This is a good, colorful picture by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. We also get good pictures from The White House, military sources and sometimes companies. We have to weigh whether or not to publish them, and definitely prefer to publish images by independent journalists. Sometimes agencies and publications refuse to publish handout pictures in protest at the lack of access for photojournalists. At a minimum, msnbc.com always clearly discloses the source of the image in the credit line, and often the caption. It's important that you know, in a situation like this, that a picture is coming from an organization that has an interest in how they are covered. That's particularly true when McClatchey Newspapers reports that the White House has a full-court PR press on the oil spill response, and on the same day Newsweek reports some photographers' sense that BP and the Coast Guard are keeping them from covering the impact of the spill.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley / USCG via EPA
Photo released by the US Coast Guard on 25 May 2010 showing a Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) worker contracted by British Petroleum as he cleans up oil on the beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, USA on 23 May 2010. Hundreds of HSE contract workers are cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began washing up on beaches here after the offshore drilling platform located in the Gulf of Mexico 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, was engulfed in flames after an explosion 20 April 2010.