About Me

Lucy Hayto is a UK based documentary photographer living in the Midlands. After studying her BA (Honors) at De Montfort University, her work won the Rachel Stevens Prize and was shortlisted for a number of other awards and prizes. She found her feet whilst studying her Masters in Bournemouth and realised her passion for environmental issues.

Her photography work takes a critical view on social and cultural issues. Mostly edging on the genre of documentary, with the main focus being on places and people in our world that are currently shaping our history. The current climate is scary – yet people still are not realising. Lucy wants to show people that these issues are close to home and need to be addressed, or changes need to be made. Having always had the belief that photography can change how a person thinks and feels, Lucy wants to use her photography to do this.

Her work uses a range of techniques to mediate her message, from drones to film photography. She captures every aspect in order to create a well-rounded project.

MA Commercial Photography - Arts University Bournemouth

BA (Honors) Photography and Video - De Montfort University (Second Class Upper Division)

BTEC in Photography - Leicester College (triple distinction)

Exhibitions and Awards


(2011) 'Click' - Crumblin' Cookie, Leicester

(2013) 'Shutter' - Leicester People's Photographic Gallery, Leicester

(2017) 'De'Signed' - Free Range, London

(2017) 'Open 28' - The Old Library, Leicester

(2017) 'OpenArt' - Cass Art, London

(2017) 'Photography on a Postcard' - theprintspace, London

(2019) 'Lucid' - The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth

(2019) 'Part Timers' -The Crypt at St Giles Church, London

(2019) 'Now, For The Future' - Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

(2020) 'The 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards' - Gallery FotoNostrum, Barcelona


(2017) Rachel Stevens Prize

Honorable Mentions:

(2019) The 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award


(2017) The Attenborough Prize

(2017) Compare the Market Travel Advisor Prize

(2017) Satori Magazine

(2019) The COAL Prize 2019

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