Lucy Ray is a Press Photographer and Video Journalist based in Sheffield, but covering the UK.

The images on this site are a brief overview of almost 15 years work for newspapers.   Lucy has held staff photographer positions at The Daily Mail, The Derbyshire Times, The Matlock Mercury, The Halifax Courier, and The Bradford Telegraph and Argus and now is freelance.

The assignments for these publications has been wide and varied, from jumble sales to the Paralympic Games!

Lucy is also a skilled underwater photographer with high quality specialist equipment, enabling her to offer  professional underwater photography and video



Career summary


Oct 2013 – Present             Freelance Photographer/Video Journalist


Oct 2011  - Oct 2013           Staff Photographer/Video Journalist

The Daily Mail Newspaper and The Mail Online website


Jan 2005 – Sept 2011           Staff Photographer/Video Journalist

The Telegraph and Argus, Bradford


Jan 2003 – Oct 2004         Photo Journalist

The Derbyshire Times, Matlock Mercury, Buxton Advertiser


Aug 2002 - Dec 2002        Freelance Photographer

The Sheffield Star 

Covering news, sport and features on a freelance basis.


June 2001 – June 2002     Sabbatical Officer (Student Activities)

Sheffield University Students Union


Sept 1998 – June 2001 Photographer/Picture Editor


Education and Qualifications


2004:   National Certificate Exam (NCE) in Photojournalism, awarded by the National Council for the Training of Journalists:

Distinction and awarded Fuji Photographer of the year for the Best Portfolio.

2002:   NCTJ Preliminary Exams in Photojournalism


1998-2001         BSc Genetics, Sheffield University                                               2:1    


Nottingham High School for Girls:


1996-1998         A Level                Biology, Chemistry, Art                                   AAB


1994-1996         GCSE                  Science, Geography                                         AA* A*

                                                      Maths, Art, French                                         AAA

                                                      English Lit, English Language, DT                 BBB

Honours and Awards

2015 Made in Greenwich "Between Inside and Outside" Photography exhibition

2014 Travel Photographer of the Year, Shortlist.

2014 KPMG's Sport is Beautiful Photo Exhibition

2012 Highly Commended, Picture Editor Guild Awards, Photo Essay

2012 Travel Photographer of the Year, HD Film Shortlist
2012 ZSL Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended
2012 Aesthetica Short Film Competition Winner
2011 Hull Glimmer Film Festival, Shortlist for Yorkshire Film of the Year
2011 Made in Bradford Film competition winner
2010 Sports Photographer of the Year, NUJ Regional Press Awards
2009 Finalist for Sports Photographer Of The Year, Press Gazette Awards
2008 O2 Photographer of the year, Yorkshire and Humber
2007 BSAC Underwater Photographer of the Year (newcomer)
2006 Finalist at the Yorkshire Press Awards
2005 Runner up in The Times Tabasco Young Photographer of the Year
2004 Fuji Photographer of the Year

2004 BBC Photographer of the Year, Shortlist

2002 ICI Imagedata Photographer of the Year, Runner Up