Filming & Access
Commercial and Media Filming at Georgia Aquarium
Thank you for considering Georgia Aquarium for your filming needs! We are happy to assist working media on assignment with feature stories and coverage of Georgia Aquarium, as well as film crews interested in using the Aquarium as a filming location.
Please note: Due to our peak attendance spring break season, we will be in a filming blackout period starting March 5, 2018. Any filming requests submitted after March 5 we will review at the end of April 2018.
Please note when submitting a filming request:
- All filming requests must be approved by Georgia Aquarium Communications department. The Communications department will also assist in arranging any interviews with our experts and staff members if one is requested.
- At least two weeks' notice is required for filming and photography requests. Any requests submitted under two weeks may not be accommodated and no filming will be accommodated with less than 24 hours' notice. Requests are evaluated on an individual basis.
- Media and film crews are allowed in public guest areas. Special permission if required for behind the scenes areas if requested and will be evaluated on an individual basis. Members of the media and film crews are always accompanied by a Communications staff member. We will help you find your way around and make sure you are able to get where you need for your story.
- All filming at Georgia Aquarium must follow Georgia Aquarium’s Commercial Filming and Photography Guidelines. These guidelines are for commercial crews who wish to use Georgia Aquarium as a venue, or use animals and staff to film all or part of feature films, documentaries, television advertisements, television series, photo shoots, print advertisements, etc. Georgia Aquarium’s guidelines help to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and guests.
- Georgia Aquarium cannot accommodate filmings on weekends, holidays, and during Aquarium buyouts due to increased attendance and impact on guest experience. Filming blackout dates may apply during peak attendance seasons (i.e. spring break, summer, holidays).
- Due to the volume of filming requests received, pilot shows and student filming requests cannot be accommodated.
- If a filming request is approved, a Location Agreement must be signed by all parties. The Location Agreement covers the grant of right to enter approved areas and use of Georgia Aquarium materials, location fees, Georgia Aquarium policies, rules and regulations, defines Georgia Aquarium property, and outlines insurance policies required. Location Agreement per Georgia Aquarium must be signed. Outside location agreements will not be signed.
- Georgia Aquarium Inc. (GAI) reserves the right to cancel any shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of Aquarium animals, staff or guests, or if it defies the Aquarium’s mission or any of the guidelines outlined.
To submit a filming request, a Filming and Photography Application must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the Communications department. Please complete the application by following the link below.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
On-site media requests
Members of the media covering a story related to Georgia Aquarium must contact the Communications department to request interviews or filming access before admittance to the Aquarium. No media will be admitted if they arrive onsite for day-of filming. Members of Communications team can assist in setting up filming, interviews, and parking should the project be mutually beneficial to both parties. All filming at Georgia Aquarium must follow our Filming and Photography Guidelines. Please fill out the Filming and Photography Application at least two (2) weeks in advance and email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with the Communications department.
Media Admissions Policy
The media admissions policy at Georgia Aquarium, Inc., enables active and working media (not including administration, sales, or retired personnel) to become familiar with the facility’s featured galleries and, enjoy a day at one of the world’s largest aquariums. Members of the media wishing to visit Georgia Aquarium must submit a ticket request form at least two weeks prior to their desired visit date for review. As a non-profit organization, discounts and complimentary tickets are provided on a case-by-case basis, availability and are not guaranteed.
Any tickets or discounts offered do not include parking fees.
Please note: While recording and photography devices are allowed in the Aquarium, no professional grade cameras, lenses, boom mics, lighting, etc. will be allowed without permission from the Georgia Aquarium communications team.
To purchase general admission tickets and experiences please visit georgiaaquarium.org.
Celebrities and VIPs at Georgia Aquarium
- Georgia Aquarium has hosted several celebrity visits. All celebrities/VIPs are given the option to have confidential visits to the Aquarium. In this case, they are required to pay for all of the costs of their experience.
- Certain celebrities/VIPs are offered complimentary services in exchange for various media opportunities.
- If a celebrity/VIP is interested in visiting Georgia Aquarium, notification must be submitted to the Communications department. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis.
- To notify the Communications department of a celebrity/VIP visit, please email media@georgiaaquarium.