About Lucy

I moved to London from the Midlands when I was 22. I’d just finished my degree, which was in Documentary Photography and thought I’d take my chances in London to see if I could succeed in finding a photojournalist job there.

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I landed a job as a staff photography for a group of newspapers in North London within the first month of moving, covering local events and news stories. I’d just swapped over to digital from film and was given a set of digital Nikon equipment to work with. I was lucky to work with a good editor, Gary O’Keefe who was happy to let the photographer’s explore their own style as well as their own picture stories which would feature across the centre spread of the paper each week. After 3 years there I’d learnt a lot on the job but felt it was time to move on to something more challenging.

I worked night and day; taking any extra work I could find and bought my own equipment before taking a job with National News and Pictures in Central London. Many a photojournalist have passed through National on their way up and it was known as a place where you’d earn your stripes on Fleet Street. After 6 months of pounding the streets of London with my cameras I’d built up a decent portfolio of publications and took the decision to leave National.

I did the rounds talking to picture editors from national newspapers, showing them my work and asking if they could throw some shifts my way. I remember speaking to the assignments editor at The Times, Paul Bellsham who asked me to cover a job for The Times that very evening and asking him if I could pop back in a few minutes as I had an appointment with John Edwards at The Sun which happened to be in the same building. I’d had a picture printed in The Sun that day of a female police officer who was caught up in the student riots at Millbank Tower, the headquarters of the Conservative Party. She was staggering out of the building with a blood-stained cotton pad Gaffa taped to her head, her police hat perched on top. I was offered a week’s trial at The Sun then hopped on a train for the Times to do a feature on the coast somewhere.

I finished up my trial at The Sun and took a gamble on quitting my regular shifts at National to go freelance, spending the next three month doing features for The Sun before moving over to The Times on a regular basis. Since going freelance in 2010 I’ve also worked regularly for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Metro and the Evening Standard covering politics, live news, features and portraits. My personal highlights include covering the revolution in Libya in 2011, travelling to rural Kenya to photograph projects with Islamic Relief and shooting images of the Royal family and top political figures in the UK for national newspapers.

I’ve always loved being in the middle of a news story as it’s breaking, before the public know anything about it and then seeing the pictures in the paper the next day. Now it’s possible to see your work published even sooner with the popularity of online news but nothing beats seeing your pictures in print.

About Lucy

I moved to London from the Midlands when I was 22. I’d just finished my degree, which was in Documentary Photography and thought I’d take my chances in London to see if I could succeed in finding a photojournalist job there.

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I landed a job as a staff photography for a group of newspapers in North London within the first month of moving, covering local events and news stories. I’d just swapped over to digital from film and was given a set of digital Nikon equipment to work with. I was lucky to work with a good editor, Gary O’Keefe who was happy to let the photographer’s explore their own style as well as their own picture stories which would feature across the centre spread of the paper each week. After 3 years there I’d learnt a lot on the job but felt it was time to move on to something more challenging.

I worked night and day; taking any extra work I could find and bought my own equipment before taking a job with National News and Pictures in Central London. Many a photojournalist have passed through National on their way up and it was known as a place where you’d earn your stripes on Fleet Street. After 6 months of pounding the streets of London with my cameras I’d built up a decent portfolio of publications and took the decision to leave National.

I did the rounds talking to picture editors from national newspapers, showing them my work and asking if they could throw some shifts my way. I remember speaking to the assignments editor at The Times, Paul Bellsham who asked me to cover a job for The Times that very evening and asking him if I could pop back in a few minutes as I had an appointment with John Edwards at The Sun which happened to be in the same building. I’d had a picture printed in The Sun that day of a female police officer who was caught up in the student riots at Millbank Tower, the headquarters of the Conservative Party. She was staggering out of the building with a blood-stained cotton pad Gaffa taped to her head, her police hat perched on top. I was offered a week’s trial at The Sun then hopped on a train for the Times to do a feature on the coast somewhere.

I finished up my trial at The Sun and took a gamble on quitting my regular shifts at National to go freelance, spending the next three month doing features for The Sun before moving over to The Times on a regular basis. Since going freelance in 2010 I’ve also worked regularly for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Metro and the Evening Standard covering politics, live news, features and portraits. My personal highlights include covering the revolution in Libya in 2011, travelling to rural Kenya to photograph projects with Islamic Relief and shooting images of the Royal family and top political figures in the UK for national newspapers.

I’ve always loved being in the middle of a news story as it’s breaking, before the public know anything about it and then seeing the pictures in the paper the next day. Now it’s possible to see your work published even sooner with the popularity of online news but nothing beats seeing your pictures in print.

Diamond Jubilee Beacon by Lucy Young

Diamond Jubilee beacon lighting, Malvern Hills. Over a thousand people trekked up to the top of the Malvern Hills to see a beacon lit as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The bonfire was one of a chain of 2,012 beacons lit throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

London 1666 by Lucy Young

‘London 1666’, a 120-metre long sculpture of the 17th-century London skyline which was set alight in a dramatic retelling of the story of the Great Fire of London. A collaboration between American ‘burn’ artist David Best and Artichoke, the project has involved months of work and participation with local schools and young Londoners. The event was part of the London’s Burning festival produced by Artichoke, commemorating the Great Fire of London.

Order Of The Garter by Lucy Young

Order of the Garter.Service for the Most Noble Order of the Garter held at St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. Picture: A police officer looks up as military knights march past. Copyright Lucy Young 2011.

Oscar In Camden Passage by Lucy Young

Order of the Garter.Service for the Most Noble Order of the Garter held at St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. Picture: A police officer looks up as military knights march past. Copyright Lucy Young 2011.