When photographing nature subjects there is always a certain amount of stress put on the subjects by the photographer. Nature Division therefore has put together a series of principles for all members when they are photographing or even observing nature subjects, so that any stress is minimised.
The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph. This applies to geological as well as biological subjects. Any local or national conservation requirements must be obeyed. This includes getting appropriate permits and observing restricted areas. Permission should be sought from private landholders before venturing on to their land. There should be minimal disturbance to the surroundings. It is most important that the photographer has a reasonable knowledge of the subject before attempting to take any pictures. For uncommon subjects this knowledge needs to be extensive. It is important that the photographer has a general knowledge of other associated subjects so that the process of photographing causes no risk or stress to them. This in particular refers to small life forms.
Compliance with the Code of Conduct
The aim of this code of conduct is to prevent any damage to the environment and subjects being photographed, and so members of the Australian Photographic Society are expected to comply with it. Compliance will be assisted by taking time to study the subject to be photographed so as to ensure that it is not inadvertently placed at risk. Where evidence of a serious and deliberate violation of this Code by an APS member is drawn to the attention of the Nature Division Council it will refer the matter to the APS Management Committee.
The Final Image
Any nature picture should record the truth of what the photographer saw at the time the picture was taken. Subsequent manipulation in the darkroom or on a computer must ensure no radical changes. additions or subtractions to the picture. It is however permissible to remove minor blemishes or distractions.