Q: What is the money from my Photographer Pass used for?
A: Otafest is a non-profit event with no paid staff – 100% of the funds from all photographer and attendee passes is put back into running Otafest for your enjoyment!
Q: I just want to take photos for my own use. Do I need a Photographer Pass?
A: Nope, if you’re just taking photos for yourself and not selling any photography services, you do not need a Photographer Pass! However, you do need a Photographer Pass if you wish to sell photography services.
Q: I’ve already purchased a weekend pass to Otafest. Can I upgrade it to a Photographer Pass?
A: Thank you for supporting Otafest! Yes! Simply fill the application form below for your Photographer Pass.
Q: Why are you asking for extra information for this pass?
A: In order to protect our community, Otafest verifies that approved photographers are offering legitimate photography services.
Q: I’m not selling my services, but I’d like to be able to advertise as a free cosplay photographer. Can I still apply for a Photographer Pass?
A: Yes! We will review all Photographer Pass applications to ensure photographers are offering legitimate photography services. If your Photographer Pass is not approved, you are welcome to purchase a regular attendee pass for Otafest and take photos for personal use.
Q: I’m attending Otafest, and the photographer I want to book with refuses to buy a pass. What should I do?
A: The Otafest Facebook community is a great way to connect with talented and legitimate photographers who support Otafest! Booking with registered photographers helps Otafest continue to provide the best experience to our attendees.
Q: I’m an accredited photographer with a news organization. Do you have a press pass available?
A: Information on our press passes can be found here.