PhotoVoice’s Statement of Ethical Practice



PhotoVoice’s Statement of Ethical Practice is a set of considerations and principles which govern how we design and deliver participatory photography programmes. It is intended to be universal, and applicable across all countries, projects, and topics. Ethical considerations arise as an everyday part of participatory engagement with community groups, especially when the resulting images are used publicly. PhotoVoice recognises a range of considerations may arise across different activities. If these are not given due attention prior to – as well as during – participant engagement, there is the potential for the activities to do more harm than good. 


  • highlight the full range of potential considerations that might arise in an activity
  • make others, particularly facilitators, partner organisations, and funders, aware of the typical ethical considerations which should be considered
  • demonstrate the standards that PhotoVoice regards as responsible practice
  • create a framework for discussing and agreeing procedures for managing ethical issues
  • set a baseline of ethical considerations which can be universally applied, regardless of the country or context in which engagement is taking place

This updated and revised version of PhotoVoice Statement of Ethical Practice was published in July 2023.

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If referencing this document, please use the following citation:

“The PhotoVoice Statement of Ethical Practice 2023 was written by PhotoVoice (, a UK based non-profit organisation specialising in designing and delivering participatory photography programmes worldwide.”