Filming and Photography - Harnas Wildlife Foundation

Filming and Photography General Information

Thank you for inquiring about the Harnas filming and photography department. Working with wildlife since 1978 has given us a fantastic foundation, team and opportunity to capture these amazing creatures in natural and beautiful surroundings.

There is an intrinsic beauty about the way nature moves. The slow yet resolute rhythmic movement of the African bushveld with its many sights, smells and sounds produces a primal inspiration that connects to parts of the creative spirit within us that is untouched by the dregs and corruption of modern society.



Harnas has not only produced many animal movie stars and super models, but has also inspired countless artists within a broad range of disciplines to exhibit the beauty of Harnas to the world via audio visual modes.

Harnas offers brilliant photography and filming opportunities in a real African natural environment. Professional photographers and film teams from all over the world come to Harnas to capture images of wild animals in their stunning natural surroundings.

Please be informed that if you aim to do any work in Namibia as a professional in the fields of audio and/or visual recording, you do need a special entry permit – please view the online page www.namibia-film-commission.com for details about obtaining the correct permit.


Professional filming and photography:

Harnas offers several species, circumstances and natural surroundings for amazing filming and photography experiences.

Available species include lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, baboons, crocodiles and caracals. For a full list of available animals, please contact bookings@harnas.org

Regulations:

  • Right of admission is reserved and Harnas reserves the right to remove any person/s from Harnas should the need arise.
  • All costs regarding photography and filming on Harnas is subject to animals photographed, catering, accommodation and traveling, facilitating and guiding on Harnas or by Harnas.
  • Due to the nature of animals, weather and other unpredictable circumstances no guarantees can be given for any photographs and the agreed rate will be charged regardless of outcome of photos or footage.
  • Photographers/filmmakers are responsible for their own insurance. Due to the close interaction with the animals, the risk factor is relatively high to themselves and their equipment.
  • Photographers/filmmakers are on Harnas at their own risk and Harnas, any affiliates, trust members and employees cannot be held responsible for personal injury, loss or damage to equipment.
  • If any potential threat arises, the photography or film session can be cancelled immediately by the Harnas employee if they feel that there is any risk whatsoever to either man or animal.
  • Harnas cannot risk photographer/filmmaker/the animal or Harnas’ safety just for a photograph and will therefore not engage in negotiations to photograph/film dangerous animals or situations that cannot be regulated for safety reasons.
  • All photographers have to adhere to the NO ENTRY signs and rules and regulations of Harnas.


General outlines for Harnas Video & Photographic material

To have a constant flow and continuity between Harnas video/film and all other Harnas media; all footage and final clips should adhere to the following rules. In event that anything falls outside these criteria, it should be discussed between the Harnas Management and Harnas Audio Visual departments. The following list of rules also applies to the upload and sharing of Harnas related audio, imagery and footage.



No footage, photographs or sound recordings are to be shown publically or uploaded to any digital medium for public viewing or listening without managerial consent containing any of the following:

  • People in direct contact with any large carnivore in any way (lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, African wild dog) as this has been gazetted and is against Namibian law (the only exception is for any situation under veterinary control, with a vet clearly overseeing the action).
  • Footage/photos where there is no fence between a large carnivore and a human where it appears as if the human might be in danger.
  • Overly gruesome blood/gore footage/photos.
  • Imagery in which animal body parts are portrayed in such a way as to have negative connotations.
  • Footage/photographs in which animals fight (mostly about food) where it might appear as if they are starved and are fighting for survival.
  • Teasing of any animal.
  • Any form of attack from an animal on a human or vice versa.
  • Footage/photographs of a sexual nature unless specific mating habits are documented and presented as such.
  • Nudity and other profanity
  • Reckless behaviour of Harnas employees or any client of Harnas.
  • Staged scenes of obvious displeasure caused by labour, weather conditions & physical exposure, dangerous animal situations, being yelled at by Harnas staff or any scenario which puts Harnas Wildlife Foundation in a bad light and negatively affects marketing and corporate image.
  • Footage/photos that contain or appear to contain visuals of animal cruelty by Harnas employees or affiliates.
  • Whenever footage is being filmed, sound being recorded or photos being taken, there should be an available document from the client who appears in the media content giving Harnas the explicit right to use them in public media.
  • Archiving of all footage is of utmost importance and files should be labelled according to date and content and put into archive folders labelled with date, location and where relevant the topic. As far as technically possible all data should be stored in duplicate on separate storage devices belonging to Harnas Wildlife Foundation and planning should be done well in advance (a minimum of 2 months prior) to obtain storage devices of correct capacity to be approved and bought by management.
  • Selling of any audio and/or visual media is strictly prohibited, unless Harnas and marketing management has given specific consent.
  • Produced and raw media content of any type is not to be shown in any way or made available to anyone except management and those team members working within this same contract before the launch date of said media item.

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