What the go with no been able to take photos on the beach anymore. A friend of mine has said she was not able to take photos of her kids playing in the water at a beach last week. and i point out not even a nude beach is it only in Australia or has this gone on else where. love to know.
we havent had any problems kate and i suspect you wont either as long as you are sensible and not causing affront to anyone
thats one of the advantages of living in a small town, people here to tend to have more common sense and importantly tend to use it more often than our bigger town cousins, lol
good luck and happy snapping
In general, any photographs taken in public areas are lawful unless taken for self gratification. This applies to changing rooms & beaches etc where mobile phone cameras could cause havoc. NSW legislation came in a few years ago in the wake of photos being taken from 'shoe cameras' looking up girls skirts and other equally perverse acts. Take a look at the NSW Parliamentary counsel site particularly the Child Care and Protection Act amendments of 2005.
There are other places where photographs are not allowed in public areas, such as Courts etc.
We've been photographed in naturist environments (private & public) a number of times, but only after our consent was asked for and granted.
Children should be protected from evil grubs who have no values, but a simple common sense approach is the best way to go. There would be no issue with taking pics of your own children.
Australian surf life saving clubs do have a fairly strict no photo policy for their nippers programs because of past incidents of 'rock spiders' with cameras lurking in the dunes behind the beaches or even out in full view of the kids. We have no problem with that, but no one's going to stop us photographing our own children and the beauty of the digital camera is the ability to review photos taken if the need arises.
we've had similar rediculous things in the UK, where parents have been stopped from taking photos of their kids in school plays or sports days etc,
this can actually be enforced if the school says "no phtography" but as i understand the law over here, if you are in a public place no one can stop you taking photos,
over here we've got that many cctv and security cameras you spend half your life on film once you step out your front door anyway !!!!!!!
You didn't mention if it was a park ranger or other law enforcement officer that prohibited any photos or other sun bathers at the beach.
The beach we go to here in the USA photos are ok as long as you're carefull and not take photos of others without their permission, which is just common courtesy to get permision in the first place.