As an adult on any MPA photography tour, we are going to do our best to trust that you will keep yourself out of unnecessary harm’s way. The reality is, that anywhere you go in the world, there is always a chance of getting hurt, ill, or worse. However, when people take unnecessary risk and place themselves and possibly others in danger, this becomes a problem not only for themselves but also for the tour leaders and rest of the group.
This is a reminder that you have signed a liability risk agreement and you are going on this tour at your own risk. However, this does not give you the freedom to place yourself in harm’s way, create an issue for others, place others at risk, or create a safety hazard for the tour as a whole. We ask you to refrain from taking a risk that there is no need to take.
We have seen many instances of our clients and others in perilous areas taking a risk that frankly are just stupid. This includes walking on cliffs, out on rocks near a raging ocean, standing in the road and many other situations.
If at any time we as tour leaders see you taking a risk or being involved in any activity we feel is unsafe for yourself or for others on the tour, we will say something. However, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be safe, use common sense, and not put yourself or others at risk.”
It is easy while photographing to forget about your surroundings and own safety in order to “get the shot”. Remember, no photograph is worth injury or death.
Some things to avoid:
- Standing too close to edges of cliffs or in places, you could easily fall or be swept out to sea being seriously injured or dying.
- Standing in or too close to the road.
- Carrying too much gear while hiking and/or climbing.
- Not being aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Not carrying water.
- Not knowing your own limits.
- Hiking trails that are too difficult for your ability.
- Wearing shoes not meant for the task on hand.
- Using drugs/and or alcohol that alters the mind and your safety.
- Going out alone or without letting the tour leaders know where you are at.
These are just some of the items we have seen and are asking you to avoid. As you are an adult, it is your responsibility to be safety conscious and minimize risk. Please use common sense.