Are you London based Photographer?

We are looking for a limited number up to 80+ news photographers that live in one of 33 boroughs of London. We are looking for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 photographers in each borough. There’s lot of work to be done. We understand that the competition is fierce, but you also might be lucky that there's only one living photographer in your borough, and perhaps that's you.
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We are looking for approximately 80 energetic and ambitious photographers who share our passion for news photography across greater London. We are looking for daily photographic content from you about important events and news within your borough/area.  To be considered for the application it is imperative that you own a DSLR Camera, a computer (pc/desktop) and have the required skill and experience to submit publishable newsworthy photographs.

We’d like to learn a bit about your experience as a photographer first. Please make sure you continue to read further below and make sure that you click and read every single “next” tab content that is produced for you until you reach the “Apply” tab.

Make sure you read about the duties and responsibilities, about the Code of Ethics and the most but not least important get to know about what are you signing up for.

If you feel that you’re the person we are looking for, please prepare your portfolio of:

  • 5 to max 10 pictures on what can be identified as News;
  • 5 to a max 10 of portrait headshots you may have produced;
  • 5 to max 10 pictures of an event you may have covered;
  • 500 to 1000 characters of a letter of motivation;

A plan what you’d like to shoot in your borough, for example, There’s a council meeting every Tuesday of the week, or you will contact council members of your borough and produce their headshot and news portraits, or there’s a football match of young or adult males or females or a local charity that provides food or education for those who are marginalised and disadvantaged etc..

Once you’ve completed that, make sure you Apply Today and someone will contact you if we would like to review your work.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. We would like to politely remind you that we will not feel obliged to respond to your application if you failed to complete the process as required on Apply Today the form.

As an editorial photo agency based in London, we are expanding locally, regionally, nationally and globally. We are owned by an active shooter, former war correspondent and investigative journalist, Vudi Xhymshiti. Because VXP’s owner’s background is photography, our relationship with photographers remain at the top of our priorities.

We are offering the best rate (70/30%) in the industry for assignments and submissions. With proactive marketing of our shooters’ work and growing sales/market penetration through our local, regional, national and global network of communication, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better agency to start to work with. Besides, we don’t want you to remain a stringer, we very much hope that you will eventually become one of our staffers.

We remain committed to encouraging teams to come together and feel empowered to make decisions and experiment. 

As individuals, will grow professionally in better producing a reasonable news picture, together we will thrive to become best at the visual storytelling industry.


We are looking for people who reside on the following London boroughs: The city of London, City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington, Camden, Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Enfield, Barnet, Harrow, Hillingdon

Working as VX Pictures Stringer (STR) news or press photographer, you will find yourself shooting a number of areas, including:

  • a) news current events/affairs.
  • b) entertainment.
  • c) corporate.
  • d) lifestyle.
  • e) sports.

REQUIREMENTS

A combination of intuition, creativity, technical skills and confidence.
You’ll need to:
  • be at least 18 years at the time of your application to join VXPictures.
  • Be able to work closely with other people concerned with the story, such as journalists and picture editors, and agree on the photographic requirements for a story.
  • Be capable of handling admin arrangements such as timing, press cards, transport and access to restricted areas, venues and events.
  • Able to photograph events or personalities, and note details for photographic captions.
  • Possess the ability to add relevant keywords to image files for picture libraries so that the images can be recognised in search engines.
  • Have the skills to ensure all pictures are appropriate, processed, catalogued and ready in time to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to prepare and send digital photographs to our editorial desk via FTP (if it is established so) or WeTransfer or other easy-to transfer platforms for the VX Pictures within the deadline agreed.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about current news stories and any specialist areas.
  • Source freelance photographers for a job or existing photographs if you are running out of time to meet a deadline.
  • Arrange the lighting and other requirements for VXP studio shoots if you need to use it.
  • Check the weather forecast and light values of places beforehand.
  • Maintain photographic and electronic communications equipment.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to any events you’re supposed to cover.
  • Own your photographic equipment i.e: DSLR camera with a wide lens and the zoom lens of up to 200mm.
  • You must own a computer i.e: either a desktop or a laptop that you can carry with you.
  • You must own a mobile phone device as in some cases you may need to take a spontaneous live action shot and wire the pictures immediately to us.
  • You must be able to use Adobe Lightroom, which is our preferred software for editing, postproduction and metadata filling of the images.

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Let’s get you to the next tab Our Ethics and code of conduct. Please relax and read this one and make sure you take notes if you need any explanation, let us know when you apply.

Our professional code of conduct is a practice of the Editor’s code of practice in line with the US-based Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

The Code

All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. The Code, which includes this preamble and the public interest exceptions below, sets the benchmark for those ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public’s right to know. It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment.

It is essential that an agreed code be honoured not only to the letter but in the full spirit. It should not be interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual, nor so broadly that it constitutes an unnecessary interference with freedom of expression or prevents publication in the public interest.

It is the responsibility of editors and publishers to apply the Code to editorial material in both printed and online versions of publications. They should take care to ensure it is observed rigorously by all editorial staff and external contributors, including non-journalists, in printed and online versions of publications.

Editors should co-operate swiftly with the Independent Press Standards Organisation CIC (the ‘Regulator’) in the resolution of complaints. Any publication judged to have breached the Code must publish the adjudication in full and with due prominence agreed by the Regulator, including headline reference to the Regulator.

Clause 1 Accuracy

  • i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
  • ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published. In cases involving the Regulator, prominence should be agreed with the Regulator in advance.
  • iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
  • iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

Clause 2 Opportunity to reply

A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when reasonably called for.

*Clause 3 Privacy

  • i) Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.
  • ii) Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual’s private life without consent. The account will be taken of the complainant’s own public disclosures of information.
  • iii) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent. Note – Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

*Clause 4 Harassment

  • i) Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit.
  • ii) They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on their property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent.
  • iii) Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take care not to use non-compliant material from other sources.

Clause 5 Intrusion into grief or shock

  • i) In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.
  • ii) When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used.

*Clause 6 Children

  • i) Young people should be free to complete their time at school without unnecessary intrusion.
  • ii) A child under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child’s welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents.
  • iii) Pupils must not be approached or photographed at school without the permission of the school authorities.
  • iv) Minors must not be paid for material involving children’s welfare, nor parents or guardians for material about their children or wards unless it is clearly in the child’s interest.
  • v) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as the sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.

*Clause 7 Children in sex cases

  1. The press must not, even if legally free to do so, identify children under 16 who are victims or witnesses in cases involving sex offences.
  2. In any press report of a case involving a sexual offence against a child –
    • i) The child must not be identified.
    • ii) The adult may be identified.
    • iii) The word “incest” must not be used where a child victim might be identified.
    • iv) Care must be taken that nothing in the report implies the relationship between the accused and the child.

*Clause 8 Hospitals

  • i) Journalists must identify themselves and obtain permission from a responsible executive before entering non-public areas of hospitals or similar institutions to pursue enquiries.
  • ii) The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to enquiries about individuals in hospitals or similar institutions.

*Clause 9 Reporting of crime

  • (i) Relatives or friends of persons convicted or accused of a crime should not generally be identified without their consent unless they are genuinely relevant to the story.
  • (ii) Particular regard should be paid to the potentially vulnerable position of children who witness or are victims of, crime. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings.

*Clause 10 Clandestine devices and subterfuge

  • i) The press must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired by using hidden cameras or clandestine listening devices; or by intercepting private or mobile telephone calls, messages or emails; or by the unauthorised removal of documents or photographs; or by accessing digitally-held private information without consent.
  • ii) Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means.

Clause 11 Victims of sexual assault

The press must not identify victims of sexual assault or publish material likely to contribute to such identification unless there is adequate justification and they are legally free to do so.

Clause 12 Discrimination

  • i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.
  • ii) Details of an individual’s race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness or disability must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story.

Clause 13 Financial journalism

  • i) Even where the law does not prohibit it, journalists must not use for their own profit financial information they receive in advance of its general publication, nor should they pass such information to others.
  • ii) They must not write about shares or securities in whose performance they know that they or their close families have a significant financial interest without disclosing the interest to the editor or financial editor.
  • iii) They must not buy or sell, either directly or through nominees or agents, shares or securities about which they have written recently or about which they intend to write in the near future.

Clause 14 Confidential sources

Journalists have a moral obligation to protect confidential sources of information.

Clause 15 Witness payments in criminal trials

  • i) No payment or offer of payment to a witness – or any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness – should be made in any case once proceedings are active as defined by the Contempt of Court Act 1981. This prohibition lasts until the suspect has been freed unconditionally by police without charge or bail or the proceedings are otherwise discontinued; or has entered a guilty plea to the court; or, in the event of a not guilty plea, the court has announced its verdict.
  • *ii) Where proceedings are not yet active but are likely and foreseeable, editors must not make or offer payment to any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness, unless the information concerned ought demonstrably to be published in the public interest and there is an over-riding need to make or promise payment for this to be done, and all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure no financial dealings influence the evidence those witnesses give. In no circumstances should such payment be conditional on the outcome of a trial.
  • *iii) Any payment or offer of payment made to a person later cited to give evidence in proceedings must be disclosed to the prosecution and defence. The witness must be advised of this requirement.

*Clause 16 Payment to criminals

  • i) Payment or offers of payment for stories, pictures or information, which seek to exploit a particular crime or to glorify or glamorise crime in general, must not be made directly or via agents to convicted or confessed criminals or to their associates – who may include family, friends and colleagues.
  • ii) Editors invoking the public interest to justify payment or offers would need to demonstrate that there was good reason to believe the public interest would be served. If despite payment, no public interest emerged, then the material should not be published.

The public interest

There may be exceptions to the clauses marked * where they can be demonstrated to be in the public interest.

1. The public interest includes, but is not confined to:

  • i) Detecting or exposing crime or serious impropriety.
  • ii) Protecting public health and safety.
  • iii) Preventing the public from being misled by an action or statement of an individual or organisation.

2. There is a public interest in freedom of expression itself.

3. Whenever the public interest is invoked, the Regulator will require editors to demonstrate fully that they reasonably believed that publication, or journalistic activity undertaken with a view to publication, would be in the public interest and how, and with whom, that was established at the time.

4. The Regulator will consider the extent to which material is already in the public domain, or will become so.

5. In cases involving children under 16, editors must demonstrate an exceptional public interest to over-ride the normally paramount interest of the child.

Click here to download an A4 version of the Code.

Great! Hey! You are here and almost there. We assume you’re a little tired, but it is a good kind of tiring. It is also exciting. Get yourself a glass of water, have a little walk, take a deep breath and come back. Let’s get this through together.

  • You are signing up to submit Images and have them sold by VX Pictures Ltd and its International Partners in the United Kingdom, Europe, Americas, Caucasus, Asia and the Middle East.
  • You are responsible for the content you upload, and you must be the copyright holder or have their permission or be contractually entitled to distribute the Image for its proposed use or the Image is copyright free.

Now, let’s talk about the value of this commitment, which we recognise that it is priceless, but we will compensate as much as little as we can in your national currency £.

If your pictures are sold locally or nationally
  • a) We will pay you from £20 per picture, for up to three pictures if they’re used in the UK’s local or national print, web or broadcast media;
  • b) We will pay you up to £120 for a set of more than three and up to 10 pictures if they’re used in the UK’s local or national print, web or broadcast media;
  • We will pay you from £20 per picture up to £120 per set as described above in paragraphs a) and b) of a direct sale made by VX Pictures for images exclusive to VX Pictures only.
If your pictures are sold internationally
  • We will pay you 70% of a direct sale made by VX Pictures for images Exclusive to VX Pictures.
  • We will pay you 67% of a direct sale made by VX Pictures’ global partners for images Exclusive to VX Pictures.
  • We will pay you 55% of a direct sale made by VX Pictures for images not Exclusive to VX Pictures.
  • We will pay you 50% of a direct sale made by VX Pictures Partners for images not Exclusive to VX Pictures.
  • You can quit with just 45 days’ notice.
  • We report sales to you as soon as we know about them.
  • We will pay you every month once the monies earned from your shots that we have sold exceeds GBP £50.
  • We will pay you every week when you become our staff photographer.
  • You will caption and keyword (tag) your Images only with our guideline format provided upon approval to work with you.
  • The information you supply must be correct, particularly when talking about model or property releases.
  • Prices on the local, regional, national and international market are to be determined by VX Pictures.
  • VX Picture’s customers cannot use photos for pornographic, defamatory, or any other unlawful purposes.
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