Swiss gymnastics federation bans ‘suggestive’ photographs

Jul 10, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Swiss gymnastics federation bans ‘suggestive’ photographs

Jul 10, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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The Swiss Gymnastics Federation (STV) have announced a ban on what they call suggestive photographs of gymnasts. The organisation claim to want to ‘sensitise the media professionals’ to the issue. Images showing legs spread upwards and focusing on the crotch area will no longer be allowed.

The move follows are similar initiative by the German Gymnastics Federation, which also calls to focus more on the gymnast’s poses and positions via new guidelines for photographers.

A statement read: ‘To protect gymnasts, the STV strives to ensure that no suggestive or otherwise ethically sensitive photos are published and passed on. Especially photos where gymnasts were photographed in the crotch.’

It added: ‘The STV is aware that such photos can arise in action photography. However, publication should be avoided. The main concern of the STV is to sensitise the media professionals and to let common sense prevail.’

According to the German newspaper Bild, images of gymnasts doing the splits will still be permitted, depending on the angle. Similarly, the German Federation has changed the angle that press photographers are allowed to take images for events such as the Uneven Bars. For disciplines such as those, photographers are required to sit at a side angle and not take photographs from straight on.

All this might seem like micro-managing photographers, however, it must be remembered that girls as young as eleven or twelve years old frequently take part in gymnastic competitions at national and international levels. Now with deepfakes and AI, there is much more scope for those images to get into the wrong hands.

“We wanted to send a signal that we no longer want such photos,” Naomi Kempter of the STV stated. “It was high time for something like this,” she added in a statement.

[Via The Daily Mail]

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43 responses to “Swiss gymnastics federation bans ‘suggestive’ photographs”

  1. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Elena Dorina Mihail I notice you were too chicken to look for the gymnastics photos that are actually a problem.

    And no, I’m not going to do that for you.

  2. Elena Dorina Mihail Avatar
    Elena Dorina Mihail

    The problem is dirty minds not gymnastics/ swimming/ balet/ you name the rest or sport photography … and by curiosity why just girls pictures disturb you ? I was for more than 40 close to gymnastics and never saw what you see in those pictures. And like me 90% of people. Should a minority impose rules ? We will ban lateral splits in gymnastics? Because, you know., during competition dirty minds could watch ?

  3. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Elena Dorina Mihail If photos of male athletes were similarly exploitive, that would likewise be a problem. The fact you are blind to the problem is your problem.

    And yes: a minority that is being abused should absolutely be protected. Trying to play manipulative strawman games, again, is bullshit and you should be ashamed of trying that.

    Now explain to me. Why are you arguing that young female athletes being exploited and sexualised should not be protected?

  4. Elena Dorina Mihail Avatar
    Elena Dorina Mihail

    Tunes Firwood cover them is not protecting. Is just covering .i do not understanding why you repeatedly say exploited. How is exploited? Did you attend ever a gymnastics competition? Posing during events “indecent” as per your meanings is inevitabil . This is gymnastics. Do you want to contest actually gymnastics or you can think is possibly to remove all photographer professionally or not from a venue ? What do you want actually?Sorry my English is just my 3rd language.

  5. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Elena Dorina Mihail Yes, having positions during competition that can be exploited is inevitable. Photographers choosing to exploit is not.

    Go read the ban again: it doesn’t limit the athlete, it addresses abuse by photographers.

  6. Elena Dorina Mihail Avatar
    Elena Dorina Mihail

    Tunes Firwood in this case more then 50% of pictures will be banned… and another 25% banned by precautions… Farenheit movie/book will give you an ideea why starting banned something could be a dangerous pathway. No professional sport photographer will exploit sexual speaking photos. But in all corner of venues you could finds predators with a phone . So you ban genuine photographs, come on . They will refuse to do gymnastics photography in the future . Because I told you 75% of pictures could be banned. Let’s stop this argument. Agre to disagree.

  7. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    No, and again you’re trying to make hysterical claims to manipulate the reader. Why are you so desperate to justify and defend creepy photographers publishing photos that turn athletes into sex objects?

  8. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    And no: I will not “agree to disagree” about whether athletes – or any photographic subject – has the right not to be violated.

  9. Timothy Faust Avatar
    Timothy Faust

    Elena Dorina Mihail censorship? I don’t think that means what you think it means.

  10. Timothy Faust Avatar
    Timothy Faust

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Do you know what that word means?

  11. Timothy Faust Avatar
    Timothy Faust

    Tunes Firwood this article has nothing to do with laws.

  12. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Timothy Faust Right until photographers get trespassed for being utter creeps.

    Playing semantics is pointless: it’s pretty clear that this behaviour is not acceptable.

  13. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Timothy Faust yes I do. Do you?

  14. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Timothy Faust as a photographer you should fully understand what censorship is. You really had to ask that question. It answers itself in the caption, you know the word ban.

  15. Timothy Faust Avatar
    Timothy Faust

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. It’s not censorship when a private organization tells people what they can or cannot do at their events.

  16. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Timothy Faust in the fine detail it is censorship. As I stated the word ban pretty much defines censorship. I stated nothing about public or private. Details matter along with definitions. By the way a sports federation making the censorship call is nothing new.

  17. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. You’re right: this is nothing like censorship.

    This is the equivalent of not letting your dog poop in someone else’s house.

  18. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood so, let me get this straight. By definition censorship is the suppression of words, images, or ideas and in this instance the banning of images is one of the defining statements of definition. You can sit and day oh private business and people cannot censor. On paper, maybe.

  19. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. No, being expected to be a decent human being is not censorship.

    The images you are desperate to endorse are abusive: you are not the victim in a conversation about the consequences of your misogyny.

  20. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood and you have no virtuous authority to make any call. The concept not the images themselves. I dont care what the images were. Where did you get that? This is the banning of photographs by a sanctioning body, and by definition it is what it is.

  21. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. I do not require authority: the actual authority has already made that call. On behalf of the athletes you are frantic to objectify.

    By your definition, banning child pornography is censorship. Society has zero sympathy for your posturing.

  22. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood yep you decided that instead being pleasant and having a conversation just jump right in because you feel the need to vilify. I have no simpathy for your feeble attempt to vilify me. Liberalism you are not a good student of, but hey you are not alone.

  23. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Why should I be pleasant to someone advocating for the abuse of others? Someone who has decided that mindless posturing is more important than being a decent human being?

    Have you ever wondered why photographers are distrusted, excluded, reviled? People like you.

  24. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood ignorance is no excuse and no I am not going to be bullied by you or anyone else. You willfully dismissed the reality of my comment, went on your little tirade, and tried to make me the bad guy? Doesn’t work that way, people have to care what you have to say. By the way, not once did I endorse or encourage anything or anyone, did I? Your inability to see what is in your face illustrates better than I can. So with all of that said, you enjoy your evening.

  25. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. What reality? Your vacuous claim that not being permitted to publish images that denigrate other people, against their consent, makes you a victim?

    It’s tedious how many photographers think that a camera gives them permission to be defective.

  26. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood what is tedious is you inane ability to try and put words into others mouths. Your slanted view is what got you where you are and it shows. Have a day

  27. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. … says the guy who rocks up to catastrophise about photographers being required not to be utter dicks.

    You *do* know that everybody can see that you’re unsafe to be around, courtesy of comments on a public post? That nobody in their right mind would trust you with a camera?

  28. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood and there it is, just can’t go away without inferring something ludicrous and so far out of discussion it’s laughable. I made a comment about censorship, like it or not. And aparently you don’t, which is your right, to disagree.

  29. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Yeah, just a comment about how being expected to be a decent human being turns you into a victim.

    Do you honestly think people are too stupid to notice your little game?

  30. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Tunes Firwood no game here other than your expansion of a comment. Other than that, meh

  31. Tunes Firwood Avatar
    Tunes Firwood

    You can lie to yourself, but not others.