• Course Code:  JN11

  • Term:  Self Paced

  • Open for Enrollment

  • Self-paced

  • Course Author(s)
    Savannah Dodd
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The Photographer's Ethical Toolkit

Self Paced

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    Savannah Dodd


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Hello and welcome to this foundational online training course in photography ethics!


This course is facilitated by Savannah Dodd, founder and director of the Photography Ethics Centre. It is designed to introduce basic principles in photography ethics. It is a primer course that is applicable to anyone who regularly takes or shares photographs.


This course is divided into six sections:

  • Section 1 provides an overview of the course and introduces the course trainer and media experts.
  • Section 2 discusses photography ethics and introduces three key ethical principles in photography: Empathy, Autonomy, and Integrity.
  • Section 3 explores how empathy can be applied in photography.
  • Section 4 explores the principle of autonomy in photography, and discusses how you can handle consent in different situations.
  • Section 5 explores the importance of acting with integrity toward the audience.
  • Section 6 summarises the key points covered in the course and lists some takeaway questions to consider in your photography practice.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply empathy, autonomy, and integrity to your photography practice.
  • Understand the considerations that impact ethical decision-making in photography.
  • Engage with important ethical discussions that are taking place within photography.

Each section will have at least one online or offline activity for you to apply the concepts that we discuss in the course. 
You will be part of an online forum where you able to access additional updated material and discuss ethical scenarios with your colleagues.


The total course duration is 5 hours, and you can complete it across multiple sessions.


This course carries 4 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.


This course won the Education Award at the ISNTD Festival in 2019.


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