Picture Researcher

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Picture researchers find suitable photographs or illustrations for use in a wide range of media such as books, magazines, websites and television. Their employers include media or advertising companies, picture agencies or libraries, and museums or art galleries.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for picture researchers are between £18,000 and £25,000 per year.

With experience, this could rise to around £30,000 per year. Picture editors can earn around £35,000 a year.

Freelance rates are usually per day, and vary according to the area you are working in. For example, recommended rates for books can be £160; broadcasting up to £200; glossy magazines up to £180; and national newspapers up to £180. (London Freelance Guide website, January 2020).


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

BAPLA lists job vacancies on their website as well as individual employers such as picture libraries or art galleries.


Courtesy of Penguin Books


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Publishing Training Centre
Tel: 020 8874 2718
Twitter: @PTCBookHouse

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