LIFE THROUGH A LENS: ‘Own The Night’ is the name of a photography exhibition to mark the launch of new Irish whiskey, The Sexton, with a nationwide competition for talented photographers to join the professionals.

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a new Irish whiskey made from 100% Irish malted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills and aged in former Oloroso Sherry casks, crafted by Master Blender Alex Thomas. The result is a balance of rich, dried fruits and subtle oak notes with a smooth finish.

The namesake of 'The Sexton' was a custodian of sacred objects; the one who prepared the grave and the last person to see people, body and soul, before they were laid to rest. Dark, right? Well, this dark beginning has led to the theme of the photography exhibition for the launch night.

Own The Night 

Inspired by the darkrooms used to develop print photographs, the exhibition that takes place in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin 2, will welcome guests into a sensory tasting experience of The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Here, with their vision dimmed by the low lights, visitors’ senses will be heightened allowing them to appreciate new levels of flavour brought to life by the sounds, scents and of course taste of The Sexton.

In the gallery space, guests can view the eclectic photography collection whilst enjoying a selection of The Sexton cocktails.

The photography exhibition showcases talent from all over Ireland and beyond with photos that, according to the press release, "capture the spirit of the night, as the sun begins to set, documenting the world as shadows lengthen, offices close and cities come alive."

Renowned Irish and International photographers will display their ‘Own The Night’ interpretations across multiple cities and landscapes. The work features a combination of dark and dusk with pieces that portray their visions of the night. 

Photo: Deirdre Brennan

Photo: Deirdre Brennan

Photography Competition

The Sexton has opened the event up to other photographers, both amateur and professional, to have their photos included in the exhibition through an online photo competition.  

The mission is to demonstrate how they ‘Own The Night’ with their camera, to capture the essence of their city or aspects of their city as night falls. The successful photos will be included in The Sexton Photography Exhibition in the Project Arts Centre, Thursday, 18th July. 

Photo: Neil Harrison

Photo: Neil Harrison

How to enter

Photographers who would like to enter the competition can upload photos to

How to attend

Those who would like to attend can purchase tickets via EventBrite.

The Sexton is available in high-end bars, restaurants and lounges as well as fine wine and spirits shops for a suggested retail price of €40.