Picture Stock maintains a worldwide database of photographers who are available to cover photo assignments. Our clients, many of whom are magazine and newspaper editors, contact us on a daily basis looking for available photographers to cover upcoming events or breaking news from around the world.
Some of the assignments may include an upcoming concert, sporting event, parade or festival, press conference, a celebrity in town, election coverage or politics, a funeral, a picture of a person someone is doing a story on or breaking news just to name a few.
Newspapers and magazines find it much more cost effective to assign a photographer living in the city or town in which the event or assignment is taking place, rather than to send a staff photographer across the country to shoot the same assignment. The airfare, hotel accommodations, food, car rental and other expenses can quickly add up. Therefore, it is faster and more efficient for a client to contact an agency like Picture Stock and request a photographer to cover an event at a moment's notice, especially when a big news event occurs. Some assignments could be for future dates, while most are to be shot within a day or two.
Picture Stock would like to have a few photographers available in every city or town in North America, as well as, in most major cities and states around the world.
Once you submit your stock photos to our agency for worldwide sales, our photo editors will have a better understanding of your abilities, quality and style of your work. You will then be given photo assignments we feel will be in your jurisdiction.
We pay our registered freelance photographers between $250.00 - $750.00 US per photo assignment, depending on several factors such as the duration of time involved to shoot the assignment, the complexity of the job, distance traveled and the equipment used. Picture Stock will also pay for any out of pocket expenses including accommodations, film, batteries, equipment rentals, mileage, parking, postage and meals.
If you have a digital camera and can transmit digital images via your computer directly to a newsroom, then you will be able to earn a premium over and beyond what we normally pay our freelance photographers. Please note that this is not a requirement.
All images will remain the property of Picture Stock unless other arrangements are made at the time the assignment is handed out by the photo assignment editor. We will always let you know.
A photo credit will always be issued to you along with a tear sheet of your work once it has been published, or we will let you know which magazine/newspaper and cover date your photo(s) will appear in so that you can purchase a copy in your hometown.
Our clients are always looking for high-end photography and require professional work for all assignments. If you are interested and feel that you have what it takes to cover our photo assignments, then fill out an 'Assignment Application Form' by clicking on the button below.
If you qualify,
we will send you a letter of confirmation and register you in our worldwide database of available freelance photographers.
A one time fee of $25 US is due with your application to process and register you with several clients who require freelance photographers for various assignments. The fee is fully refundable when you shoot your first photo assignment for us. If you do not qualify for whatever reason, we will return your application and registration fee in full.
Photo assignments are given out as we receive them from our clients. Consideration will be given to those photographers who either registered first or who have submitted excellent stock photography to be sold through our network of affiliated agencies worldwide.
How to register with our Photo Assignment Desk:
You must first download two forms from our web site in PDF:
Photo Assignment Application Form
Image Submission & Order Form
Note: You must order a Picture Stock Press Pass when signing up with our Photo Assignment desk at the same time.
Fill out the two (2) forms off line and submit them along with a current passport size photo of yourself either in black and white or color. We only require one picture. Do not send pictures larger than a passport size photograph which is about 2" x 1-1/2" in size. Do not e-mail us your picture for your press pass. We will laminate your picture on your press pass card. A plastic pouch with a neck strap will be included to protect your new press pass and you will be able to use it the same day you receive it. You will now be an official photographer for the working press.
The cost to process your Photo Assignment Application and the Picture Stock Worldwide Press Pass is $75 US (shipping included anywhere worldwide). The Picture Stock Press Pass will be valid for three (3) years.
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