First, I loved the thread on War on Photography so I thought I would get some info out about the Olympics here and the restricitons on Photographers they are going to impose.
Now I understand the need for security for the Olympics here in Vancouver with the situations around the globe.
I was reading some postings in our local forum and a lot of people from around the world have been asking questions about bringing their photo gear, making money taking pictures at the olympics by selling there photos, as they have event tickets and want to take shots during the events.
Now I know a few people that work for VANOC, the organizing committee here, so I asked them who I would talk too about whats allowed to bring to events if your not press.
They put me in touch with the press/media relations guy and I got the following info, Just in case anyones coming here this is good to know.
NO ONE except credentialed press and photographers will be allowed to bring any camera that is professional/professional looking/or has any type of telephoto lens attached into any venue or event. Person that do will be asked to leave immediately and come back without their camera.
There are also colored Zones for security all over the place, each with different level of security. Basically the city is a mass of go and no go areas, street closures, etc. I would love to wonder the city taking pictures of all the action, as its going to be amazing around here but I doubt I will get much that is good.
One of the best areas near me to take pictures is along the Seawall from Stanley Park to Canada Place. However the IOC committee is staying in one of the hotels along the seawall, and security around there is going to be nuts.(there is a full time Swat team at that hotel) and they have the whole seawall and area completely closed(RED Zone)
I wouldn't recommend one of those T-Shirts....I'm a photgrapher, Not a terrorist....might be a bad idea.