This article was originally published on March 13, 2013
A PetaPixel article recently detailed a new site named Who Pays Photographers?, up since March 8th, where photographers can now anonymously submit information on payment they've received for their work. Reviewing this information will hopefully give pros a more accurate idea what they can expect to receive for their shots before submitting them. In that sense, the site has the potential to become a major resource for photographers attempting to determine a realistic price for their work. It also can assist aspiring photographers in estimating earnings should they decide to devote themselves to photography as a full time career.
The website will almost certainly stir disputes between photographers and publications as shooters compare payments they have received to those reported by others. The website's explanation in its About section that "outlets play favorites and situations vary" probably will not go over that well with photographers who suddenly realize they have been paid less than their competitors. As an example, the PetaPixel article notes:
"... one user reports being offered $0 by an ESPN producer for a stock image. Although, to be fair, what seem to be ESPN’s official prices for work are outlined later by another user."
Who Pays Photographers? has a sister site named Who Pays Writers? that provides writers with similar information on payment for text submissions.