Press & Photographers

2 months until Anime Milwaukee 2019

Below are Photographer and Press Policies & Applications

2019 Photographer Policies

If you intend to charge attendees for photoshoots, we require you to purchase a Photographer Badge. Any person who is financially profiting from our event and/or attendees must be accounted for through similar regulations as our exhibitors and vendors.

Photographers with professional or pro-sumer gear, who are taking photos, may be approached by staff at the convention and asked if they are doing a paid photoshoot. In the event that you do not have an Anime Milwaukee-issued Photographer or Press Badge, you will be escorted to Registration to obtain an appropriate badge. Refusal to do so will result in the loss of your attendee badge, and you may be escorted off the premises. Press Badge qualifications and policies can be found below.

This badge is $90 (or $40 with a trade-in of your regular attendee badge).

The purpose of the application process is to verify your service as legitimate, not to judge quality of work. These passes will be available with our pre-registration system as well as on-location. Reports of a photographer being rude to attendees will result in the removal of the Photographer Badge. The photographer will be issued an attendee badge and be told to discontinue photoshoots for the remainder of the event. Inability to comply will result in removal of attendee badge and the event. Anime Milwaukee reserves the right to deny a Photographer Badge to anyone at any time.

These are weekend-only badges, there is not a single-day Photographer Badge. These badges will be made available for pickup at the convention only. Once you pick up your badge at Registration, visit the Press Department for your Photographer Pass.


  • Reserved seating and early entrance for select convention events (see the Press Department for more details)
  • Complimentary coat check access, to store your equipment in a supervised area in between shoots.
  • Approval to use our social media(s) to advertise.
  • We will issue you an AMKE-authorized logo to promote your presence.
  • Use of light stands (preferably battery powered only) on the premises.
  • Use of clamp lights.
  • Equipment is permitted in foot traffic areas, but should immediately be moved when your shoot is complete or if any handicap or special needs vehicle need to pass through.


  • All-access privilege to our event.
  • The power to restrict attendees from certain areas of the convention. You may politely ask attendees to clear an area, but they do not have to comply.

2020 Photographer Badges are not available yet!

Contact the Press Department Manager at for more information.

Photographers retain all rights to their photos, however, AMKE may ask to use high quality, non-watermarked photos in promotional materials. If so, photos will only be used with attribution. As this is a private event, certain photo restrictions may apply, such as guests not permitting photos or allowing photos to be sold.

Press Rules and Regulations

Welcome to our media partners and community members.

We’re excited for you to join us in our 12th year of Anime Milwaukee (AMKE). Last year, we had around 11,000 attendees join us as we celebrated anime, cosplay, and gaming in downtown Milwaukee. This year we return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Wisconsin Convention Center for another fantastic year.

Press access is a powerful tool and privilege. We limit the amount of badges to vetted members of the media. Priority will be given to national, regional, and local affiliates. We will then distribute badges to fan media in order of prominence.

Student journalists are always encouraged to apply!

Are you interested in helping us push our event on your respected medias? Let your audiences know that you’ll be here.

2020 Press Applications are not available yet!

Quality Control Check-Ups

Press department staff will be performing post-convention follow-ups with all attending press. Staff will review all convention reporting to determine that services or coverage provided was performed in equal to the value of convention badge(s) to Anime Milwaukee. Number of badges per publication will be a factor in the assessment. Those who have been determined as providing insufficient coverage will either have to meet additional criteria or be denied press access in future years.  Online reports may also be showcased on our Inside AMKE page.

We are requesting all raw photos and videos for archiving and marketing purposes. In the event that materials are used from a publication, then that publication will be appropriately accredited.

Press Center Location and Hours:

LOCATION: Hilton Milwaukee, TBA

For further questions, Contact the Press Department Manager at