press sectional graphic


Burning Man is a private event held on public land. Because of this, all professional media - which includes both still and moving image photographers - are required to sign professional use agreements once a project has been reviewed and approved by the Burning Man Media Team.

Approval to SHOOT images in Black Rock City is not approval to exhibit that work, however. All work must be reviewed by the Burning Man Press Team and receive written permission before it can be publicly displayed, whether or not that display is commercial in nature. In short, no public use of any image may be made without this written consent.

To apply to cover the Burning Man event, visit our Project Registration Questionnaire. The deadline to register all film, video, and still photography projects is the second Thursday in July.

We strongly recommend registering as early as possible. As we draw nearer to the event, our Press Team volunteers get increasingly busy with media inquiries and registration questions. We will be better able to field your individual questions about your projects early on in the season. Moreover, because projects are approved on a rolling basis, and we limit the number of cameras allowed in Black Rock City at the request of Burning Man's participants, you have a better chance of receiving approval if you apply long before the final deadline.

Each year, we grant permission to a small percentage of media projects. By giving us the most detailed information possible on your registration form, you can help us make a highly informed decision about your project.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have an urgent question, you may contact us at Press(at)BurningMan(dot)com or via our Press hotline at (415) TO FLAME.