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Photography in Nicaragua

Most Nicaraguans do not own cameras so the availability of most photographic, film or video equipment is very limited and expensive. Make sure you stock up on film, memory cards, batteries and other necessities before entering Nicaragua. If you are using a digital camera, bring your own memory card reader as most internet cafes will not have one.

Be cautious when taking pictures in Nicaragua. Avoid photographing military sites and personnel, police and police stations, mines and airports, as the authorities in Nicaragua consider these people and locations to be off limits. Travelers have had their film and cameras confiscated for taking pictures of places the Nicaraguan government considers important for national security. As always it’s good to avoid attending and taking photos of protests and other civil demonstrations in foreign countries, especially in Nicaragua, since such pictures are prohibited.

Many small towns have a local photographer who goes to all the local weddings, birthday parties and baptisms and takes photos for the whole town. The locals then go to the photographer’s house and, although not obligated, can purchase pictures of these events. Some of the wealthier people in town will hire the photographer to take pictures or make a video of an important family event, but most just rely on the traditional method of purchasing photos after the event.

The majority of Nicaraguans will happily let you take their picture; however, many will ask for either a copy of the photo or a small amount of money. It’s not considered rude or offensive to take photos of daily life such as a funeral procession or birthday party, but a certain measure of respect is expected from the photographer. When in doubt about whether you can take a picture, ask first.

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