Generally speaking, outdoor photography is a low-risk activity and the nature of our activities is mostly outdoors where there’s plenty of space and fresh air. However, delivering interactive photography instruction and tutorials involves a more interpersonal approach and therefore warrants further consideration to ensure health and safety for all.
You are not required to be vaccinated to join a Shutterbug Walkabouts Experience.
All members of our team are fully vaccinated. This means that if you have any health conditions that need to be considered, you can rest assured knowing that our collection of private tuition and touring experiences may be adapted with modified operational procedures to ensure your personal health and wellness throughout.
In the interest of remaining free of coronavirus (in the best way possible), for some experiences, guests may be asked to complete a confidential pre-travel ‘Wellness Declaration’ form. This will give you, and all fellow guests travelling, an added level of assurance. Guests with any symptoms of illness prior to joining a Shutterbug Walkabouts Experience are requested not to travel and recover any financial losses incurred on travel insurance (which we strongly recommend you purchase as soon as possible after placing your booking).
Face masks are no longer mandatory, and therefore not required to be worn during any Shutterbug Walkabouts Experience. However, there may be times in which they may be preferred, recommended or required to be worn in varying scenarios. As has become very well-known, this is an ever-changing circumstance that we will all simply adapt to as needed.
While it appears we have come through the worst of the pandemic, along with all the border closures and lockdowns, we still need to prepare for the potential that COVID may continue to disrupt how we all travel and interact. It’s also important that we employ sustainable operational practices to factor in how travel looks from this point forward.
We all know that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, so it’s important that you stay up to date and check the latest information before travelling to your Shutterbug Walkabouts photography experience.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended, even if you are travelling within Australia. Most travel insurance companies do have some cover for events related to COVID-19. Though as always, it’s important that you check what events/circumstances your chosen travel insurance covers and that they are suitable for you.
We found this article “Does travel insurance cover COVID-19?” published on CHOICE – the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia – we hope you find it as helpful as we have.
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic and resume operations in the most sustainable way that we can, our refund policy has been revised and updated to outline how we manage booking amendments and cancellations. There is more clarity about how your booking is managed if you need to amend or cancel your experience for any reason. These new terms came into effect for all new bookings from 1st January 2022.
If you are not able to travel due to a government-imposed restriction or a border closure, discretion about the circumstances will be applied.
For cancellations other than government-imposed travel restrictions, our standard cancellation policy, at the time of your booking, applies.
Bookings made and confirmed (with deposit/full payment made) on or before 31st December 2021 retain the booking terms and conditions in place at the time of booking; along with any terms agreed to separately.
As is always the case, if you find yourself needing to amend or cancel your booking, or you are simply reconsidering your travels, we encourage you to get in touch with us at the earliest possible time to discuss your individual circumstances directly with us; because that’s the only way we can assist in whatever way we can before our cancellation policy is officially activated.
Wearing a face mask if required or requested to do so
Remain aware of personal and general hygiene, especially when coughing or sneezing
Support all experience participants and your guide, in their individual efforts to adhere to health and safety measures – preferred or mandated
To follow directives as and when provided by your guide and/or Public Health
We respect all these same principles of etiquette toward you, other experience participants and anyone else we interact with.
Other Safety Masures – COVID-19
Our preparations and training
In addition to our standard training and certifications, our tutors and guides have undergone supplementary COVID-19 Infection Control Training and use best practices in the aim to mitigate the associated risks with the virus while supporting the government’s efforts with contact tracing should the need arise.
Please arrive healthy
Your health is a priority to us, as is the health of ourselves, our experience partners and anyone else with whom we interact with. In the lead-up to your experience, we may ask you to complete a Wellness Declaration – an easy form submitted online.
At any time leading up to and including the day/s of your experience you feel unwell, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss your circumstances and how it may impact your experience. Please be aware that our booking terms and conditions including amendments and cancellations will apply and travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Shutterbug Walkabouts is committed to maintaining recommended physical distance where safe and practical.
Your guide/tutor carries hand sanitiser at all times, which is available for you to use throughout your tour or tuition activity. We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitiser. Anti-bacterial wipes and/or disinfectant spray will also be provided for equipment, such as tripods, along with optic-friendly wipes for cameras and lenses.
Although not mandatory, mask-wearing may still be recommended in some settings, in particular in an indoor setting where physical distancing is not possible.
While hand sanitiser will be frequently used, your guide/tutor may choose to use a stylus pen to point or indicate to buttons and menu settings on your camera, to minimise physical contact with your camera. Alternatively, your tutor will use hand sanitiser before and after physical connection with your camera or other gear – and we’ll recommend that you do too.
The various equipment we use, including but not limited to cameras, tripods, door handles on our vehicle and picnic tables/seating that we may utilise will be wiped with disinfectant and/or santised before your experience. In our vehicle we carry surplus hand-sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes, disinfectant spray and cloths, and a small supply of face masks for use as/when required.
Meals and refreshments
Handling of food and hand hygiene is paramount. All participants will wash their hands with soap and water prior to handling equipment and/or food. Where soap and running water is not available, hand sanitiser will be used liberally. Furthermore, food-safe gloves are available for use when required.
During meals, it’s imperative that hygiene principals are maintained throughout the meal. This includes meals served on individual plates, using supplied equipment and utensils to serve food and no double-dipping.
Photo shoot locations
Accessing areas or locations for photo shoots is based on the number in the group along with access and logistical considerations that we need to take into mind. If physical distancing is not easily implemented for what is intended, alternative activities to ensure we retain the superior quality of the overall experience for you will be arranged.
Dual-zone climate control with separate controls for front and back.
Weather shields on each window allows for circulation of fresh air via open windows while travelling as/when desired.
Our vehicle is immaculately cleaned and sanitised prior to each and every experience.
Sanitiser wipes and sprays are available for every tour and used as frequently as circumstances require.
Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes will be available for the driver and passengers at all times.
Rubbish bags are made available for disposal of sanitiser wipes, tissues and other rubbish and disposed of appropriately.
For experiences that require other transport (e.g. ferry) during your tour, we follow directives from the operators accordingly. If you would like more information, please enquire.
Accommodation and Third Party Venues
Accommodation and third party venues vary from one experience to another. For this reason, we follow procedures as applied by our experience suppliers while following our procedures too.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – We want you to feel comfortable discussing how you may like us to adapt the delivery of interactive photography instruction for you. Rest assured that we will not feel offended by any request that ensures your health and wellbeing at any time, especially during this time that we are all navigating our way through COVID-19, or anytime really.