The NUJ has warned that further editorial cuts could be in the piepline at the MNA, which also publishes a number of weekly titles across the West Midlands.
The photographers understood to be under threat currently work across both the NMA’s main bases at Wolverhampton and Ketley, near Telford.
An MNA spokesman said: “Following a review of the photographic operation across the MNA, a restructure of the department is being proposed. We are currently in discussion with those affected with regard to potential voluntary redundancies.”
Last year the company announced 76 job cuts with 12 job losses in editorial and in 2011 the company cut 140 jobs.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser, said: “MNA, which has a long history of commitment to real local news, has now joined the cult of newspaper groups looking to produce news with as little involvement of professional staff photographers as possible.
“These are dark days for an industry that used to celebrate the great gifts that quality pictures brought to illuminate the daily news agenda.
“With every attack on staff photography across the industry, it is clear to me that it is a case of ‘monkey see, monkey do’ for these clueless executives.
“Inevitably it leaves the titles and websites open to manipulation from vested interests over what images are available to them, reduces editorial independence and leaves the suspicion that to make up numbers required in desperation, pictures might be grabbed from the internet without the necessary permissions.
“But our members at MNA, who are often run ragged with stress and anxiety due to appalling workloads and unreasonable demands, now fear that this desperate cut is merely a precursor to other imminent editorial reorganisations and job losses.
“The company must come clean on its intentions and justify why it needs to hack away at its overstretched staff at the further expense of plummeted morale and individuals’ health.”