.SEPsociety.com.
The Society for Sport & Event Photographers (SEP) is a private, nonprofit association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of sport and event photographers. SEP marshals the resources of the event photography industry and delivers them to its members via their exclusive online content, Action News publication, and live events like SEPCON.