TRANSLATION

The IFWP Conservation group presents a new decalogue based in our member AEFONA ethic code, which briefcases in 10 points basic and generic aspects. Our decalogue is a proposal to all our members and is the official position of the Federation. The Lisbon treaty from 2009 recognizes animal sentience, that all animals are “sentient beings” and not objects.

IFWP ETHIC DECALOGUE

Respect for nature must prevail over any activity developed in nature.
This ethic code is a basic principles declaration to encourage all members to use it as a personal compromise. As members of the IFWP we must try to keep the highest ethic standards in several aspects, in aim to be examples of behavior and integrity, specially for the new generations of nature photographers.

1.     Animal welfare must prevail over obtaining a picture. A nature photographer shall showcase natural situations and prevent any interference, perturbance or suffering in the behaviour of living beings. In case of portraying animals in captivity or with any movement restriction it should be declared.

2.     Knowledge prevents impact. A nature photographer should, not only learn about the technical aspects, but about the behaviour, biology and needs of the species. Help the researchers and learn from them should be a vocation in all nature photographers.

3.     Our behaviour should be an example. The photographer must obtain the needed permissions, specially in case of threatened species and know about the law of the natural parks to visit. It is highly reccommended to collaborate with the local wardens.

4.     We shall respect the integrity of the landscape and its patrimonial values (archaeology, geological formations, minerals...). No waste must be left in nature. Plants are are living beings that deserve all our consideration and respect. Prevent using live plants to mimicry hides and use deedless materials as bales of straw.

5.     A specific perturbation to prevent is the proximity to the subject. It may produce stress, intimidation, changes in behaviour and, overall, habituation to human presence. The use of birdcalls is totally out of consideration in breeding season. The photographer should learn to recognice the sympoms of stress and prevent them.

6.     A special attention to be paid in the circumstances of vulnerability of living beings, as in the breeding and moulting seasons or under unfavorable meteorological situations. We are against nest and den proximity.

7.     We do not reccommend to feed wildlife for photographic purposes. It may cause alterations in some individuals, bring deseases and provoke accidents or unnatural behaviours. The use of live bait is a practice we consider as “non ethic” and it should be informed in the picture caption.

8.     Do not capture live individuals or move them to other place or studio, as it may cause stress and/or severe damages, even dead risk.

9.     The special centres where animals are kept captive have a special regulation for visitors we should know. Some of them prioritize the benefits over an educational aim or the welfare of the animals. If we use their services we are promoting those. The photographer should inform in the picture caption clearly in which conditions the picture was taken.

10.   Our position of respect to any nature event should be argued and disclosured through our communication tools: exhibitions, articles, presentations... Witness of any infringement of the law or undesirable situation, even those from other unethic photographers, must be declared to authorities.

These are our generic reccommendations for all our members and the official ethics about the work of IFWP members in nature.