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Matilda Hay is a photographer and documentary filmmaker from London, UK. She studied Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where she also had her first experience of photojournalism, taking pictures for the Cambridge Varsity Newspaper. In 2013 she won a full scholarship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council to study Science Media Production (MSc) at Imperial College London, graduating with Distinction. Her final project, ‘Carry Me Home’ - a half hour documentary about pigeons, their homing mechanism, and the role they played in both world wars - was nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Creative Use of Archive’ at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival 2016. She then spent 6 years working in TV on a range of documentaries for both UK broadcasters (BBC, Channel 4, ITV) and US broadcasters (Discovery, Netflix). During this time she also undertook photography and filmmaking projects for several non-profits, travelling to Lebanon and Jordan with Mercy Corps to document their refugee work (2016), and to Nepal with the LRTT teaching charity (2017). In 2021 she received a Director’s Fellowship to study Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism at the International Centre of Photography in New York, where she started her long term project, Glass Eggs, about the growing number of women who are freezing their eggs. She had her first solo exhibition of this work at the United Nations in February 2023, and ten images from her project have been featured in National Geographic.

Awards & Recognition

2022   Connecticut Public Media Award, Eddie Adams Workshop XXXV, USA
2021   Director's Fellowship, International Center of Photography, USA
2021   Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund, Women in Film & TV, UK
2017   LRTT Film Fellowship, UK—awarded 'Best Narrative' for final film
2015   Imperial War Museum Film Festival, UKnominated for 'Best Documentary' and 'Best Creative Use of Archive'
2014 Journalist Awards, UKWinner 'Best Coverage of an Event'
2014   Famelab UKFinalist
2014   Brains on Film competition, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UK"Decisions, Decisions"—1st Prize

2014   Brain Awareness Competition, Society for Neuroscience, UK"Decisions, Decisions"—People's Choice Award
2013   MSc Scholarship, Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK 
2013   Rising Short Film Competition, Quick Flicks, UK1st Prize


Selected Publications

2023   National Geographic | Egg freezing: What to know about the process, cost and success rates | Photography 
2022   BBC Storyworks | Transforming Cities: The city addressing inequality by connecting communitiesPhotos, text and audio
2022   Shanghai Photography Magazine | Glass Eggs | Featured photography

2022   SHIFT Magazine | Glass Eggs | Featured photography
2015   Science AAAS Magazine | My Skin,  My StoryFilmmaker 


Exhibitions & Film Festivals

2023   "Glass Eggs" solo exhibition at the United Nations Albano Building, New York, USA
2023   "Parallel Horizons" group exhibition at ChaShaMa, New York, USA 

2022   "Shifting Selves" group exhibition  at the International Center of Photography Museum, New York, USA
2015   "Carry Me Home" screened at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival, London, UK
2014   "Early One Morning" screened at the London Short Film Festival, UK


Selected Television Credits

2021   The River Dee | Channel 4 News | Producer
2021   A Healthier Planet | BBC Digital | Edit Producer

2020   Deliveroo: Secrets of Your Takeaway | Channel 4 | Shooting Producer
2019   SAS: Who Dares Wins | Channel 4 | Gallery AP
   Horizon: Addicted to Painkillers | BBC2 | Shooting AP
2019   Torvill & Dean: Dancing on Thin Ice | ITV | Assistant Producer
2019   Hunted and Celebrity Hunted | Channel 4 | Shooting AP
2018   Gold Rush Series 9 | Discovery | Location AP
2018   Horizon: Diagnosis on Demand | BBC2 | Shooting AP
2018   Car Crash: Who's Lying | BBC3 | Assistant Producer
2017   Superfoods: The Real Story | Channel 4 | Assistant Producer
2017   Babies | Netflix | Science Researcher
  Child of Our Time | BBC1 | Researcher
2015   Dr in the House | BBC1 | Researcher


2023   Trauma Informed Approaches to Journalism, The Poynter Center, USA
2022   Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop XXXV, USA
2022   Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism, International Center of Photography, USA
2014   Science Media Production MSc, Imperial College London, UK
2012   PGCE Science Teacher, Kings College London / Teach First, UK 
2011   Biological Natural Sciences BA Hons, Cambridge University, UK


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