Grand Teton cancels plan to require photographer permits

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is reversing its plan to require portrait photographers to obtain permits to take wedding photos during the upcoming tourist season after hearing complaints from photographers and First Amendment lawyers.

Earlier this year, the park announced that it would require wedding photographers who shoot at six designated wedding sites to obtain permits and pay at least 3% of their earnings to the park. Small weddings and getaways not held in these designated locations would not be permitted a paid photographer.

Media, nature and professional photographers have complained, noting that federal law states the park service cannot require a permit for still photography if it occurs where the public is generally permitted.

Park policy is “essentially going back to what it was,” Grand Teton Chief of Staff Jeremy Barnum told the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Park regulations still limit weddings of 12 or more to the six designated sites. The park will issue up to 330 marriage permits for these areas. Small parties can get permits for backcountry areas. All parties can have paid wedding photographers.

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