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Media accreditation applications for our main annual event in 2022 are now open, and will remain open until March 14th 2022.

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

Tankwa Town is one of the most photogenic places on the planet, but please remember you’re here to participate, so DON’T FORGET TO ENGAGE.

Don’t look at the whole event through the lens; you’re part of the show - embrace immediacy, and keep in mind that it’s in all our interest to protect people’s right to express themselves, and their right to privacy.

The best advice we can give you is to put your cameraphone down and engage with the world around you. If you spend the whole of AfrikaBurn behind a viewfinder you're not going get the most out of the experience.

Having said the above, because AfrikaBurn is so incredibly amazing, we do occasionally have mainstream media at our event. This provides an opportunity to inform and affect the world by illustrating and documenting what we do as a community. Reporting and documenting is a form of expression we welcome, and those filming at the event have undertaken to not interfere with your experience.

If anyone with a camera invades your privacy, please ask them for their name and check in at the Media Centre at Off-Centre Camp to let our Media team know.


These are pink, glow-in-the- dark, free and available at our Media Booth and also at our Ice Station. You'd wear one of these if you don't want an image of you at AfrikaBurn to be seen or shared. You may be the president of a country, a pop star or a high level barista and you choose to express yourself at AfrikaBurn through nudity or behaviour that is frowned upon in the default world. These wristbands are your way to let photographers know that you don't want your image splashed all over Coffee Drinkers Monthly.

Jozi burner Lauryn Clifford-Holmes in the dust, as shot by Jan Verboom


One of the abiding principles of AfrikaBurn is that participants do not interfere with the immediate experience of other participants. As a member of the media, you’re expected to be respectful and conduct yourself accordingly. If you do, your coverage will be far more genuine, authentic and meaningful.

If any participant asks you to stop filming, you must stop immediately. If you continue to photograph or film, you may face the possibility of being escorted from the event.

You must ask permission before photographing or filming any individual participant who might be recognisable. Crowd shots are exempt, except when the artist, performer, and majority of participants request no cameras or filming.

Members of the media have the responsibility to check in on arrival at the Media Centre at Off-Centre Camp to register or pick up their accreditation.

The Media Centre opens at 10am and closes at 2pm each day, Monday to Saturday of our event week.

If you’re considering any commercial use of still photos, video or audio recorded at the event, you must provide a copy of your work to the event organisers for archive within 90 days of the event. If your work requires post-production, you must provide a copy as soon as it is completed.


AfrikaBurn has the responsibility to create an environment for participants that doesn’t tolerate rude or irresponsible use of photographic or video recording equipment. Anyone who doesn’t respect the rights and wishes of others, with respect to photographs, video, or recordings of any kind, may be asked to leave.

AfrikaBurn reserves the right to disallow the use of related imagery and recordings of any kind for commercial or unapproved editorial use, particularly if such use(s) undermine personal expression and the privacy of participants, or the integrity of the event.


You’ve got the right to express yourself and create art as a photographer, videographer and/ or audio artist.

You have the responsibility to be respectful to people you wish to record and seek permission from them before recording their likeness or voice.

You also have the responsibility to ensure that your capturing of that image, footage or sound-bite does not impact the experience of others. Be considerate of those who are experiencing the moment - keep your head down and do your utmost to stay out of the sight-line.

Images, footage or sound recorded for personal use are not restricted - but any published material can only be used by registered parties.

To register for accreditation, CLICK HERE or go to the Media Centre on site. Anyone shooting stills or film irresponsibly may be requested to switch their equipment off or, if the matter is of a serious nature, asked to leave the event.


You have the right to protect the image of your artwork or performance.

You have the right to ask someone to stop taking images of your art or performance if you don’t approve.

You have the right to be credited for authorship of your artwork in any published use of your work, and negotiate the terms.

You have the right to enforce copyright and trademark ownership of your unique artwork.

In the case of using images of artworks for editorial use, we encourage the media to credit specific artists.


You have ultimate responsibility for your image, and should ask photographers how your image will be used. If you encounter a problem, report it to a Ranger or at the Media Centre.

You have the right to ask someone to stop taking a picture of you, recording your image or recording your voice in any way. However, keep in mind the nature of radical self- expression – capturing expression is a form of self-expression.

You have the right to know what someone plans to do with your image.


Please note: this includes influencers on social media: no commercial leverage of our event through photo shoots is permitted at all.

Please do not commodify our event, or culture – if you do, our legal team will be obliged to pursue takedown requests.

To apply for accreditation, please see the Photo & Media page of our site, CLICK HERE