Andy Hughes' photographic work explores the littoral zone and the politics of waste. His book Dominant Wave Theory includes essays by leading commentators and scientists, designed by David Carson. Published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, London and Abrams Books, New York.

In 2013 he travelled to Alaska, invited as part of an international team of artists and scientists to work on the project GYRE: The Plastic Ocean.

He was the first Artist in Residence at Tate Gallery St. Ives and short-listed reserve artist for the Arts Council England Antarctic Fellowship. He has supported many non-profit and NGO's such as Surfers Against Sewage, The Marine Conservation Society, Surfrider Foundation. A new book of photographs will be available online in 2015