Ethical Travel Photography & Social Media

Social media and especially Instagram have become a major part of travel as phones make photographers of all of us. But what impact is this having on travel photography for photographers who shoot on a real camera or even work professionally?

Here’s something a bit different for you all. Eye for the Light recently took part in a panel discussion at the Royal Photographic Society, chaired by Lauren Seigel from the University of Greenwich, and it’s now available to watch on YouTube. Lauren chaired the panel discussion with influencer Sabina Trojanova – GirlvsGlobe, Diana Jarvis and Chris Coe.

Sabina is an influencer with a very large following on social media so it’s very interesting to hear, compare and contrast how she uses photography as a tool with how a photographer and a travel writer. The approves are very different so it makes for a fascinating discussion.

It’s quite long, with talks by Lauren Seigel and Sabina Trojanova (Instagram @girlvsglobe) before the panel discussion kicks off. The panel discussion is interesting and covered a lot of topics. It starts at 1hr 3mins if you want to skip to that. You can watch it all here.

Also check out our over-photographed feature on the Moroccan town of Chefchouen.

Image © Diana Jarvis


By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.