Did you get a great picture of a bison in front of the mountains this summer?
What about wildflowers? Do you have some landscapes or sunsets from your trips on public land?
Did you ask the Forest Service, BLM or Park Service for permission to take your photograph first? Believe it or not, Wyoming’s new data trespass laws say if you collect such “resource data” from “open land” without permission, and it could be submitted to someone who works for the government, you’re a lawbreaker.
In celebration of Free Speech Week, WyoFile is asking citizen photographers to submit their once-innocent, now-potentially illegal pictures to WyoFile. Join us in showing Wyoming some examples of photography that, despite the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Wyoming says is illegal now.
Submit your shot for inclusion in WyoFile’s Beautiful but Illegal? Wyoming Photo Gallery. There are just a few ground rules:
- Photographs must have been taken of “open land” in Wyoming — “land outside the exterior boundaries of any incorporated city, town, subdivision … or development.”
- Photographs must have been taken after March 5, 2015, the effective date when Gov. Mead signed Senate File 12 into law.
- Photographs must depict resource data, which Wyoming law defines as “relating to land or land use, including but not limited to data regarding agriculture, minerals, geology, history, cultural artifacts, archeology, air, water, soil, conservation, habitat, vegetation or animal species.”
- Photographs must have been taken on public land without trespassing on private property. WyoFile does not condone or encourage trespassing on private land.
- Photographs must have been taken without first asking permission from the public agency that manages the land.
- Photographs should have a short caption and the way you want your credit to appear.
If you think your picture meets these criteria but shouldn’t be illegal, here’s how to submit it:
You can also download WyoFile’s free speech logo to use as your Facebook profile image.
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of data trespass laws, October 2015
Groups sue Wyoming over “data trespassing” law, Sept. 2015
Critics say Wyoming data trespassing law criminalizes science, May 2015
Data trespassing bill is aimed at public lands grazing battle, May 2015
High-stakes suit pits ranchers against water-sampling greens, by E&E,Nov. 2014
Enjoy the Beautiful but Illegal? Wyoming Photo Gallery: