Because Duke Chapel is an icon of Duke University, there are restrictions on the use of its image. Please contact Duke Chapel’s Communications Manager with questions and requests.

Any use of drones, must comply with the university's Drone Policy.

Commercial Photography or Videography
Permission to photograph and record video or audio inside or outside the Chapel is required in all circumstances. Any requests will be reviewed according to the university's guidelines for Filming on Campus. Please contact the Communications Manager with questions and requests.

Visitor Photography Policy
Still photography and personal video camera recordings are permitted for private, noncommercial use only, except as noted below:

  • Photographs and video recordings cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
  • Visitors are also prohibited from setting up tripods/monopods, from using flash, or setting up alternative lighting.
  • Photography and video recording is not permitted during religious services, concerts, or special events unless prior arrangements are made and explicit permission is granted.

Wedding Photography Policy
Wedding video recording and photography rules are outlined in the Chapel wedding policies document. For further information, contact the Wedding Coordinator.

News and Media Requests
Permission to photograph and record video or audio inside the Chapel is required in all circumstances. Requests to take images inside the Chapel will only be considered for projects that align with the Chapel’s mission. Please contact the Communications Manager with requests. Members of the news media who seek to shoot photography or video taken of the Chapel's exterior should contact Duke's Office of News and Communications.

For most public events, approved filming and photography can be done from either the rear of the main sanctuary (the nave) by the AV console or at an area by the right-front column reserved for members of the media. Both of these locations have a line-level XLR output for receiving audio from the house sound system. Aisles must be kept clear at all times. For special events, instructions for filming and photographing will be given by Chapel and News staff members. Photographers and videographers are asked to dress appropriately for the occasion they are covering. Please wear soft-soled shoes when shooting inside Duke Chapel.