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Arboretum charging but want your pix anyway!

By johnboy 21 October 2013 26

@hil_clix_pix is having a right old blowup at the cheek of the National Arboretum’s piratical photography policies:

OK!! I have had a call from the National Arboretum and they want to charge me $200 for a permit for our PHOTOWALK Canberra group to have our event at the National Arboretum!!! I am seriously pissed off!

PHOTOWALK Canberra is a FREE community event, just for the joy of creating photos… I am absolutely gob-smacked!!

They agree that PHOTOWALK Canberra is not a commercial enterprise but still maintain that they need to charge $200 for a permit. Considering we would all be paying for the privilege to park there and we would more than likely have a coffee or other refreshment whilst we are there, and we will be sharing our images on the flickr group and possibly social media as way of promotion of their venue, I feel that their terms are truly exorbitant!!!

The also asked if we were we willing to have our images used by them to promote the National Arboretum…… for free! I realise as enthusiasts it may seem a wonderful thing to have one of your images used by the National Arboretum, but to what extent would they use it/them??? You may see your image(s) that you created used many many times and its no use if there is no with no recompense, recognition for your efforts or authorship…Would you unknowingly waive your rights to this image? Who knows!!

So they want free access to any images we capture and the want to charge us $200 for the privilege, so I am sorry to say PHOTOWALK Canberra WILL NEVER BE HELD AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM.

PHOTOWALK Canberra has done walks at numerous places around the national capital and NEVER been subjected to such ludicrous demands.

The coming photowalk has been cancelled as a result.

What’s Your opinion?


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astrojax 7:23 pm 31 Oct 13

HICKERY said :

After strong response from community the $200 professional photography fee for @NatArboretum will be removed #canberra— Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) October 31, 2013

rockin’, hiraly!

HICKERY 6:16 pm 31 Oct 13

After strong response from community the $200 professional photography fee for @NatArboretum will be removed #canberra— Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) October 31, 2013

dph 6:24 pm 23 Oct 13

patrick_keogh said :

dph said :

I suppose they have to milk everyone for as much money as possible before the whole thing is destroyed by an inevitable bush fire.

What a tremendous waste of time & money that place has been.

Yes, and they should never have built the Sydney opera house, the Parthenon should have been made of wood because it would have been cheaper, the Alhambra didn’t need to have all that stupid carving… what a poor life you must lead if you can’t see the value in the Arboretum.

Luckily your opinion does not seem to sway the hundreds of people who visit it every weekend from near and far. Even today in its infancy it is a thing of beauty. In 40 years time it will be truly magnificent. It is one of the few reasons that I wish to live to 100 to see it in all its glory.

patrick_keogh said :

dph said :

I suppose they have to milk everyone for as much money as possible before the whole thing is destroyed by an inevitable bush fire.

What a tremendous waste of time & money that place has been.

Yes, and they should never have built the Sydney opera house, the Parthenon should have been made of wood because it would have been cheaper, the Alhambra didn’t need to have all that stupid carving… what a poor life you must lead if you can’t see the value in the Arboretum.

Luckily your opinion does not seem to sway the hundreds of people who visit it every weekend from near and far. Even today in its infancy it is a thing of beauty. In 40 years time it will be truly magnificent. It is one of the few reasons that I wish to live to 100 to see it in all its glory.

If the Sydney Opera house were surrounded by bush land or it was bush land itself, than that comparison would have made sense.

And yes, I live one of those sad existences where I don’t get excited about a multi-million dollar tree park built in a city that’s inundated & surrounded by mountains, bush land & national parks.

Again, what a waste of money.

patrick_keogh 11:19 am 22 Oct 13

dph said :

I suppose they have to milk everyone for as much money as possible before the whole thing is destroyed by an inevitable bush fire.

What a tremendous waste of time & money that place has been.

Yes, and they should never have built the Sydney opera house, the Parthenon should have been made of wood because it would have been cheaper, the Alhambra didn’t need to have all that stupid carving… what a poor life you must lead if you can’t see the value in the Arboretum.

Luckily your opinion does not seem to sway the hundreds of people who visit it every weekend from near and far. Even today in its infancy it is a thing of beauty. In 40 years time it will be truly magnificent. It is one of the few reasons that I wish to live to 100 to see it in all its glory.

astrojax 10:27 am 22 Oct 13

patrick_keogh said :

Clearly the underlying problem needs to be fixed, but in the meanwhile perhaps what is needed is a little unorganisation. Hilary, don’t organise anything! On the other hand, I just happen to know of several other photographers from the Canberra Flickr group who coincidentally might just happen to be there on the 27th and who might coincidentally happen to bump into one another around 5pm on the paved area outside the entrance to the National Bonsai Collection. Weather permitting.

a good idea, but i concur with hickery’s stance (articulated in other social media forum) of abandoning the walk as scheduled and announced, so public, and fighting this inequity through due process. you go, girl! 🙂

patrick_keogh 10:00 am 22 Oct 13

Clearly the underlying problem needs to be fixed, but in the meanwhile perhaps what is needed is a little unorganisation. Hilary, don’t organise anything! On the other hand, I just happen to know of several other photographers from the Canberra Flickr group who coincidentally might just happen to be there on the 27th and who might coincidentally happen to bump into one another around 5pm on the paved area outside the entrance to the National Bonsai Collection. Weather permitting.

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