Guardian to cut photography costs

Guardian News & Media has confirmed that it is to delete images by contributing photographers from i

The media house said it would no longer pay for repeat usage of existing images and will reduce all its stock imagery rates by 10 per cent. It will also increase its day-rate for hiring photographers from £248.75 to £262.43 and the half-day rate from £170.20 to £179.56.

Photographers, however, have refused to accept the Guardian's changes to its standard terms and conditions for commissioned pictures and stock imagery.

Photojournalist Marc Vallee, the secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that the Guardian management must realise a huge amount of high-quality content will no longer be available to them as more freelance photographers refuse to sign up to these cuts.

In a statement, Guardian News and Media said unprecedented trading conditions have forced it to make the change and these are in line with the cuts across its entire editorial department. It called the new rates more transparent and consistent.