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Photography / Regional newspapers

Some of the larger regional dailies offer rates that almost make it economic to do good work for them. Others are closer to the local weeklies, many of which offer ridiculously small payments. The following rates are in no way recommendations; the NUJ cannot recommend that a photographer work for less than £250 a day.

Note that these rates do not include production charges!

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Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included.
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RATES: Commissions
Regional newspapers category: Regional daily newspapers
Day rate GBP 132.00
RATES: Commissions
Regional newspapers category: Weekly/local newspapers
Day rate GBP 110.00


  • Some regional and provincial newspapers pay such low rates that the NUJ cannot actually recommend that such work is undertaken, unless the photographer can compensate by using the pictures as stock, or needs to make a name for him/herself.
RATES: Stock pictures
Regional newspapers category: Regional daily newspapers
50-70 sq ins or 1/2 page GBP 110.00
30-50 sq ins or 1/4 page GBP 88.00
15-30 sq ins or 1/8 page GBP 66.00
RATES: Stock pictures
Regional newspapers category: Weekly/local newspapers


  • We have no sound current information on which to base rates for stock pictures supplied to weekly/local papers. Please report any.
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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.