Here is a broad overview of some of the results
from the Asia Photography Rates Survey.


As expected, rates vary from country to country and according to level of experience and network.

In all cases, photographers kept copyright with some embargo periods of approximately 2 weeks to 6 months depending on copyright agreements. There were a few joint copyright agreements with opt-out negotiations available for those working with organizations syndicating content.

Travel and expenses were covered or not, pending assignment.

Almost all photographers in the survey indicated a favorable preference to working with international publications. Some choose strictly to not to work with local publications in their countries.

Payment of invoices vary from from an average 2 weeks to 3 months.

While this first survey is by no means exhaustive, we hope this overview will provide some insights as a starting guide for photographers working in Asia.

We welcome additional contributions via our comments below.

RATES GUIDE ($USD)


Bangladesh

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $300–500 | Day Rate: $100 | Per Image Rate: $50

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $300 | Day Rate: $50 | Per Image Rate: $30

China

International Publication: Newspapers
Day Rate: US$250 – 350

International Publication: Magazines
Day Rate: US$500 – 800

Hong Kong

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $400 | Day Rate: $250–400 | Per Image Rate: $15–30

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $2,500

India/Pakistan

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $500–1000 | Day Rate: $100–400 | Per Image Rate: $15–30

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $200 | Day Rate: $50 | Per Image Rate: $20–30

Indonesia

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $300–500 | Day Rate: $300–500 | Per Image Rate: $100–150

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $100 | Day Rate: $150 | Per Image Rate: $20–30

Malaysia

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $300–500 | Day Rate: $300–500 | Per Image Rate: $100–150

Philippines

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $190-800 | Day Rate: $300–500 | Per Image Rate: $50–80

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $50-400 | Day Rate: $100–300 | Per Image Rate: $30–50

Singapore

International Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $1,000–5,000 | Day Rate: $250–500 | Per Image Rate: $20–500

Local Publication
Assignment/Feature Rate: $200–300 | Day Rate: $200–500 | Per Image Rate: $30–60

Vietnam

International Publication
Day Rate: $250–300

Local Publication
Day Rate: $200


 


One Response to Overview of Editorial Photography Rates in Asia

  1. Ehrin says:

    I have worked in Vietnam for almost 8 years now.

    Your posted rates are pretty low to what I get for editorial assignments.

    International rates for full day editorial for magazines are 350 EURO, 300 Pounds, $400 USD

    1/2 day rate is 75% of full day.

    Local editorial magazine rates are usually $50 – $100 a day.

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