The National Press Photographers Association, a professional society that promotes the highest standards in visual journalism, acknowledges concern for every person's need both to be fully informed about public events and to be recognized as part of the world in which we live.

The credibility of our profession is the responsibility of every member of NPPA. Accuracy in our work and integrity in our relationships with the public we serve are essential qualities for all photojournalists. This Code of Ethics attempts to foster the spirit of honesty in all aspects of our professional lives.

Read the full NPPA Code of Ethics»


NPPA promotes a common Code of Ethics for visual journalists. However, ethical issues can be complex. We encourage all visual journalists to go beyond just reading our Code of Ethics, and to discuss and explore ethical questions on your own and with your coworkers, so you are prepared when issues arise.


A strong admonition aimed directly at the practice of digital manipulation, which also sums up the NPPA Code of Ethics in a matter of a few sentences. Adopted 1991 by the NPPA Board of Directors.

The NPPA Ethics Committee has compiled a collection of “Ethics Matters” columns that originally appeared in News Photographer Magazine. It is hoped that this compilation will be a resource for students and professionals alike.

Stories and discussions about visual journalism ethics from across the web.

Transcript of the instructional video by former NPPA Ethics chair John Long. Long offers suggestions for dealing with image manipulation in an ethical way, in the context of visual journalism.