I received a reply very promptly and it is pretty clear that we can not submit any photos taken on NT property without a commercial licence. Sorry if that is inconvenient, but I for one will be double careful of where I take my shots from in future. I will stick to public roads where possible!
Many thanks for your email.
Yes that’s correct – we do not permit any images taken on National Trust land to be submitted to online photo libraries, agencies, on-line providers or directly to image buyers.
Please read through a brief description of our Photo Policy below, and let me know if you have any questions:
Access to take photographs or make films for anything other than ‘personal use’ requires a licence and there may be a licence fee to pay.
Our definition of ‘personal use’ includes sharing the images with friends and family and using the images for your own private study. What it does not include is selling or distributing the images in any way for publication (electronically or print).
Commercial photography and filming on National Trust land:
If you plan to take commercial photography on National Trust land you must first gain permission from our Filming & Locations team.
Commercial photography is any photography that will be used in a product for sale or distribution for direct financial gain or marketing/ promotional purposes.
Commercial filming is any filming that will be used for direct financial gain or marketing/ promotional purposes.
Prior consent is required for both commercial photography and filming on National Trust land. Contact: email@example.com
Please also take a look at our filming locations website.
Requests managed at property level:
Wedding, engagement and portrait photography
Requests to undertake the above are managed directly by property staff. Please contact the National Trust property directly for further information. You will need to complete a booking form and contract, and there may be a fee to pay.
The National Trust Media Pass does not entitle journalists to take photographs for publication. All requests from newspapers and press agencies must be addressed to the Images Team.
Eligible professional photographers can now acquire an annual license from National Trust Images to take photographs out of doors on pay-on-entry National Trust land for editorial use only. For further information about the scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional photographers must gain consent prior to taking commercial photography on National Trust land. Please note, images taken at National Trust properties must not be submitted to photo libraries, agencies, on-line providers or directly to image buyers.
Please contact email@example.com to gain prior consent for your photo shoot.
Visitors are permitted to take photographs at National Trust properties for their own personal use only. Amateur photography and filming of historic interiors, without flash, is permitted at the property’s discretion. Please speak to a member of staff at the property to find out what their policy is.
What about social media?
Visitors are entitled to post their photographs of National Trust places on their personal social media accounts as it falls within our definition of ‘personal use’. However, this does not include business accounts. If a user’s social media account is commercial they will need permission to use photographs of National Trust places from National Trust Images.