Anyone is welcome to take photos at the convention, but if you intend to charge people and cosplayers for photoshoots, then for their protection, we require you to purchase a photographer‘s pass. The additional money collected from these passes will be used toward cosplay contest prizes.
What the photographer pass does not provide you:
*Does not get you “all access.” We are working to see if we can get all photographers front for the masquerade. Since too many in front of the stage can cause issues, the cosplay coordinators have the final say on who can be front.
*Does not grant you the power to remove attendees from a given area. Our attendees are generally nice people and if you simply ask them to clear the area for your photoshoot, they will likely comply, but you cannot force them to move.
What the photographer pass does provide:
-The photographer pass grants you 3-day badge access to the convention.
-Once you have paid for your pass, you may make 1 post in our cosplay facebook group to advertise.
-You will be listed on our photographer directory on the website which will be occasionally promoted on facebook.
-Light stands are limited to one inside the Kalahari buildings and indoor water park, with a limit of a 42” reflector. Shoots in the outside areas are unrestricted. Clamp lights are permitted indoors if the clamp is non-marking and has rubberized grips.
-No inverter powered lights in the indoor or outdoor water parks.
-No battery packs in the water.
-Equipment is permitted in walkways and on sidewalks, but should immediately be moved if anyone wheelchair bound or on crutches should need to pass through.
-No lights or light stands in the pools or water. This equipment should be on the deck/ground surrounding the water.
-Please respect the Kalahari’s and other people’s property. Do not climb on things, or enter places you would not normally be allowed. Failure to abide by this may result in you not being permitted to obtain a photographer pass in the future, removal from the con, or even legal action depending on the severity of your actions.