Ethics are integral to iLCP and ethical considerations are central to every action and project that we undertake. Our Fellows commit themselves to maintain the highest ethical standards in their business practices and behavior in the field. They pledge to advance ethical behavior throughout the photographic and filmmaking community by setting an example of integrity and professionalism.


The effectiveness of our work in furthering conservation is directly tied to its being accepted as authentic, accurate and honest. In this we cannot compromise.


We believe in respectful and professional behavior toward our subjects, human, wildlife or the environment, as well as the communities with whom we come in contact.


Our behavior as individuals reflects on the reputation and integrity of all members of iLCP and influences the impact and credibility of the organization as a whole.

Ethical Considerations

Digital Manipulation

The documentary power of a photograph or film is directly linked to its value as a record of real events. Yet with the advent of digital technology, the manipulation of imagery has become easier, more widespread, and can undermine public confidence in the authenticity of photography and film.

For this reason, we believe that manipulation of imagery must never alter essential content in such a way that it either misrepresents actual events or deceives the intended audience in any context in which the truth of the image is assumed. Creative manipulation, when performed, must be fully disclosed to the end-user.

Truth in Captioning

Photographs and films deliver information, which should be both accurate and honest. Inaccurate or dishonest captioning reduces the effectiveness of the imagery as a tool for conservation, subverts its message, and undermines public trust.

Field Practices

iLCP Fellows pledge to minimize our impact on the areas and subjects we document.

Placing the welfare of our subjects above all else. Research is imperative to understand what will and will not harm your subject. 

Minimize our impact on the landscape by following the "Leave No Trace Pack It In, Pack it Out" ethic that maintains the integrity and character of the places where we work.

Be aware of and follow all regulations and customs that might impact our behavior in the field.

Treat our partners in conservation: scientists, landowners, guides, government officials, and others with respect and professionalism.

When working with indigenous people, we must respect and work with our subjects to best represent the cultural values and traditions. When appropriate, we will seek the necessary permissions from government agencies and local communities. Knowing that some cultures do not allow photographic documentation, it is always key to seek permission first.

Photo Credits from top of page: Shane Gross, Claudio Contreras Koob, Morgan Trimble, Esther Horvath

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A global community of conservation photographers and filmmakers working to share conservation stories and solutions through ethical visual storytelling
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