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City in Kansas Under Fire for Requiring that Photogs Buy a Permit to Use Public Parks

Overland Park, Kansas became the focal point of many a photographers’ ire this week when it was announced that, from now on, professional photographers would be required to purchase permits if they wanted to shoot in any of the city’s public parks.

For many photographers, the local park is an easy go-to if you don’t want to shoot in the studio. You’ve probably seen senior portraits, engagement shoots and more taking place at your local park, but that’s no longer going to be the case in the city of Overland Park, Kansas.

The news broke earlier this week and already the photo community the world over is outraged. After all, tax dollars paid at least in part by professional photographers maintain public spaces, why should photogs be forced to buy permits to shoot there?

Greg Ruther, Overland Park’s Director of Park Services

Greg Ruther, Overland Park’s Director of Park Services

“Isn’t that why you build a public park?” local photographer Todd Davidson told told FOX 4 News. “To have beautiful spaces that people want to spend time in, and take pictures in? I think that’s the idea when we’re building a community.”

The original report doesn’t say how much permits will cost, but the rule went into effect on Tuesday, January 14th. According to Overland’s Director of Park Services, Greg Ruther, the ordinance does not apply to ‘amateurs,’ although we’re curious how park officials will make the distinction when trying to enforce the rule.

(via Reddit)