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Notes on negotiating rates for
Photography / National newspapers

These are some things to remember when negotiating rates for photography for national newspapers. And please send us your accounts of successful negotiations.

  • The rates suggested are for limited licences: each extra use of any photo licensed attracts an extra fee;
  • The suggested rates are minima from which freelances negotiate upward according to the value of the work; and
  • Tabloid papers will pay at least double the suggested rates - and much, much more for some exclusive pictures.
  • Freelances who are registered for VAT will add it to every invoice.

These rates are not recommendations: they are based on the least unreasonable going rates.

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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. The collection (database right) © National Union of Journalists. Comments to please. You may find the glossary helpful.

The National Union of Journalists must not, can not and would not wish to dictate rates or terms of engagement to members or to editors. The information presented here is for guidance and as an aid to equitable negotiation only.

Suggestions apply to contracts governed by UK law only. In any event, nothing here should be construed as legal advice.