Licensing & Prices
All images on this website are copyright protected and all rights are reserved worldwide. Use of image is subject to issuance and payment for a licensing agreement. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully, as use of our images constitutes a legal and binding agreement between you and Franco Banfi Photography.

Please consider the national and international copyright regulations! These apply naturally also to the Internet. Offences against the copyright can cause expensive consequences. Please save yourself and us any complaints, by ordering the images duly over our organization.

The Content of this site is made available for purposes of researching selected images taken by professional wildlife photographer Franco Banfi. The images are offered for license by Franco Banfi Photography (
Search our database for pictures of fresh and salted waters’ flora and fauna or travel images. Our photos (photographs, images, pics, pix, fotos) enhance media the world over with themes as varied as nature, digital photography, news, underwater, travels and more.

Our electronic transmissions, supplies, offers and assignment of rights to use take place exclusively not-binding on the following conditions. They apply also to future conclusions of contracts, even if expressly to them one refers not again. Deviating conditions and special arrangements must be agreed upon in writing. Complaints, which refer to contents of the electronic transmission and/or the transmissions, can be only recognized, if they are made written immediately after receipt.

Prices & usage rights
We have cut our overheads where possible, in order to give you the best possible prices, but we have not compromised in the process of making the pictures and are continuing to produce images in an environment of ever-rising costs.

Obtaining a price estimate is easy. Simply search for the image you want and click the “price query” icon below the image. Proceed to the price query form and you will be asked few short questions about your intended usage. We will then reply with the appropriate price.

We do not have a minimum fee per image, but we do have a minimum "project fee" which we are happy to discuss with you. Your project may use one or more than one of our images. We extend discounted prices for projects that use several of our images.

At present, we offer only licensed pictures. The rights to use a picture are bought exactly for a certain purpose and the price depends on:
i. What type of project is it: editorial, advertising, commercial, internet/electronic?
ii. Does your project require exclusivity, perhaps within your industry?
iii. At what size will the image be used, e.g., 1/4 page, full page, half screen, spot, cover, etc.?
iv. Total circulation: how many copies will be produced. Do you require reprint rights?
v. Duration: amount of time you plan to use the image(s)
vi. Start date/End date
vii. In what countries will the product be distributed, i.e., do you need domestic or international rights?
viii. In what languages will the product be distributed?

Unless specifically extended on our invoice, usage rights are limited to one time non-exclusive print rights in one language/one country.
Each further use is again royalty requiring and requires our previous written agreement.

The rights to use some images may be bought exclusively, which prevents your competitors from using the same images. Licenses are granted for a specific use and for a specific period of time.

We do not "sell" the image itself. All pictures, no matter if delivered as slide or file, remain always property of Franco Banfi Photography. It is made available exclusively in the sense of copyright temporarily to the agreed upon use.

All royalty data in offers, price lists and other documents understand themselves always net without VAT.

We require an author note (photo: F.Banfi), in a way that no doubt about the allocation to the respective picture can exist. The user has to exempt anybody from requirements third resulting from the omission of the author notes.
If the author note is missing, then a requirement of an additional charge of 100 % can be made valid.

From each publication Franco Banfi Photography has to get at least two complete complimentary copies without being asked and free of charge. By electronic use of the pictures in online media you have to send a digital screenshot to Franco Banfi Photography.

Any use of contents outside of the area of application of the available contract is strictly prohibited. In this case the licence stops immediately. In the case of completion the product must be returned to Franco Banfi Photography immediately.

Sale of rights for print use does not confer any rights for electronic usage. No usage is granted for Internet, CD-ROM, or other electronic or digital use or new media subsequently developed unless specifically authorized on our invoice.

A distortion in copyright matters protected work by drawing, photographing, photocomposing or with computer technique is not permitted. Exceptions require a separate agreement. With offences Franco Banfi Photography is entitled to charge the fivefold of the normal royalty.

Duplicating, production of internegatives, reproductions enlargements and electronic storage of pictures for archives purposes of the customer as well as passing on to third are not permitted. Special cases require our written permission. The customer has to inform us without request, if he does something like this.

We cannot take over demands for recompensation, which should result from the use of our pictures. The responsible person of the respective printing element or other medium carries the complete responsibility in each case.

The passing on of the pictures or of reproduction rights to third requires a separate contract with Franco Banfi Photography.

If original slides are ordered, the customer has to be responsible for them, also if he wants us to send them to third. The risk of sending them back completely intact has also the customer.

With downloads and other work with the online service of Franco Banfi Photography is the full risk with the user. For possible damage to soft or hardware of the user, Franco Banfi Photography is in no case compensation requiring.

Trading conditions
With the order and use of pictures of Franco Banfi Photography you accept our general trading conditions. Particularly:
(a) express written permission on our invoice and/or contract, stating the rights granted and the terms.
(b) payment of said invoice.
The reasonable and stipulated fee for any other usage shall be three times our normal fee for such usage.

Payment terms
The invoices are always payable in one piece, within 30 (thirty) days. If the invoice is not paid punctually, a service charge of one and one half (1,5%) percent per month (18% per year) is applied on the balance until paid in full.
Receipt of an invoice outlining fees and subsequent rights does not constitute copyright clearance nor permit use or distribution of an image. Licensing rights are conveyed only upon Franco Banfi Photography’s receipt of payment in full of the amount invoiced.
All payments must be made by the manner stated in the invoice.

After usage

After the concerted use of our pictures, you have to delete all of our pic-files completely from your hardware and destroy or return the data medium we sent. Transferred, but however not used or cancelled pictures have to be destroyed immediately.
Slides always have to be sent back after use.

Picture-files and slides, at which the ordered acquired as agreed a right to use by payment of a royalty, without using them, are within three months counted from the date of the payment of the royalty to delete from the electronic memory systems and/or send back.

Maturity of royalties
With the receipt of files and/or slides, the royalties becomes due!
If a same picture is used in a new medium shown, then again royalty is due, independently from rights to use for the same picture, already honoured, in the original use connection for the motive recognizable on it.
This applies in particular with the use for advertising purposes. The user has to inform Franco Banfi Photography and get the agreement for use.

If an order (picture order, use agreement) is cancelled, after picture-files had been transferred (dispatched), then we must receive a signatory written explanation within 3 weeks after data transmission (picture delivery) that all relevant data were and will be used in no way, and that all data were irreparably deleted! Additionally possibly sent data media and/or any pictorial material (e.g. slides) must be returned within this period!

If the delivered picture CD or DVD is damaged, you will get a new one, if we get a written description of the lack within 30 days.


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