Visitors face a u201830cmu2019 limit on photographic equipment at London 2012 Olympics venues, organisers have confirmed.

Camera gear is on a hit list of ‘restricted items’ drawn up by the London 2012 organising committee.

The list includes: ‘Large photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length, including tripods and monopods.’

Locog adds: ‘You cannot use photographic or broadcast equipment for commercial purposes unless you hold media accreditation.’

Visitors are told to ‘check with staff’ about items they fear may block the view of other spectators, or create a safety hazard.

Responding to the news, John Tracy, chief executive of the Bureau of Freelance Photographers said: ‘So, once again, photographers are facing restrictions on taking photographs…

‘There was a time when people would be perfectly free to take pictures at public events, even if they were doing so for commercial purposes.

‘This is yet another indication of how our rights are being gradually eroded.’

At the time of writing, it was not clear if people carrying equipment exceeding 30cm will be prevented from taking it into the venue, or whether they will be told not to use it once inside.

‘We are giving people advanced warning,’ said a Locog spokesman, adding that he will seek to clarify the matter with Locog security.

Earlier this year, Locog said photographers will not face confiscation of camera gear at the gates, but that security staff have a right to challenge people whose equipment interferes with the view of other spectators once inside.

‘No way are we trying to target camera users,’ said a Locog spokesman in February. ‘The issue is basically around size.’

Curbed objects also include ‘oversized hats’, and clothing bearing ‘political statements or overt commercial identification intended for “ambush marketing”‘.

The list of ‘prohibited items’ includes skateboards and pets.

‘There are no storage facilities available and if you surrender an item you won’t be able to get it back,’ warns Locog.

  • Roger M

    I agreed about size restriction t0 30cm however I wanted to make sure it is official I will hate to go with my camera d3 and 70 -200mm
    total lenght 29 cm ad to be told you cannot enter?
    I am coming from the us and have tickets for many events
    I am an amteur and all photography is personel.
    Can you have an official words and it will be a ok on the size limted

  • Dan C

    Is there a link to this official announcement? It would be good to have a copy of something LOCOG ‘official’ (as opposed to a news report) to show any security guard who isn’t up to date with the rules…


  • kds_uk

    Does anyone have a link to the official statement about the 30cm limit please.

  • WasteAccountant

    As Photography is a hobby, I was concerned that they would band Bridge or long range compact cameras, I would never expect to be allowed to take DSLRs into an event, the 30cm rule seems fair.

  • Paul Riddell

    Pretty normal restrictions as far as the photography goes.



    It was worse at the 2010 Winter Games here in Vancouver!
    It was left largely to the officials/volunteers on site to decide what was allowed and what was not. All about getting more money for a “media licence”.
    Officials were much better at the Paralympics – altoghether a more “sporstmanlike” setup!

  • Will

    To be honest, seems perfectly reasonable to me! My Pentax K5 and any of my lenses would be less than 30cm. Anything larger would be impractical at a crowded event anyway. Many events I have heard about ban ‘professional looking’ cameras or DSLRs altogether.

  • Jaap Stil,

    Well, are you allowed to bring an umbrella ?

  • Qaqwex

    What happens if you have a zoom lens 11.5 inches long when it is closed an 16 inches when fully extended.

    Again with a zoom 11.5 inches long. If you have it attached to a camera body making it 14 inches in total is it banned. What if you separate the two and put a 50mm f1.8 on the camera instead.

    Methinks there is going to be a lot of confusion and arguments.

  • Simon

    It’s always for money that the riches refuse to let the smaller people free…… What a shame to pay pro photographer thousands of dollars but then, some ‘amateur’ got THE shot they wanted…

  • Rex

    This is completely ridiculous! I thought we live in a free country, and we are not even allowed to use proper photographic equipment during the Olympics. Look at Beijing, Athens, Sydney and all the past Olympics, they didn’t have a problem with taking photos, so what went wrong?