With the whole Wyatt Neumann issue out there, I was challenged on something else about the rights of children as models, the ubiquitous shots of kids swimming at piers in Indonesia/Philippines/some poorer remote island somewhere. Many people have those shots from live-aboard trips in the areas and sometimes the entire village's kids join in the fun of a photo shoot at their pier. Some of these shots have won awards and have been published in magazines etc, profiting from that photo shoot. Obviously the kids aren't going to see the money or prizes, so their hour of fun is all they get out of it since usually it's not possible to post them a pic. I've attempted a few times for some villages in Indonesia, asking the live-aboard boats to drop off printed pics of the kids for them to at least get something out of it, but usually the live-aboard forgets to do it or they give it to the wrong village etc.
Obviously the kids didn't sign a model-release or even know what that is. They were willing participants but perhaps their parents should be the one saying yes or no?
I was just wondering what people thought of such pics and whether they think it's fair to the kids?