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Simon Burch is a professional photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. He divides his time between commissioned and fine art photography, and was awarded an MFA with distinction from the University of Ulster in 2014.


Bio & Career

“I was born close to Belfast in Northern Ireland and despite the backdrop of the ‘troubles’ my brothers and I had a carefree childhood. My father was a landscape painter, a storyteller, a dreamer. We had impromptu days off school, regular visits from artist friends and I soon realized that this was where my future lay. After leaving school I studied architecture, but dropped out in favour of pursuing my desire to be a painter. Returning home I rented a studio where I painted every day, then I bought my first camera and discovered a love of photography. With a few detours along the way I became a full time assistant to an advertising photographer in London, and then started shooting my own work. After 9 years of London I got married and moved to Dublin. I have always believed that if you work hard and give your best then good things happen and my work has been recognised at home and internationally, both in the fine art and advertising realms. I did go back to university eventually and now hold an MFA in Photography from University of Ulster.” 2


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Awards and honours

  • 2019 12th International Color Awards 2019, 2nd place overall ‘Photographer of the Year’
  • 2019 12th International Color Awards 2019, 1st place (Outstanding Achievement Award) Americana Category & 2 further nominations
  • 2019 AOP (Association of Photographers, London) Awards 2019, Finalist
  • 2018 International Photography Awards 2018, Silver & Honourable Mention in 2 categories
  • 2017 International Photography Awards 2017, Honourable Mention in 4 categories
  • 2017 AOP (Association of Photographers, London) Awards 2017, Finalist in 2 categories
  • 2016 AOP (Association of Photographers, London) Awards 2016, Finalist
  • 2015 Shortlisted for the National Gallery of Ireland Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015
  • 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year Award 2014 for MFA Fine Art Photography, given by the Royal Ulster Academy
  • 2014 8th International Color Awards 2014, 2nd Place (Merit of Excellence) & Honourable Mention
  • 2010 Imaging Donegal Residency – Per Cent for Arts Residency, Co. Donegal, Ireland 2010
  • 2004 AOP (Association of Photographers, London) Awards 2004, Silver


Solo exhibitions

  • 2011 RUA Red Arts Centre (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2010 Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris, France)
  • 2010 McKenna Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre (Co. Kildare, Ireland)
  • 2009 Tullamore Regional Offices (Co. Offaly, Ireland)
  • 2009 Gallery of Photography (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2005 Letterkenny Arts Centre (Co. Donegal, Ireland)

Group exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2019 AOP Awards (London, UK)
  • 2017 AOP Awards (London, UK)
  • 2017 Royal Ulster Academy (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2017 Glebe Gallery (Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  • 2017 Higher Bridges Gallery (Enniskillen, Northern Ireland)
  • 2016 AOP Awards (London, UK)
  • 2015 Dali International Photography Festival (China)
  • 2015 Dunamaise Arts Centre (Co. Laois, Ireland)
  • 2015 Remote Photo Festival (Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  • 2015 Artists’ Collections (Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  • 2014 Royal Ulster Academy – invited artist (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2014 14th Pingyao International Photography Festival (China)
  • 2014 Gallery of Photography (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2014 Laois Arthouse (Co. Laois, Ireland)
  • 2013 University of Ulster, School of Art and Design Gallery (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2013 Belfast Exposed (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2012 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2011 Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2010 Irish Cultural Centre (Paris, France)
  • 2010 Circulo de Bella Artes (Madrid, Spain)
  • 2010 Royal Ulster Academy (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2010 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  • 2010 Glebe Gallery (Co. Donegal, Ireland)
  • 2010 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2010 Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • 2008 Paul Kane Gallery (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2008 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2007 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2006 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2005 Habitat & (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2005 Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2004 AOP Awards (London, UK)


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  2. “About” Simon Burch
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