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June Safety Events at Photoville 2023 in New York

Image: Skyler Reid / Photoville

The ACOS Alliance is partnering with Photoville and Committee to Protect Journalists to offer two safety training events for freelance photographers at this year's Photoville Festival in June:

Safety 101 for Visual Journalists gives freelance photographers an introduction to safety as a pillar of professionalism. This free two hour workshop led by journalism risk expert Yemile Bucay and Wall Street Journal Photo Editor Ariel Zambelich, will provide the essential tools and knowledge needed to adhere to safety best practice, covering the basics of:

  • Situational awareness

  • Threat modelling

  • Risk assessment and communications plan

  • De-escalation best practices

It will highlight the importance of a holistic approach to safety and security, providing and will facilitate an informal exchange where participants can voice doubts, ask questions and share experience. It will also include case studies and exercises.

The workshop takes place 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Sunday June 11 at the International Center of Photography, 79 Essex Street, New York City


For those with some knowledge of safety best practice, the the ever-popular Freelance Safety Clinics will be available online as part of the festival, offering tailored one to one guidance for photojournalists and documentary photographers both in and outside of the US.

These one to one consultations are free and can cover most aspects of safety including

physical safety and risk assessment, digital security and surveillance, online harassment, trauma management, legal safety. All applicants will be matched with an expert appropriate to their needs.

Each individual session will be up to 45 minutes. Most will be conducted in English.

The clinics are available online on June 28, 29 and 30.



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