Buzzword Bingo: Photo Safari (2011)

Photo Safari (FotoSafari)

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slideshare: How to Organize Your Own Photo Safari (3,000+ views), Responsible Travel Photography (17,000+ views)
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Responsible Tourism Photography
You don't have responsible travel without responsible travel photography. Respect the privacy of others. If they don't want their photo taken, respect their wishes. You might lose the candid shot, but if you ask beforehand, you'll earn respect and might have a wonderful conversation.

Photo safaris are fun, free, inclusive events connecting responsible travel, the social web and sweet, sweet chiripadas.

Locals, visitors and total strangers are invited to take photos in a public space and share these online using the social web, including Flickr, Facebook, Google+, Slideshare and Twitter. Random passers-by are invited to join the fun. Again, photo safaris are inclusive rather than exclusive events. Think of this as a mobile meet-and-greet!

The objective is to 'walk the talk' of responsible, conscious travel and develop digital literacy while respecting natural and cultural worlds. Instead of taking pictures of people, take photos with people. This is a heuristic trek that combines mobile devices (smartphones, I'm looking at you!) and face-to-face communication. Be social and ... be social!

Gameification on!

Organizers' Checklist: How to announce a Photo Safari

Select a time and venue
Identify partners
Identify themes or checklist for the photos
Figure out prizes and rewards
Direct participants to apps and social websites where pics should be uploaded
Make a poster for the event
Announce on the social web

Participants’ Checklist: How to participate during and after a Photo Safari

Take photos in a responsible manner
Upload photos to recommended social websites
Check in and engage via the social web
Be generous to the organizer(s)
Be generous to other participants



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Las Vegas Photo Safari 02.2013

Recent Safaris

Mexico - Our 2012 photo safaris took place July 3 in the Llano Park-Baseball Stadium and February 19 at Monte Alban.

South Africa - Mossel Bay


Photo safaris (foto safaris in Spanish) are fun, frugal, lo-fi activities that can be incorporated into any event or public celebration. The activity costs virtually nothing to organize. We encourage you to take the following ideas and adapt what works in your own local space.

The format pioneered in Oaxaca by Ron Mader (and featured on this wiki) is a free event that takes place in a public venue (preferably a city park) with a special invitation to locals and visitors to attend. Info needs to be online and in dead tree format with local distribution. The preferred location is one that is easily accessible and has character, history and plenty of nature. Participants are asked to bring a camera and invited to share their pictures in relevant Flickr Groups. Participants can then add one another pics to their own galleries. We'll use the stars and comments given to select favorites that will be shared online and presented during a video night.

Among the plusses -- photo safaris bolster meaningful engagement among locals and visitors. Safaris create opportunities for face to face communication without the need to be buying or selling anything.

The second option is to call for photos about a specific subject. In Oaxaca, Mexico we ask visitors to ask permission and then to take photos of animals depicted in folk art. The photos can be uploaded - with the name of the artesano and village - to the World Crafts group on Flickr.


Safaris can help participants become more comfortable with their cameras, learn the basics of uploading photos online and discuss the practicalities of what constitutes responsible tourism. Organizers might want to create a checklist of things to take a picture or a list of trivia questions that the safari answers. Use your imagination! It's important not to program too much. Let the participants raise their own questions and converse with one another, make up songs, whatever they want to do.

Add-ons (if participants are willing) are trading cameras or asking people to take one another's photos with one another's cameras. The point here is to get people used to other cameras or smartphones.


The Photo Safari is a great way of getting a fresh perspective on a place. I recommend it!
- Martin Hatchuel


The street is a theater, admission free.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Give people a fun, exciting 'catch' activity and use that as the baseline from which more meaningful dialogue can evolve.
- Tom Walter

Checklist (English, Spanish)

Digital camera = Camara digital
Drinking water = Agua potable
Comfy shoes = Zapatos comodos
Notebook = Cuaderno
Hat = Sombrero


lingo sticks

Extra batteries for your camera = Pilas extras para tu camara
Recharge your batteries = Recarga tus pilas


Stuffed animals (can be a prize)

Please do NOT bring
Electrical instruments

Please bring
Dogs on leashes.
Your presence.
Your presents. (something to share ... it could be a local item such as food or crafts or a postcard).

Classic Old School Flickr Worksheets

how to put your photos on Flickr
como poner tus fotos en linea Flickr

Social Web Channels



Make up a game.
Bring prizes and gifts, particularly for kids. Bonus points for prizes that locally made and eco-friendly.
Hand out simple flyers or a single sheet of info that serves to focus participants locally (example: a checklist of local trees) AND guides them to relevant Flickr groups.
Welcome random visitors to join you on the spot.


Photos: Ask for photos in a few broad-themed categories that encourage creativity, conversation and attention. For example at Monte Albán: trees, reptiles, the ball court and that monument that looks like it inspired Han Solo in the Empire Strikes Back.
Recording: Listen to the soundscape and record your favorite sounds. It can be the bird songs or the mix of languages.
Language: Make friends and learn some words in a different language.

Who's invited?

Everyone! We'd like to encourage locals and random visitors to share the safari.
Bonus points for making the event family-friendly. Children should be welcome.
Bonus points for making the event wheelchair accessible. Accessible tourism is travel accessible by all.


The photo safari was created in Oaxaca City's Llano Park, one of the largest and oldest green spaces in town. The park has the distinction of having several historic trees (planted by heroes of Mexico's Battle of Independence) and eight charismatic lions, two at each corner of the park.


Here's our archive of event posters. It's very helpful to post the event posters online Flickr at least a week in advance so that they can be tweeted, facebooked, embedded using the social web. We also encourage people to print and display the posters.



Elsewhere on the Web

We recommend organizers develop some games for the safari as well as prizes and awards. This does not have to be fancy nor expensive.

Oaxaca de Juarez FotoSafari 03.2012

Free Poster for 2012 World Environment Day Oaxaca Photo Safari #wed2012 #wedchallenge #qrcode #oaxacatoday

Oaxaca FotoSafari 03.2012
Bring your hat! Multilingual Monte Alban Photo Safari in Oaxaca #rtweek2012

FotoSafari @ Oaxaca 07.2011
FotoSafari: Exposición de fotos de los niñ@s del Centro de Esperanza

fotosafari 03.2010

Where's Juarez? FotoSafari 2011

Free Poster for World Environment Day Photo Safari (FotoSafari)
Invitation to World Tourism Day 2011 Photo Safari

México FotoSafari 2013
mexico city fotosafari and treasure hunt
paseando con el mamut (photosafari 2009)

Special Event: Exhibition of Photos from the FotoSafari

Sep 15-30, Oaxaca City - Exposición de fotos de los niñ@s del Centro de Esperanza, Becari Campus QR, Calle Quintana Roo #209

Becari Campus QR hosts a photo exhibition with the pictures taken during July Photo Safari organized with Ron Mader of The photos were taken by the children of Centro de Esperanza Infantil (Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots) in the Llano Park.

Please help promote print the poster and if you have an account on Flickr, please give the poster a star (sort of like 'i like' on Facebook). If you have Facebook, share the exhibit's event page on your wall.

And since this event takes place in the natural world, please tell you friends in Oaxaca to leave a positive footprint and attend the event in person. Bring a hunger to see photos of an urban park from a different perspective,

Evento Especial: FotoSafari: Exhibición de Fotos

15-30 Sep, Ciudad de Oaxaca - Exposición de fotos de los niñ@s del Centro de Esperanza, Becari Campus QR, Calle Quintana Roo #209

Becari Campus QR patrocina una exhibicion de fotos tomado durante el FotoSafari en Julio organizado con Ron Mader de Los fotos fueren tomados de los nin@s del Centro de Esperanza Infantil (Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots) en el Parque Llano.

Ayudanos en la promoción de la exposición en la manera sigiente: Imprime el cartel y si tendras Flickr, regala una estrella (como 'me gusta' en Facebook). En Facebook comparta el evento en Facebook en tu muro,

Y por que este evento ocura en el mundo natural, por favor avisa todos los amig@s en Oaxaca dejar una huella positiva y venir con apetito ver fotos del parque de una perspectiva diferente.

Sunday, August 19 - Oaxaca

Massive Giraffe Attack!


Have fun! We are documenting the migration of African wildlife in Oaxaca. We've recently sighted giraffes in Oaxaca and are organizing an expedition to celebrate World Photograhy Day. We are on the lookout for giraffes and ask where Benito Juarez is pointing.

Meetup at the Sanchez Pascuas market news stand, 10am-ish, hangout for a bit with our favorite market vendors and then make a slow walk climbing Cerro Fortin.

How to participate:
Create accounts and download apps for Facebook, Flickr, Foodspotting, Foursquare and Twitter.

Take pictures of giraffes in Oaxaca.

Facebook: Join the event on Facebook. You might also want to check other slow adventures. Please share the event on your Facebook wall.

Foursquare: Check-in at the market. Get there early and have a good breakfast. Recommended are the tamales, memelas, tlayudas and enmolladas.

Flickr: Add a star to the photo safari poster and to the Sanchez Pascuas 40th anniversary poster

Your photos should be uploaded to the Oaxaca Today Group. Bonus points for pictures added to City Parks, Oaxaca Markets, Oaxaca Trees, Hyperlocal, i ate this!

Storify: Curate a story about giraffes or markets or anything you love in Oaxaca.

Twitter: Tweet about this page. You can also tweet the posters!

YouTube: Watch the market videos and make your own playlist.

Prizes to be awarded at the Friday Pochimilco Market.

Atrévete = Be daring. Oaxaca Hosts World Photography Photo Safari Sunday August 19 #rtyear2012

Scorecard: Oaxaca FotoSafari: Cerro Fortin

#FotoSafari Photo Exhibit @ Oaxaca 09.2011

give people a fun activity