Photography Practical and Ethical Considerations
Photographs represent Global Midwife Response to the public. Photos must be of the highest technical and artistic quality, include all information needed to explain the public health message behind the photo and make it accessible in the database and appropriately depict the public health issue at hand.
- People centered photos are the most helpful photos for public health advocacy
- Photos depicting the solution to problems are also particularly helpful for health advocacy
- Digital images are most useful, preferably in jpeg format
- Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi at A4 size
- As much as possible images should be in focus, good composition, showing people’s faces
- Captions must include: photographer’s name, date of photo, location including nation, city, people’s names, description of GMRs activities, reason for the photo shoot as a whole and information specific to the individual photo. This information will be used for cataloguing the photos in a useful format.
- Captions/information for captions should preferably be imbedded in the photo by IPTC. If unable to imbed the information a Word document with the information is acceptable.
- Consent forms should be filled out and accompany the photos in transfer
Photographs taken should respect human dignity and ensure the rights, safety and wellbeing of the person or people being portrayed.
- Consent forms should be filled out and accompany the photos if applicable
- Individuals should always be photographed with respect and compassion
- Comply with local traditions or restrictions in taking or reproducing images
- Inquire into national laws related to photography and privacy rights
- Gain appropriate verbal or written consent before taking photographs
- Respect a person’s right to refuse to be photographed
- If you sense any reluctance or confusion, refrain from taking the photo
- Accept no payments or other form of compensation in exchange for participation or consent The value of the photograph should always be weighed against the regard for the photographic subject’s privacy, reputation and integrity
- Do not use photos of nationals from one country to denote nationals from another country
- Collect complete caption and crediting information (date, specific location, description of subject(s), what are they doing, program, names)