What’s a model release?

Hi Foaper,

In this post, we want to clarify any questions about Model releases and why we need them.

Q: What is a model release?
A: A model release, known in similar contexts as a liability waiver, is a legal release typically signed by the subject of a photograph granting permission to publish the photograph in one form or another. The legal rights of the signatories in reference to the material is thereafter subject to the allowances and restrictions stated in the release, and also possibly in exchange for compensation paid to the photographed (Wikipedia).

So what does that mean:
In simple terms, a model release is a document signed by the person that can be recognized in a photo, giving her or his permission to the photographer to use that photo for commercial purposes. Even if the photo is actually depicting the photographer himself (a “selfie”), we still need to have the model release filled in if you want to sell it on Foap.

So where can you find this model release to fill in? Very simple! Just click here! (pdf)

There are many ways to fill in the document!

  • You can print it, fill it in, scan it or take a picture of it and sent it to along with your username and what Mission it refers to and our team will review your photos.
  • You can fill it in digitally using an app on your phone or tablet like this one here below and sent it to
    Check the the Model release app for Android or iOS.

The first part of the document is for the “model” to fill in their data and sign. The bottom part of the document is for the photographer to fill in and sign.
You can leave the Foap Ref. No. field blank.

So start gathering those model releases and happy Foaping! 🙂

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