Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included. See notes on negotiating rates and *find a freelance

Commission rates vary from £300 to over £500. The higher price includes non-exclusive world rights for one title. For the right for subsequent re-use in a new edition, charge 50-75% extra.

The more territories a book will be marketed in, the higher the fee. Our categories A-E for stock pictures give examples of common territorial licences.

Note that these rates do not include production charges!

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RATES: Commissions
Day rate GBP 300.00
With non-exclusive world rights for one title GBP 500.00
With right to re-use in a subsequent edition GBP 750.00


  • Rates quoted are for use in one title only. For use in a different title, add at least 50 per cent to the rate if the day's shoot is to be used again.
  • If individual pictures are to be re-used, appropriate stock picture rates for these uses will at least provide a guide in negotiations if the client wants an all-in price .
RATES: Stock pictures
Books category: A: UK only
Wrap GBP 480.00
Cover GBP 260.00
Back GBP 200.00
Double-page GBP 200.00
Full page GBP 130.00
3/4 page GBP 105.00
1/2 page GBP 80.00
1/4 page GBP 65.00
1/8 page GBP 60.00
RATES: Stock pictures
Books category: B: UK and Commonwealth bar Canada
Wrap GBP 490.00
Cover GBP 280.00
Double-page GBP 240.00
Back GBP 220.00
Full page GBP 140.00
3/4 page GBP 110.00
1/2 page GBP 95.00
1/4 page GBP 75.00
1/8 page GBP 70.00
RATES: Stock pictures
Books category: C: one language world rights bar USA
Wrap GBP 530.00
Cover GBP 320.00
Back GBP 270.00
Double-page GBP 260.00
Full page GBP 160.00
3/4 page GBP 120.00
1/2 page GBP 105.00
1/4 page GBP 85.00
1/8 page GBP 80.00
RATES: Stock pictures
Books category: D: all Europe, or USA, etc
Wrap GBP 550.00
Cover GBP 390.00
Double-page GBP 350.00
Back GBP 300.00
Full page GBP 210.00
3/4 page GBP 160.00
1/2 page GBP 130.00
1/4 page GBP 110.00
1/8 page GBP 100.00
RATES: Stock pictures
Books category: E: world rights all languages
Wrap GBP 580.00
Cover GBP 440.00
Double-page GBP 350.00
Back GBP 340.00
Full page GBP 230.00
3/4 page GBP 180.00
1/2 page GBP 160.00
1/4 page GBP 130.00
1/8 page GBP 120.00


  • The size of the print-run is also important in negotiating a fee for stock pictures. Rates quoted are an industry average for print runs of 50,000 or fewer.
  • Changes in printing technology are making small and frequent print-runs or editions more common. It is important to specify that a licence covers one edition and that a new licence is required for subsequent runs or editions.
  • At least one photographer offers a discount of 10% on these rates for runs below 5000 copies.
  • Add 10% for print runs up to 100,000; at least 20% for print runs up to 250,000.
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