Hugh Hastings is the Getty Images stringer editorial photographer for Cornwall, UK where he has lived and worked for the last 30 years building up a comprehensive list of contacts.
He is a Sony brand ambassador and a registered member of the BPPA - The British Press Photographers' Association - and among other live projects also works for the Duchy of Cornwall documenting their Nansledan project at Newquay.
His images are regularly featured in UK and global media including The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC News, USA titles and Getty Images own worldwide social media content. Hugh also manages the Chelsea FC images archives for the club.
Hugh was trained as a photographer over five years in a West London studio - Photographic Techniques Ltd - from the age of sixteen. He then became Chelsea Football Club's Official Photographer for 10 years. Over the years he has worked in many sectors of the industry including sport, architecture and superyachts and but has a genetic connection and attraction to news, following his father who was a Fleet Street correspondent for The Daily Telegraph from the 1960s onwards. (see photo below or Ronald Hastings, tallest figure sitting on desk in the Daily Telegraph News Room .)
Hugh is a TEDx speaker (2018), TEDx mentor (2019), a speaker for the ShelterBox disaster relief charity and Sony. Over the last seven years Hugh has greatly enjoyed meeting other photographers of all kinds and ages while giving public talks on photography at locations including London Olympia, the Brighton Fringe, Peter Jones of Knightsbridge, Vienna, Palma Mallorca and multiple appearances at the annual Photography Show NEC Birmingham from 2016 to 2020.
Away from his camera Hugh paddle-boards and swims all year round off the Cornish coast and is the author of a Cornwall-Based children's thriller called 'High Tide' (Mabecron Books 2012).
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