Please be respectful. This encompasses crowds wanting to see the action, celebrities not wanting to be inundated or harassed and towards your fellow photographers. You are very welcome to take photos, but please be polite, ask permission and give thanks. We welcome everyone to Kingscliff and would ask that you are respectful of the privacy of the general public, especially where minors are concerned. If you do take photos of children, it is essential that you ask parental permission and disclose the intended usage of the image.

Essentially, this is common sense and etiquette, but please observe this respectfulness.



If you wish to shoot water, please register prior to the heat with the Contest Director, who will be responsible for managing water photographers. Any unregistered photographers will be asked to leave the water. PLEASE KEEP WELL CLEAR OF ALL SURFERS AT ALL TIMES



You are welcome to shoot from anywhere you like from the beach or from in front of Cudgen SLSC offering superb opportunities and vantage points. We would ask you to again to be polite, courteous and respectful at all times.



Kingscliff falls in the main control zone at Gold Coast Airport. In other words it's controlled airspace all the way to the ground. You would need to be a qualified and licenced drone operator and would need all appropriate approvals from air services.



Official festival photographers Luke Sorenson and Russel Richardson are providing photography services to the event. Competitors are able to purchase photographic images by contacting the photographers.

We do not permit photography of individual competitors for commercial purposes, with the exception of work commissioned by sponsors and/or publications. Freelance photographers may submit images to magazines, websites and sponsors after the event, but may not directly approach competitors for the purpose of sales or financial gain. If you are unsure of image usage, please feel free to contact us. We thank you for respecting this arrangement.



While we have staff photographers providing much of our media photography, we would be stoked to share your images across our social media channels. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you payment for these images, but we would be happy to promote your business with links and hashtags across our Instagram and Facebook network. If you have images you would like to share, please email them to: including your name, credits and any links or hashtags you would like included.

We cannot guarantee that your images will be shared, but we would endeavour to do the best we can, either during or post-event.

Occasionally, we may accidentally post an image omitting accreditation and apologise in advance should this occur. Please politely comment and we will rectify immediately.



If you are posting images to your social media accounts, we would ask that you tag with the following:

  • #ALSO2017

  • #auslongboard17

This will enable us to track your images, share them (with full accreditation) and expand the reach of your images on social media.


Many thanks for your consideration and time. We look forward to welcoming you to the Australian Longboard Surfing Open and seeing all your wonderful images.