[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Photography / news

Updated: 15 March 2017

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

^ Photography / news

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a national newspaper. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here. See also regional newspapers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
24 Heures 1 pic supplied Single use in 24 Heures 2001 GBP 100 GR
Alawaro 11 slides 2002 GBP 30 X
Børsten (Denmark) one-time usage 1998 GBP 68 - X
Corriere della Sera two pictures 2011 GBP 300
Daily Express shift _NS 2006 GBP 150 GR
Daily Express half page _UM 1997 GBP 100 - X
Daily Mail unauthorised use - first offered £130 _Assoc 2015 GBP 200
Daily Mail DPS picture feature (5 images) _Assoc 2014 GBP 1500
Daily Mail unauthorised use - first offered £130 _Assoc 2014 GBP 200
Daily Mail unauthorised use - first offered £130 _Assoc 2014 GBP 200
Daily Mail repro photos syndication not allowed _Assoc 2013 GBP 20 0 XXX
Daily Mail compensation agreed in principle for photo used without permission _Assoc 2010 GBP 250
Daily Mail job _Assoc 2008 GBP 150 GR
Daily Mail shift - any number of jobs within the day, mileage charge on top _Assoc 2008 GBP 150 GR X
Daily Mail shift _Assoc 2006 GBP 150 GR
Daily Mail one pic _Assoc 2004 GBP 200
Daily Mail one photo _Assoc 2002 GBP 200 O
Daily Mail Photos not used _Assoc 2001 GBP 175
Daily Mail photos Usually 1st use _Assoc 2001 GBP 150 GR X
Daily Mail pic _Assoc 1998 GBP 110 -
Daily Mail 3 pix _Assoc 1997 GBP 150 - X
Daily Mail weekend magazine: face-in-the-crowd _Assoc 1996 GBP 80 -
Daily Mail Online raw video, length unspecified _Assoc 2016 GBP 150
Daily Mail Online stills _Assoc 2016 GBP 80 XX
Daily Mail/APC (Australia) day with TV star 1994 GBP 525 -
Daily Mirror photo assignment FBS _TMG 2006 GBP 175
Daily Mirror foreign pix to go with women's feature plus £150 exes _TMG 2003 GBP 1000
Daily Record two days plus 4 or 5 pix _TMG 2005 GBP 500
Daily Star words +pic _NS 2014 GBP 125
Daily Star 2 photos _NS 2014 GBP 200
Daily Star words +pic _NS 2014 GBP 125
Daily Star 2 photos _NS 2014 GBP 200
Daily Star one pic _NS 2005 GBP 200
Daily Telegraph words + 1 pic _BarcB 2014 GBP 25 XXXX
Daily Telegraph words + 1 pic _BarcB 2014 GBP 25 XXXX
Daily Telegraph Picture on spec, 1in square _BarcB 2012 GBP 90
Daily Telegraph per pic, 1/4 page _BarcB 2011 GBP 150 X
Daily Telegraph pic spread / feature _BarcB 2006 GBP 800
Daily Telegraph small photo to accompany travel article licence not discussed, but used on the website _BarcB 2006 GBP 50
Daily Telegraph one pic _BarcB 2005 GBP 130
Daily Telegraph quarter page FBS _BarcB 2005 GBP 140
Daily Telegraph day shift - up to 4 jobs _Holl 2003 GBP 95 XXX
Daily Telegraph _Holl 2001 GBP 150
Daily Telegraph money go round section, pic: usually pay 90 but upped because needed same day _Holl 2000 GBP 100
Daily Telegraph dps pictures _Holl 2000 GBP 500 -
Daily Telegraph dps pictures _Holl 1999 GBP 500 - X
Daily Telegraph pic incl. materials _Holl 1999 GBP 90 -
Daily Telegraph Family Finance pic _Holl 1999 GBP 90 -
Daily Telegraph travel pages, day _Holl 1999 GBP 150 -
Daily Telegraph per pic _Holl 1998 GBP 85 -
Daily Telegraph half-page photo _Holl 1997 GBP 90 -
Daily Telegraph day _Holl 1996 GBP 225 -
El Mundo (Spain) day 1998 GBP 200 -
El Mundo (Spain) shift,+exes 1994 GBP 210 -
Evening Standard 1 photo on p7 _Assoc 2008 GBP 200
Evening Standard one pic, Metrolife Arts _Assoc 2005 GBP 95
Evening Standard one pic, news _Assoc 2005 GBP 100
Evening Standard one pic, Arts section _Assoc 2005 GBP 80 X
Evening Standard one pic (no credit) _Assoc 2003 GBP 250
Evening Standard half page stock pic _Assoc 1999 GBP 200 -
Evening Standard day _Assoc 1998 GBP 80 - XX
Evening Standard day _Assoc 1997 GBP 125 -
Evening Standard day,+exes _Assoc 1997 GBP 80 - X
Financial Mail on Sunday shift plus equipment fee (£25) and 35p per mile and £5 for phones _Assoc 2006 GBP 146 GR
Financial Times Deutschland 'Out of office' page portrait no extra for web _Pearson 2008 GBP 150 0
Financial Times day _Pearson 2011 GBP 130 XX
Financial Times portrait commission for Saturday supplement single use, print only _Pearson 2010 GBP 160 X
Financial Times online slideshow _Pearson 2010 GBP 130 XX
Financial Times 5cols p3 _Pearson 2010 GBP 180 90
Financial Times travel section large photo , no extra for web _Pearson 2008 GBP 250 0
Financial Times per day plus expenses and exclusive rights for one year from first publication _Pearson 2006 GBP 120 135 GR XXXX
Financial Times shift _Pearson 2006 GBP 100 XX
Financial Times one photographic job for website _Pearson 2006 GBP 130
Financial Times day _Pearson 1998 GBP 120 -
Financial Times shift _Pearson 1998 GBP 100 - X
Glasgow Herald magazine, half day to include 140 miles & materials _SMG 2002 GBP 250
Guardian Media website pic online +5% for web gallery _GMG 2007 GBP 500 25
Guardian Media website pic +5% for web gallery _GMG 2007 GBP 220 11
Guardian feature photography syndication allowed with proceeds split with photographer _GMG 2013 GBP 183.15 GR
Guardian photo commission mileage paid _GMG 2013 GBP 190
Guardian Stock pic up to 5" - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 61.89 HA
Guardian Stock pic 30" to 50" - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 94.12 HA
Guardian Speculative pic more than 5" - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 150 HA
Guardian Stock pic 80" to 108" - half Berliner page - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 124.49 HA
Guardian minimum shift (4 hours) in 2012 house agreement - £190 total _GMG 2012 GBP 177.65 12.35 HA
Guardian Stock pic 108" to 216" - full Berliner page - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 61.83 HA
Guardian Stock pic 50" to 80" - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 108.24 HA
Guardian day rate in house agreement - £275 total _GMG 2012 GBP 257.13 17.88 HA
Guardian Stock pic 216" to 432" - double Berliner page - negotiable - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 210.39 HA
Guardian supply photo for website _GMG 2010 GBP 66 XX
Guardian supply photo _GMG 2010 GBP 66 XX
Guardian photo for web _GMG 2009 GBP 190
Guardian G2, per print _GMG 2008 GBP 132 X
Guardian shift variable _GMG 2006 GBP 145 GR
Guardian pic 20" to 30" (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 80 GR
Guardian pic 108" to 216" - full Berliner page (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 300 GR
Guardian pic 5" to 20" (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 69 GR
Guardian pic 50" to 80" (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 114 GR
Guardian pic 30" to 50" (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 104 GR
Guardian day 1.5% bonus for digital rights, if licensed _GMG 2006 GBP 221 3.32 GR
Guardian pic up to 5" (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 58 GR
Guardian pic 80" to 108" - half Berliner page (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 126 GR
Guardian pic 216" to 432" - double Berliner page (rate since 01/01/05) _GMG 2006 GBP 500 GR
Guardian one pic, Arts _GMG 2005 GBP 130
Guardian covering youth match, 2 pix pubd _GMG 2003 GBP 70
Guardian one small pic _GMG 2003 GBP 56
Guardian one small sports pic + wire _GMG 2003 GBP 76
Guardian one picture one use _GMG 2003 GBP 105 6
Guardian 7' square, it says here _GMG 2002 GBP 60 40
Guardian print - not used - search fee £25 plus _GMG 2001 GBP 85
Guardian G2 double spread _GMG 1998 GBP 650 -
Guardian day _GMG 1996 GBP 290 -
Guardian films podcast: supplying archive video , online use only, per minute _GMG 2009 GBP 150
i images and 300 words _INM 2012 GBP 150 XXX
Independent on Sunday 1/2 page stock image _INM 2005 GBP 250
Independent on Sunday page _INM 1999 GBP 250 -
Independent feature photography further reproductions free _Lebedev 2013 GBP 155 GR X
Independent 2 photos, online use _INM 2012 GBP 80 X
Independent shift _INM 2006 GBP 155 GR
Independent 90 sq inch photo _INM 2005 GBP 120 XX
Independent one pic, news _INM 2005 GBP 40 XXX
Independent magazine picture story on 5 pages, no expenses paid FBS _INM 2004 GBP 1000 X
Independent One pic 6" x 8" _INM 2004 GBP 70
Independent take and wire feature photo, used at 2 col no formal agreement, assume one time use _INM 2003 GBP 50
Independent Front Page Photo 56 sq ins and no credit one off use _INM 2003 GBP 100 XXX
Independent 1 pic in supplement _INM 2002 GBP 70
Independent six pix _INM 2000 GBP 350 -
Independent day _INM 1999 GBP 135 - X
Independent half day _INM 1998 GBP 70 - XX
Independent Magazine, day _INM 1998 GBP 180 -
Irish Daily Star commissioned job , prod/exes 50 cent per mile _INM 2014 EUR 81 XX
Irish Independent job next day use included in fee, all other uses as per agreed rates _INM 2013 EUR 120 80 GR
Irish Independent image lifted off the internet and then invoiced, paid with no questions _INM 2010 EUR 150 0
Irish Post single pic _Smurf 2002 GBP 30
Irish Times per job/assignement liccensed for first run as far as photographer can ascertain _ITTrust 2013 EUR 200 O
Irish World per picture 2005 GBP 6 GR XXXX
Mail on Sunday Ireland 2-hour job plus retouching plus transmission plus travel, exes £40 _Assoc 2013 GBP 250
Mail on Sunday shift plus equipment fee (£25) and 35p per mile and £5 for phones _Assoc 2006 GBP 146 GR
Mail on Sunday per pic _Assoc 2005 GBP 75 X
Mail on Sunday photos per pic _Assoc 2005 GBP 75 X
Mail Online 5 images online _Assoc 2016 GBP 90
Mail online words + 1 pic _Assoc 2014 GBP 40 XX
Mail online 5 photos _Assoc 2014 GBP 100 XXX
Mail online 5 photos _Assoc 2014 GBP 100 XXX
Mail online words + 1 pic _Assoc 2014 GBP 40 XX
Metro day on location covering sporting event - prod/exes petrol 45p/mile licensed for single edition print & online _Assoc 2014 GBP 150 GR XXX
Metro day on location covering sporting event - prod/exes petrol 45p/mile licensed for single edition print & online _Assoc 2014 GBP 150 GR XXX
Metro news reproduction syndication not allowed _Metro 2013 GBP 50
Metro shift _Assoc 2006 GBP 80 GR X^9!
Mirror shift _TMG 2006 GBP 165 GR
News of the World shift _NI 2006 GBP 175 GR
News of the World day _NI 1998 GBP 100 - X
Newsweek day 1999 GBP 350 -
Observer shift _GMG 2006 GBP 145 GR
Observer (Review) day _GMG 2000 GBP 136 -
Observer 2 pix ordered exclusive and unused (argues against offering exclusives!) _GMG 2000 GBP 60 -
Observer day shift _GMG 2000 GBP 136 -
Observer day shift _GMG 1999 GBP 135 -
Observer (Review) day _GMG 1999 GBP 136 -
Observer 2 pix ordered exclusive, not used (so don't give exclusives!) _GMG 1999 GBP 60 - X
Observer photo-exclusive _GMG 1998 GBP 400 -
Observer 1 pic shoot _GMG 1998 GBP 145 -
Observer B+W _GMG 1998 GBP 140 -
Observer 8 x 10 B/W _GMG 1998 GBP 110 - X
Politiken (Denmark) day 1998 GBP 340 -
Press Association shift plus 28p per mile _PA 2006 GBP 135 GR
Quotidiano (Rome) 2 photos 2012 EUR 200
Repubblica each 200 lira = 1994 GBP 80 -
Scotsman photo - repro fee, under licence _BarcB 2005 GBP 40 GR
Scotsman day shift Scotsman Licence (OR Scotland on Sunday Licence, OR Edinburgh Evening News Licence) _BarcB 2005 GBP 135 GR
Scotsman 8 hour shift all rights _BarcB 2001 GBP 120
Scottish Business Insider features photography, prod/exes 50 for front cover images syndication not allowed _TMG 2013 GBP 200 GR
South China Morning Post day 1998 GBP 200 -
South China Morning Post day 1998 GBP 200 -
South China Morning Post per assignment, max 1 day 1998 GBP 200 -
Standard shift _Assoc 2006 GBP 150 GR
Sun commissioned photoshoot, exes 27p per mile retain copyright but News International have syndication rights _NI 2013 GBP 165 GR
Sun shift _NI 2006 GBP 135 GR
Sun small front page pic (from South Africa?) _NI 2002 GBP 500 O
Sun job _NI 1998 GBP 500 -
Sun small front page pic _NI 1995 GBP 300 -
Sunday Business half page pic first UK Newspaper + wire fee £25 _BarcB 2002 GBP 100
Sunday Express shift _NS 2006 GBP 150 GR
Sunday Express half-day _UM 1997 GBP 100 -
Sunday Herald ordered job _NQ 2004 GBP 120
Sunday Herald repro fee _NQ 2003 GBP 62
Sunday Herald per job, incl exes _SMG 2001 GBP 150 X
Sunday Mail lot of pictures for a double page spread licences for at least 2 newspapers _TMG 2007 GBP 300 X
Sunday Mirror stock pic FBS _TMG 2013 GBP 250 O
Sunday Mirror shift _TMG 2006 GBP 180 GR
Sunday Mirror exclusive picture _TMG 2006 GBP 1000 O
Sunday Mirror day rate plus small pic _TMG 2005 GBP 320 O
Sunday Mirror exclusive pic _TMG 2005 GBP 1000 O
Sunday People shift _TMG 2006 GBP 150 GR
Sunday Post on spec photo submission incl £25 wire fee single repro, no reuse, no resale. _DCT 2006 GBP 75 GR
Sunday Telegraph shift _BarcB 2006 GBP 165 GR
Sunday Telegraph pic _Holl 1999 GBP 151 -
Sunday Telegraph portrait session, day incl exes of 420 _Holl 1999 GBP 400 - XXX
Sunday Times Ireland Shift/shoot FBS _NI 2013 GBP 200
Sunday Times photo in Culture _NI 2009 GBP 120 X
Sunday Times photo _NI 2009 GBP 78
Sunday Times culture section - single pic _NI 2008 GBP 66 XXX
Sunday Times shift _NI 2006 GBP 175 GR
Sunday Times Money supplement photo accompanying article (square of 4.5 cm sides) - not credited _NI 2006 GBP 54 X
Sunday Times one pic, news (small) _NI 2005 GBP 54 X
Sunday Times one pic, Home supplement _NI 2005 GBP 66
Sunday Times day shift - no wire fee _NI 2003 GBP 100 XX
Sunday Times commissioned job - includes wire fee + exes _NI 2003 GBP 175 X
Sunday Times use of small pic _NI 2002 GBP 100
Sunday Times Scotland 3 hours of work, 1 pix used (140 for km) One time use _NI 2007 EUR 350
Sunday pic _NI 1996 GBP 150 -
Telegraph shift FBS and web _BarcB 2007 GBP 350
Telegraph shift plus 38 p per mile. _BarcB 2006 GBP 165 GR
The Star shift up to _NS 2006 GBP 150 GR
Times Educational Supplements Scotland Feature photography syndication not allowed but further reproductions free _HM 2013 GBP 200 GR
Times Property - Bricks+Mortar - one photograph web use not notified but has also been used. _NI 2010 GBP 90 X
Times Money section, day _NI 2008 GBP 145 X
Times shift _NI 2006 GBP 130 GR
Times photo day - over 8 hrs FBS, expenses 28p/mile _NI 2006 GBP 200 GR
Times commissioned job - +mileage over 60 miles @ 25p _NI 2005 GBP 145
Times Travel section day FBS _NI 2002 GBP 110 XX
Times Crème supplement, quarter-page pic + exes _NI 2002 GBP 85 X
You (Mail on Sunday mag) day _Assoc 1996 GBP 350 -
Agence France Presse photo 1997 GBP 125 - XX
Al Jazeera English photo essay + 800 words 2013 GBP 450
AP flat rate offered, no exes 2000 GBP 100
AP rate offered with exes 2000 GBP 80
AP pic ($100) 1996 GBP 64.50 - X
APTV 1 minute footage 50% extra for online use _AP 2010 GBP 300 150
Associated Press shift _AP 2006 GBP 100 GR XXXX
The Associated Press Rate per assignment first use world-wide _AP 2000 GBP 100 GR X
BBC News Online (Africa section) two or more pix on one story infinite repeats but non-exclusive usage _BBC 2004 GBP 50 0 XX
BBC News Online (Africa section) per pic infinite but non-exclusive usage _BBC 2004 GBP 31 0 XX
BBC News Website online picture essay 2014 GBP 270
BBC Online photo-essay, 8-10 pix, from Africa use on as many stories as they feel like _BBC 2004 GBP 127 XX
BBC Panorama archive video images for docco, per minute used , TV use only for 2 transmissions, prod/exes £150 _BBC 2009 GBP 600
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash Europe _BBC 2008 GBP 80 GR
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash UK _BBC 2008 GBP 80 GR
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash Rest of World _BBC 2008 GBP 60 GR
BBC picture library charge subsequent broadcast flashes - half of fee for first flash for example for UK _BBC 2008 GBP 40 GR
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash USA _BBC 2008 GBP 80 GR
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash Worldwide _BBC 2008 GBP 250 GR
BBC picture library charge first broadcast flash Australia _BBC 2008 GBP 40 GR
BBC TV News @ 6: 6 seconds of video _BBC 2005 GBP 250
Channel 4 news (for broadcast?) day? _ITN 2000 GBP 250 X
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12a: TV stills - flash fee, colour _HMG 2013 GBP 94.93
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12c: TV stills - 10 year licence, BW _HMG 2013 GBP 176.18
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12a: TV stills - flash fee, BW _HMG 2013 GBP 60.68
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12b: TV stills - 4 year licence, BW _HMG 2013 GBP 107.65
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12b: TV stills - 4 year licence, colour _HMG 2013 GBP 166.38
City of London archive stock photo Cat. 12c: TV stills - 10 year licence, colour _HMG 2013 GBP 234.90
Guardian Networks (IT support) 1 photo, 5 inches square _GMG 2014 GBP 71 GR
Guardian Networks (IT support) 1 photo, 5 inches square _GMG 2014 GBP 71 GR
ITN online videography: short DV news package using company's own equipment to be edited and voiced by others. licensed for online use, up to 8 hour shift. _ITN 2010 GBP 100 GR XXXX
One member's going rate Video: one second of archive, per platform per second (1 minute broadcast once = £360) 2016 GBP 6 GR
One member's going rate Video: commissioned filming and editing day 2016 GBP 600 GR
One member's going rate Video: commissioned news feature report 2016 GBP 720 GR
One member's going rate Video: day shooting 2016 GBP 400
One member's going rate Video: shot & edited 2-3 minute package (a day's work) 2016 GBP 500 GR
One member's going rate Video from archive: one minute for TV & internet = 60 * £6 per second * 2 platforms (UK only) 2016 GBP 360 GR
One member's going rate Video from archive: per second per platform, world licence 2016 GBP 36 GR
One member's going rate Video: news day rate, up from £300 2016 GBP 400 GR
One member's going rate Video from archive: per second per platform, UK only 2016 GBP 6 GR
PA shift _PA 2000 GBP 75 - ?
Press Association day shift _PA 2004 GBP 75 GR XX
Reuters short video footage of G20 demo _Reuter 2009 GBP 350 XX
Reuters shift _Reuter 2006 GBP 100 GR XXXX
RTP (Portugal) "11 minutes" (videography?) news gathering 2016 GBP 500
RTVE (Spanish TV) one still, file pic unlimited use on several channels 2013 EUR 600 0 GR
Sports agency day 1998 GBP 150 -

The above are the rates for Photography / news notified by members up to 15 March 2017.

 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication/Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR¤
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O