To my deepest regret – this is the only shot I managed to make at the exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 at the Auckland Museum.
I did not understand exactly how I’m showing disrespect to the copyrights of the photographers of this exposition. Actually, I cannot in such conditions make quality copies of the demonstrated photos, but I can find on the network almost all of the works on display at the exhibition in better quality than I can photograph at the exhibition – at the competition webpage for example. I’m not talking about the promo effect of the spread of photos from similar events on the internet. Many organizing asks to photograph and even offer their hashtags for use when publishing pictures in social networks, as it was at the next exhibition in Aukland Museum – New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 on which I happily took photos.
In fact, I was very surprised by the ban on photography at the exhibition because I had not encountered such bans at exhibitions for a long time.
And by the way, a couple of words about respect. I was at the exhibition with my wife and our six-year-old daughter. If you were in this showroom, then you should have seen the children’s creativity zone near the exit. My wife and daughter made a draw in the zone for creativity and then my wife photographed our daughter with her draw against the wall where the other children’s draws were. After that, an employee of the museum approached my wife and demanded to delete a photo of our child from my wife phone. There were no exhibition photos in this area, and only our daughter with her work and other children’s works was at that picture. But with these arguments, the employee of the museum did not agree and stood watching how my wife removes the picture she took from her phone. That was really disrespectful!