Buying online images
To buy an image visible on the website, simply add it to your basket by clicking the "Buy" button beneath the image. Personal-use purchases are £8.25 (+VAT) per online image, supplied at 300 dpi resolution.
Once you are satisfied with the images in your basket, please complete sections 2 and 3 of the order form and click the "Order Now" button. We will then email you a Licence Agreement with full details of your order including the price. When you have accepted our licence terms and completed your payment you will be able to access and download your purchased images.
To buy a website image at resolutions higher than 300 dpi, please use the Image Order Form.
Buying images not yet online
We hold over 26 million aerial photographs, most of which have not been digitised and uploaded to the website. If you wish to purchase one of these, and you have the image reference number, please use our Image Order Form and we will digitise the image for you. Prices for personal use are published below.
Price List - image with licence for personal use
|PRODUCT DESCRIPTION||STANDARD PRICES|
|Digital image on website - 300 dpi||£8.25|
|Digital image (black & white) - 600 dpi||£40|
|Digital image (black & white) - 1200 dpi||£50|
|Digital image (black & white) - 1600 dpi||£60|
|Digital image (colour and photogrammetric) - from 1200 dpi, including retrieval fee||£90|
|UK Aerial Image Pack - includes archive search, one image and letter of authenticity||£150|
|Remote storage record retrieval fee (per tin/box)||£3.50|
|Paid Search fee / Handling Fee (per 15 minutes)||£15|
|Research-quality copy - 72dpi - first frame from sortie||£3.50|
|Research-quality copy - 72dpi - subsequent frames from sortie||£0.50|
|Research-quality copy - 72dpi - handling fee per 15 minutes (waived for subscribers)||£15|
|Letter of Authenticity (per film/sortie)||£30|
|Sortie Plot / Print Lay-down||£30|
All prices are valid from 6 March 2017 and exclude a record retrieval fee and VAT. All digital imagery supplied contains an invisible watermark, unique to each customer and traceable to them.
Orders of up to 20 items take 15 working days, once the order is confirmed and payment is made. Our express service delivers in 5 working days at double the prices above. The UK Aerial Image Pack is delivered in 10 working days. We will confirm your order by email, tell you the exact price and give you the opportunity to continue or cancel.
We supply digital images in TIFF format at various resolutions. To help you decide which resolution is best for your needs, please download our Resolution Examples. Please note that oversize images (e.g. GX Mosaics) are only available at 300 dpi, for technical and conservation reasons.
Pixel and file sizes will vary depending on the physical size and format of the original image but guideline dimensions for a 229mm x 229mm panchromatic original are:
- 300 dpi (2800 pixels wide) 8Mb
- 600 dpi (5600 pixels wide) 32Mb
- 1200 dpi (11200 pixels wide) 132Mb
Price-List - licence for re-use of images
|Publication||1/4 Page||1/2 Page||Full Page||Double Page||Front Cover|
|Non-commercial leaflet, booklet, journal||£5.00||£5.00||£5.00||£10.00||£15.00|
|Commercial journal, brochure, leaflet, booklet||£25.00||£35.00||£50.00||£75.00||£100.00|
|Books (print and e-book) - one country, one language||£25.00||£35.00||£50.00||£75.00||£100.00|
|Books (print and e-book) - world, one language||£50.00||£75.00||£100.00||£150.00||£200.00|
|Books (print and e-book) - world, multiple languages||£75.00||£100.00||£150.00||£200.00||£300.00|
|Report - low circulation||£15.00||£15.00||£15.00||£15.00||£15.00|
|Television - all with 7-day online archive, repeats charged at 50%||Price|
|Per flash (single use within one production)||£60.00|
|5 years unlimited broadcast||£190.00|
|10 years unlimited broadcast||£390.00|
|Website and Apps||Price|
|Non-commercial, 450px @ 72dpi, 1 year||£10.00|
|Commercial, 450px @ 72dpi, 1 year||£50.00|
|Non-commercial, temporary and free||£0.00|
|Non-commercial, permanent and free||£15.00|
|Commercial, with entry fee (1 year)||£25.00|
|Presentation in legal proceedings||£15.00|
All prices are valid from 6 March 2017 and exclude VAT and the cost of the image.
Every year we digitise thousands of aerial images for our customers and website.
We offer two levels of paid-for subscriptions.
Zoomable Images and Finding Aids allows you to zoom and pan an ever-growing number of Finding Aids as well as the aerial images. Finding aids are maps showing the geographic area covered by each photograph within a sortie or mission. Use them to identify and order copies of photographs that have not yet been digitised.
UK Aerial Image Pack
Choose our UK Aerial Image Pack for your one-step aerial image solution. Let our expert staff select and digitise an image matching your requirements.
Simply tell us the UK location and date you are looking for, and we will identify and supply a high-resolution digital image, with a Letter of Authenticity, within 10 working days.
Order a UK Aerial Image Pack
- Image Search
- High-resolution 1200 dpi digital aerial image
- Retrieval of film from remote store
- Letter of Authenticity
- 10-working day delivery
- Licence for unrestricted personal use
Letter of Authenticity
Prove the date a photograph was taken with a Letter of Authenticity.
Add this to your image order and our aerial photographic experts will gather key information to provide you with factual and unbiased evidence about your image. This can include:
- the precise date and time a photograph was captured
- the altitude of the aircraft
- the focal length of the camera lens
- the unit or company which took the photograph
- the method and resolution of digitisation