Other notable awards include: the Photography Gold Medal presented by the New York Art Directors Club, the Award of Excellence by Communication Arts magazine, numerous editorial salutations and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Washington University. Nikon USA selected Pat to be one of the initial photographers featured in its "Legends Behind the Lens" Internet portfolio series. Pat has served as a Board member for the Olympic Park Institute.
Several book concepts featuring Pat's photography are currently under development. Places of Inspiration: a fine art portfolio will be complemented by exhibitions of his fine art prints. Impressionistic images will be featured in another portfolio. Another book, produced in collaboration with Russian photographer Afanassi Makovnev, will honor the natural history, wildlife and subsistence cultures of the Beringian Heritage International Park (a park co-proposed by the U.S. and Russia) along the Bering Strait and the Chukchi Sea straddling the Arctic Circle.
Pat is a master fine art printer, fluent in digital imaging and workflow. Exhibits of his images have drawn accolades from the professional community. He was the first photographer to exhibit at the National Parks Conservation Association's new gallery and information center in Seattle and enjoyed a successful three-month exhibit at the Mountain Light Gallery in California. His fine art prints reside in public and private collections internationally.
Pat's studio and home base are located on Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
Pat O'Hara is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and a wonderful human being whose exceptional and inspiring body of work speaks for itself. He is among the first two or three photographers I initially invited to teach at Mountain Light, and the workshop we led together there was one of the best I've ever experienced. After being busy with other priorities for the last several years, Pat is available to teach again, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to lead a workshop on the Olympic Peninsula with me in July 2012. This is an opportunity not to be missed. –Justin Black