Awards and Publications

Various prizes and publications of my photographs around the world. 

– (March 2015)  1st Prize of the March 2015 Monthly Photo Contest, Popular Photography Magazine, USA
– (Nov 2015)  Special mention (佳作) at the PPK 第10回舞妓ともみじ大撮影会 (http://www.photo-kyoto.jp/maiko2015/)
– (March 2016) Special Selection (特 選) at the Photo Partner West  第6回京都舞妓大撮影会 写真コンテスト (Summer 2016) (http://www.ppwest.org/maiko_6th/contest/index.html)
– While I didn’t win any prize for my participation to their Photo Contest, I did receive an invitational account on LensCulture.com (https://www.lensculture.com/patrick-hochner
– (Nov 2016) 準特選 at the the PPK 第11回舞妓ともみじ大撮影会 (http://www.photo-kyoto.jp/maiko2016/)

One of my photos was featured for the cover of an article about Obon in the France Culture Papiers magazine  

While I am not very organized, a number of my photos can be seen around the internet on my old photo web sites (patosan.com), as well as on Flickr, 500px, Viewbug and Photocrowd.    

Here are various prizes and awards received… 


Hanami Party, Maruyama Koen

Hanami Party, Maruyama Koen

In Japan, Spring is a very special time for everybody. Sure, it’s first and foremost the season of Cherry Blossom. But it’s much more than that. It’s in April that most businesses start their fiscal year. It’s in April that all schools or universities start. And of course, it’s in April that the nature cycle restarts, with flowers popping out of trees everywhere.

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Light up at the Eikan-Do Temple

Light up at the Eikan-Do Temple

Quite a number of temples illuminate and open their garden to the public in the evening during the Fall and the Spring. The time is usually limited to a few weeks, and the dates are different for each place. These “Light Ups” are very popular and for good reason.

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PPK, 11th Maiko and Momiji Photo Contest

PPK, 11th Maiko and Momiji Photo Contest

I am honored to have again one of my photos prized (Special Selection) at the PPK Photo Contest. Twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring, the PPK Association (Photo Partner Kyoto) organizes a public photo shoot with several maiko and geiko. This time, in November 2016, the shoot took again place in . . .

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Photo Partner West, 6th Maiko Photo Shoot

Photo Partner West, 6th Maiko Photo Shoot

Following my first experience with a photo shoot, I attended the March 2016 sessions of Maiko Photo Shoot organized by PPW (Photo Partner West), an umbrella organization of photographers in the West of Japan. The shoot took place at a private garden of the Heian Jingu Shrine.

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PPK, 10th Maiko and Momiji Photo Contest

PPK, 10th Maiko and Momiji Photo Contest

This was the first time I attended such a photo shoot in Kyoto. The “Maiko and Momiji” photo shoot was organized by PPK (Photo Partner Kyoto), an association of photographers in Kyoto. There were five maiko and geiko at the Chishaku-In Temple, and almost 500 photographers over the three sessions.

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Around Miyagawa-Cho

Around Miyagawa-Cho

Walking along the main street of Miyagawa-Cho, one of the five Hanamachi or Geisha Districts of Kyoto. Maiko (apprentice Geisha) usually walk the streets of this area in late afternoon, on their way to meet their patrons. I spend quite some time around this area...

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During the Gion Festival

During the Gion Festival

This photo was taken in Kyoto, during the Hanagasa Procession that takes place right after the second day of the large Gion Matsuri, the largest festival of Japan. The procession is just a succession of a lot of people, children and adults, all dressed up with...

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The Kagai

The Kagai

The Kagai, literally translated as “Flower Town” is the term Kyoto people use for the districts where the geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice) practice the high-class arts that have made their beauty and refinement legendary the world over.

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