Patrick scoops top photography award

A Clonmel photographer has scooped a prestigious national award.

A Clonmel photographer has scooped a prestigious national award.

32 year-old Patrick Hogan has been announced as the winner of the Dublin Gallery Of Photography Artist Award 2011 for his project Solitary, Half Mad, a photographic short story about isolation in rural Ireland.

The award, now in its tenth year, is the leading award for contemporary photography in Ireland and this year received a record number of 166 applications from Ireland and abroad. It showcases new talent and highlights the best of contemporary photographic practice. It offers exciting opportunities for artists of any age who have a significant lens-based project underway.

The accompanying exhibition at the gallery in Temple Bar, Dublin has been the most successful since the Artist's Award was initiated ten years ago, with over 3,000 visitors since its launch in December.

Patrick is son of Mary Hogan, Ormonde Court, Clonmel and the late Denis Hogan. He is self-employed as a freelance photographer and also works on a contract basis for the ProVision Agency in Cork.

He was also shortlisted for the Winter Solo Show Award, 3rd Ward Gallery in New York last year and is currently taking part in the photographic book and exhibition The Exposure Project/Graphic Intersections in New York.

Patrick completed two international artist-in-residence programmes in Iceland two years ago and self-published his first photographic book last year. He was nominated as the South Tipperary Emerging Artist of the Year 2009 and will be exhibiting nationally and internationally throughout this year. His work may be viewed at

As winner of the Dublin Gallery award he receives a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2012 and €5,000 towards the exhibition/publication; access to the Gallery of Photography's Artist's Digital Studio and fully-serviced darkrooms; technical assistance with all aspects of exhibition production;

ongoing mentoring, curatorial feedback and publishing expertise; and a full colour editorial feature in The Irish Arts Review, media partner for the Award.

Solitary, Half Mad was influenced by Anton Chekov's short story writing and is the first of Patrick's collection of his own photographic short stories.

It was created following a six-month period spent researching and photographing isolated places in rural Ireland, mostly in Tipperary. Eight images were finally chosen and have been combined with text to create a fictional story about a man who lives in a wood.

The title of the story is taken from a line in a Cormac McCarthy novel.