All participants in the 2017 Mid-America Photography Symposium (MAPSym) are expected to abide by the MAPSym code of conduct and TFP agreement. A signed photographer’s agreement is not required to attend the symposium but is required for participation in the $25 photo rebate program. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in dismissal from the 2017 or future symposiums.
2017 Symposium Guidelines
1) Always wear your badge. It is your admission ticket and shows that you have paid for the symposium. Without a badge, you may be turned away from a session.
2) Sessions are available on first come bases, and will be closed when the room is full. A session may be pulled from the agenda at any time prior to the session in the event of an unexpected illness of the speaker, weather, or other causes. If enough prior notice is given the MAPSym staff will attempt to substitute a session. This session may or may not cover the originally scheduled material.
3) The Mid-America Photography Symposium is a TFP (Trade For Prints) event negotiated between the models, model’s agency and the MAPSym Committee. A $25.00 rebate is provided when a minimum of 25 JPEG images from the event is submitted to PSNWA. 2017 Symposium images must be uploaded to the online gallery or post marked to MAPSym, 1722 N. College Ave. Ste C 129, Fayetteville, AR 72703, by June 15. A signed Photographers Agreement Form; must be completed at MAPSym or accompany your CD.
Symposium attendees not submitting a images by the June 15th, 2017 deadline forfeit the rebate.
4) The Pre-Symposium workshops require an additional fee for participation.
5) Code of Conduct:
- Please treat everyone with respect and dignity.
- Be mindful of your fellow photographers: never step in front of them while they are in the process of posing or taking pictures, and do not monopolize studio or models’ time to the detriment of the other photographers.
- Do not use rude or vulgar language or actions that may upset any participant in the symposium.
- Give special consideration to models. Use only politely stated verbal requests for posing, never touching the model. Be respectful of the models’ private space. Be respectful of the models’ requests. If a model states they are uncomfortable with a situation, then remove the model or yourself from that situation.
- Enjoy the symposium. Just be mindful not to create any actions that can be deemed disruptive to the symposium.
6) Every model participating in the 2017 Symposium is required to sign a model release with Mid-America Photography Symposium. The model release gives the photographer as well as the model, model agency, and MAPSym rights to use the images for promotion. Models releases are kept on file with MAPSym and for the personal protection of the models are not released unless legal proceedings require the release.
- Models are under contract. For the safety of the model and with respect to the agency providing their services, no personal information about the models will be provided. Nor should you attempt to provide your contact information to the models.
- Image editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images’ content and context.
- Any image featuring a model distributed for profit requires written consent of the models agency.
7) Please be mindful of entering a program once it’s underway as not to creates noise, and distraction.
8) Before a session begins, please make sure cell phones are turned off.
9) Mid-America Photography Symposium is a non-profit event. No members affiliated with the committee or the presenters receive any financial compensation for their volunteer efforts by MAPSym. Please email the MAPSym Committee if you are interested in volunteering for this or future MAPSym events.