How we work

Hintze Hall July 2016. Natural History Museum, London

NHM Images wants to make your life simple

We offer three simple cost-effective credit pack levels, lasting 90 or 365 days, and a choice of six tailored usage and licensing rights options. Credits may be redeemed against images at any time before their expiry.


Finding exactly what you need has never been more straightforward.


Credit pack choices

Choose the credit pack that suits your needs, decide whether you want to pay quarterly or yearly, then start purchasing images with your credits.

Quarterly plans with 90 day credit expiry

Bronze Silver Gold
£110 per quarter £275 per quarter £850 per quarter
20 credits 60 credits 200 credits
Images from £55 each Images from £46 each Images from £43 each

Annual plans with 365 day credit expiry

Bronze+ Silver+ Gold+
£400 per year £995 per year £2975 per year
85 credits 255 credits 850 credits
Images from £47 each Images from £39 each Images from £35 each

A credit pack is the most cost-effective way to buy an image from us. If you prefer to pay separately for each image, a pay-per-download 'buy now' option is also available at the checkout.

All prices exclude VAT.

Licence options

You will be asked to select the licence option that suits your needs at the checkout.

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5 Option 6
Online editorial content Print, ebook and online editorial publishing (internal) Print, digital and online publishing (internal and cover) Digital entertainment and editorial broadcasting Print and digital display, design, campaigns and corporate communications 3D product design
For web-based news, social media and blog content For books, newspapers, magazines and academic work For books, newspapers, magazines and academic work For television, film, games and apps For creative professionals, communications and exhibitions For product development
Royalty free Royalty free Royalty free - includes special collections* Royalty free - includes special collections* Royalty free - includes special collections* Rights simplified - includes special collections*
Excludes advertising and marketing Excludes advertising and marketing Includes project promotion Includes project promotion Unlimited advertising and marketing Includes project promotion
10 credits per image 20 credits per image 100 credits per image 150 credits per image 200 credits per image 400 credits per image

*Special collections include Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


All licence options include the supply of the image in the largest file size and resolution we have available.

Licences are non-exclusive, granted in perpetuity with worldwide language and territory rights and allow multiple uses within the option.


Royalty free licences allow unlimited production runs and include images produced by our talented teams such as creative photography, colourful microscopy and some of the finest artwork in the world.


Rights simplified licences limit production runs to 1,000 and also come from the Natural History Museum teams and special collections. Higher production runs and exclusivity may be available by negotiation. Please contact us for further information.