Getty: We will pay amateur photographers same as pros

March 17, 2009

Getty Images has finally stated that it will pay amateurs the same rates for Flickr Collection images as professional contributors receive for images sourced from elsewhere in the agency’s archive.

The news comes after months of uncertainty over whether amateurs contributing to the picture agency, via the Flickr Collection, would end up getting as much as the agency’s regular professional photographers.

Bridget Russel, Getty Images’ senior director for corporate communications told Amateur Photographer: ‘To Getty Images, the images we selected for the Flickr Collection are every bit as valuable as our creative stills. The Flickr Collection will be licensed at the same prices as our other RM (rights managed) and RF (royalty-free) collections.’

Russel added that Flickr members will receive 30% of the fee for a rights managed image, telling us this is ‘slightly higher than the average worldwide rate’.

The average price for a rights managed image is £360, said a UK spokesman yesterday.

Getty officially launched the project last week in a move that gives selected Flickr members a new way to sell their photos.


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