JUNIOR football codes on the Gold Coast say tight restrictions on people photographing children during games is a matter of protecting privacy and upholding religious beliefs.
But camera blackouts at matches have angered parents who say the use of contracted photographers instead of allowing family photos is just a money grab.
The issue of photographing children at games has flared up again after a local club prevented parents from using cameras during grand final rugby league matches at Beaudesert, instead engaging a professional photographer.
Gold Coast Junior Rugby League (GCJRL) also has a policy in place which requires parents to ask permission to take photos of their own children during weekly matches.
GCJLR manager Gary Phillips said the policy was put in place this season to ensure the safety of children with court orders and those in foster care.
Mr Phillips said although no families had ever raised privacy concerns with GCJRL, the policy was in place as a precaution.
"Our policy is that if you wish to photograph or video your child, you must ask both clubs permission," he said.
"That's every week during the year."
He said each club had the right to hire and designate exclusive rights to a certified photographer.
But some parents who were told not to photograph their children at the grand final match at Beaudesert are convinced the ploy was a commercially motivated.