WFTDA Photographer Credential Guidelines

The WFTDA is looking to fill the following photographer roles at each tournament:

  • 3 WFTDA Photographers
  • Up to 20 Credentialed Photographers

Preference is given to photographers with professional grade equipment and significant experience shooting roller derby games, and photographers associated with credentialed media. If you are on assignment for a media outlet please ensure your media outlet requests media credentials as well. Click here for media credentials.

An acceptance or rejection e-mail will be sent shortly after you submit your request to us. If accepted, information about when and where to pick up your photo credentials badge will be provided.

WFTDA Photographers will be required to provide images at halftime and immediately following the game they are scheduled for. Selected photos will be licensed for use on WFTDA’s website and social media accounts.

Credentialed Photographers who are not shooting for a media outlet will be invited to contribute their photos to WFTDA Marketing for use on social media on an as-needed basis. A photography wrangler from the tournament host league will be on site to answer any questions and assist in getting photographers set up.


Photo credentials provide access to take photographs at the venue, subject to space and other limitations. Locker rooms and backstage areas are off-limits to all photographers. Your photo credential badge must be worn at all times during the Event, and you will be subject to the direction and/or supervision of the WFTDA and its designated representatives. Your photo credentials badge is not transferable; you may not give or loan your photo credentials badge to another person for any reason. Any misuse of the photo credentials badge will result in the loss of the photo credentials for the current Events and any future WFTDA events. Photo Credentials for WFTDA Photographers will include free access into the event. Credentialed Photographers who worked as a photographer in 2014/2015 WFTDA tournaments will be granted complimentary access into the event they are shooting. All other photographers will be required to buy a ticket for any events they wish to attend. The WFTDA may restrict the use of any equipment at its sole discretion.


You may not use, distribute, exhibit, reproduce, adapt, display, or publish any audio or visual accounts of the Event(s), other than in the manner described below. Nothing in this photo credentials agreement authorizes or allows you to violate any trademark, copyright, or other proprietary right of the WFTDA, the leagues, the teams, and/or the Skaters.


The WFTDA has exclusive broadcast rights to all WFTDA events and works closely with its official broadcast vendor(s) (the “WFTDA Official Broadcaster”). Your photo credentials badge gives you the right to take still photos only. It does not give you the right to record video on your camera.

“Real-time” is defined as “live and continuous description of an event.” The “real-time” transmission of streaming video, digital images, text-casting, and/or real-time audio (including play-by-play and statistics) of any Event by anyone other than the WFTDA or the WFTDA Official Broadcaster is not permitted.

The WFTDA grants you, as a valid photo credentials bearer, the right to distribute photographs of the Events if they are time-delayed, i.e., released at least five (5) minutes after the event depicted in the photograph occurred.


If you have been issued WFTDA Event photo credentials, you have a limited, nonexclusive, and nontransferable license to take and use photographs of the Event as long as such use does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship relationship between a third party and the WFTDA, the leagues, teams, and/or Skaters. The photos you take at an Event are your property. The WFTDA claims no right to use those photographs without your prior consent. The WFTDA has a right to view the photos taken at an Event and may request a license agreement with you for use of a photo. Terms of the usage agreement are at the discretion of the photographer and/or media organization.

You understand that any commercial sale of images from the Event will require model releases from any identifiable person in the image. You are responsible for obtaining the proper releases. You agree not to post game or Skater photographs that are not in the spirit of the WFTDA's values. This includes, but is not limited to, posting game images to websites that rely heavily on nudity, sexual content, violence, obscenity, and/or websites that advocate illegal behavior or discrimination based on race, gender, and/or sexual orientation.

You will make every effort to avoid obstructing the view or impacting the safety of any fan, Skater, Official, or other attendee of the Event.

The ability to shoot on the track is completely at the discretion of the WFTDA. You acknowledge that the photo credential does not guarantee a track floor shooting position. Due to space constraints, you may be assigned to alternate positions. A WFTDA and/or tournament host liaison may provide you with location assignments and restrictions specific to the Event and venue. If you are allowed to shoot from designated photo boxes on the track, you may only move from these areas at half-time and during official time outs. If asked by security or tournament officials to vacate any designated area, please do so promptly.


You assume all risk and danger incidental to the sport of roller derby, as well as any risk or danger reasonably foreseeable while on the grounds of the venue, and you release the WFTDA, its employees, members, directors, officers, sanctioned tournament and host sites, title sponsors, participating Skaters, volunteers, assigns, and all agents thereof from any and all liabilities resulting from injuries or personal property loss occurring before, during or after actual play, or while otherwise at the Event venue or any associated WFTDA events.


In the event that your name or likeness is included in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, film, video, or other media taken in connection with the Events, you grant the WFTDA a nonexclusive, transferable, perpetual right and royalty-free license to use (and to sub-license the use of) your name and likeness in any media worldwide, whether now known or hereafter devised.


You jointly and severally indemnify, defend, and hold the WFTDA (and its officers, directors, and representatives) harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of suit/arbitration) arising out of or in connection with any act or omission by you, including, without limitation, your breach of any term of this agreement. With respect to any claim that might give rise to your liability as an indemnitor, the WFTDA will (a) have the right to fully participate in the litigation of such claim with counsel selected by you or your organization, and approved by the WFTDA, at no expense to the WFTDA; and (b) not be obligated, without its consent, to participate in any settlement of such claim.


You must agree to these terms upon submission of your request for photo credentials for WFTDA Events. Submission of your request and/or acceptance and use of the tournament photo credentials badge constitutes your agreement to abide by the terms and conditions contained herein. Failure to abide by the terms and conditions will result in loss of your photo credentials for these Events and future WFTDA events.

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