HOW WE GET YOU THE BEST FEE FOR YOUR PHOTO

SWNS is the largest, most trusted, and most established press agency in the UK.  For over 50 years we’ve been taking your photos, videos and stories to the press.

There are two ways that we guarantee to get you the highest fee for your images. The method we use will depend on the nature of your photo:

  1. If it’s particularly sensational, in the first instance we’ll sell your photo to the highest bidder as an exclusive via our daily content auction.
  2. For all other contributor photos we’ll send it out to every publication in the UK using our Newswire service. This means anyone who wants to use your images can, and we’ll collect the money on your behalf.

Read more about how we guarantee you the most money for your story below…

AUCTION YOUR PHOTO TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

Each day we auction people’s photos, videos and stories to the highest bidding publication, which absolutely guarantees you’re getting the highest fee possible. The winning bidder will buy the exclusive rights to your content, so they are the only publication that can use it (until it has been printed and we can re-sell it for you).

After you’ve sent us your image (you retain copyright and nothing will be used without your prior permission), we will get back to you to let you know what to expect.  If you’re happy to proceed, we will place your story on the auction list.

All publications bid against each other for the exclusive rights to your picture. Please note that they pay for exclusivity, so you will get paid if your content is truly is exclusive and hasn’t been published elsewhere (so it’s a good idea not to send it anywhere else).

SELL A PHOTO TO ALL NEWS OUTLETS

If your image relates to a breaking news story that needs to be printed as quickly as possible, we will send it out via our ‘Newswire’ service. This means that your photo is sent out via an automated system to every magazine and newspaper in the country. Magazines and newspapers will pay for what they use (i.e. the column inches that your picture takes up).

We are happy to answer any questions you might have or provide any advice about the process if you’re still not sure.

SELL A PHOTO TO THE PRESS

Lots of people are often nervous about dealing with the press, but not all of us are the monsters that have been portrayed in the press recently. Our team are friendly and professional, and you will be in total control of your story.

You’ll be able to see how much you have made in real time and keep track of who has used your content and the set industry rates they are paying for it. Once payment has been collected it will be deposited into your bank account.

We rely on hundreds of regular contributors, referrals and people coming back to us time after time, so we always make sure that you’re happy, which is why SWNS has the best reputation in the industry.

We would be more than happy to have a chat and answer any questions or concerns that you might have.

See the How Much is my Photo Worth page, or if you would like more general information, please visit see the about SWNS page.  Or if you would like to see our Terms & Conditions, click here.