This Burning Man Press Resource Center is designed to help journalists prepare for the event. All media outlets must register with Burning Man prior to arrival in Black Rock City. The Media Team is here to help you get your story, but the most important thing to remember is that you are a citizen of Black Rock City and are expected to comport yourself accordingly.
Burning Man is a private event, and photographers, videographers and documentarians wishing to capture images intended for public distribution are required to sign use agreements that will be emailed upon approval of a project. Our review and written permission is required to use any image from the event publicly regardless of its commercial intent; no public use of images is allowed without this written consent.
If you are shooting film or video only to show your friends and family, you do not need to register as press. Information about personal use video cameras can be found here. Personal use still cameras - cameras which use film and only capture still imagery - are permitted and do not require a written agreement, but any image use beyond personal use must be approved in writing post-event.
“I walked through the gates, looked around, and asked myself, 'What is this place? Is it real?' The pictures, the film, the chat on the Internet paled into nothingness when compared to what I witnessed -- and later participated in .... Over the week, I became one of those people. I learned how not to let my camera spoil a fellow citizen's experience. I learned how to leave no trace. I learned to love the playa. Above all, I learned that the world would never be the same ever again. I had walked through the fire, and I hadn't been burnt.
I will return this year -- but this time without my camera.”
-First Time Journalist
Everything you need to know to cover Burning Man as a member of the press. Here you go.
Can I get a press pass? How about a press kit? Can I interview Larry Harvey? Get answers to these questions and more in our FAQ.
The deadline to register all film, video, and still photography projects is the second Thursday in July. Learn more.
If you have an urgent question, you may contact us via email or via our Press hotline at (415) TO FLAME.
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