Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on...

What is a professional photographer?

This afternoon I got a phone call from Wilsons Promontory National Park asking me to pay $275 a year for a photographers licence, due to the fact that I am deemed to be a ‘professional photographer’ because I have a website . What I don’t understand is how one arm of the government regards my photography as a hobby and another as a profession. Yes I sell a few cards and pictures but this merely offsets some of the expenses I don’t actual make a profit out of this and can’t even claim those expenses off my tax because the tax department does not deem it as a professional activity, merely a hobby (one that just went another $275 a year into the red). I so don’t get it.

Would be interested to know what experience and views others have of this phenomena and for that matter how many of you out there already pay this sort of money each year for this sort of license.

Confused

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