No grounds for photograph ban
THE photography ban at the 34th Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod will remain for the time being despite advice that there is no reason to stop people taking pictures of their children.
According to the NSW Commission for Children and Young People, there is no legal requirement to seek the permission of a person, including a child or young person, before taking or publishing their photograph.
The Commission has provided guidelines for taking pictures of children after parents last week complained to the Advocate they were not allowed to take photographs of their children performing at the eisteddfod.
The Organising Secretary for the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod's schools section, Fiona Hulbert, said she would take the guidelines to the next Eisteddfod Committee meeting in July, but meanwhile the photography ban, one of the rules of the competition, would stay and ignorance of the rules was no excuse.
Mrs Hulbert said the committee had put in many hours of work to provide all schools with discs containing free photographs of their own school groups in the primary vocal and various other sections.
Still photographs and videos of next week's dance sections will be available for a cost from commercial photographers.
No photographs of the original acts in the speech and drama section are taken because of copyright issues.
The Eisteddfod Society, a voluntary group, receives no income from photographs. Mrs Hulbert said it was disturbing for children to have flash cameras going off while they were on stage.
Today and tomorrow will be the Eisteddfod's secondary schools speech and drama days at Coffs Harbour Racecourse.