PROFILE

My imagery is inspired by the
strength of the human spirit.

 

John Rae is a professional commercial and documentary image maker based in the US. His clients include fortune 500 companies and International Nongovernmental Organizations. For more than 25 years John has photographed extensively in over 85 countries and those Images have appeared in major publications in the US, Europe, and Australia.

John specializes in making images of people on location. He knows how difficult it is to produce images under demanding circumstances and how rewarding that hard work can be. Through all those experiences, John has become skilled at working with organizations and their clients to produce compelling visual content. His work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in one person and group shows across the world.

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SHOWS/Awards

2018

Winner, Gold and Silver Awards, France’s PX3 Photo Contest. Gold was won for images from the Turkana Region of Kenya while on assignment for UNOPS to document maternal care programs. Silver was won for images captured on assignment for Environmental Defense to document efforts to promote sustainable fisheries in the Pacific Ocean. Additional PX3 Curator Selection Awards for Kenya Maternal Health Project (UNOPS) and Mobile TB Clinic in Yangon, Myanmar (UNOPS).

2017

First Place Winner, Social Documentary Network’s World Communities Contest. The winning collection of images captured a 15-year collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, featuring people living with HIV/AIDS. The photographs were featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Zeke Magazine.

Winner, Silver Award, France’s PX3 Photo Contest. The Silver Medal winning series of images were produced while on assignment for ACCION International to promote financial inclusion in India.

Second Place Winner, Portrait Section, International Color Awards. The winning photographs were captured on location in Nigeria for ACCION International.

2016

Winner, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, France’s PX3 Photo Contest.

Winner, Institutional Category, Communication Arts. Winning image depicted supertanker during final stage of construction for Gener8 Shipping.

Triple Winner, Annual Report Category, PX3. Winning images: supertanker for Gener8 Maritime; promoting delivery of affordable healthcare for NYC Health and Hospitals; microlending in Myanmar for ACCION International.

2015

Winner, Institutional Category, Communication Arts. Winning image was a portrait of TB Patient and Her 6 Month Old Child for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Winner of International Color Awards. John Rae has won third place in the Social Cause Section. The winning photographs were produced on location as part of an ongoing project for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Zambia, Laos, The Gambia, Paraguay, and Myanmar.

Winner of two Gold and one Bronze awards in France’s PX3 photo contest. The PX3 contest is one of the largest and most prestigious contests in Europe with tens of thousands entries from 85 countries. The first Gold Medal winning series of photographs were produced in Zimbabwe on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. The second Gold Medal photos were also produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Cambodia documenting their fight against malaria transmission. The Bronze Medal went to a series of photographs produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Honduras that features a series of photographs depicting the org’s efforts to fight the spread of TB in prisons.

Winner in AP 30 Photo Contest. American Photographer has announced the winners of the AP 30 Photo Contest . AP is one of the most prestigious Photo Contests in the US. The winning photograph was chosen from thousands of entries from over 80 countries. The photo was shot on assignment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Cape Town’s infamous Pollsmoor Prison.

2014

Winner, Documentary Photography Category, PDN Photo Awards. Images taken on assignment in Zambia for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Winner of Six Awards in Annual Report and Portrait Categories for PX3 including one Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Awards. Images captured on assignment in Guatemala for ACCION International and at the Pollsmoor Prision in Zambia for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Honorable Mention ASMP Photography Contest. John Rae has won an Honorable Mention for his photograph of Raphael, a member of an AIDS orphaned family in Zambia. The Image14 Contest Winners Exhibition will be held at the prestigious Chelsea 27 Gallery with an opening on October 23, 2014 at 6pm.

Winner in Photo District News’ World in Focus photo contest. John’s photograph of a Burmese kitchen was named a winner in the Sense of Place category.

2013

Winner, Sense of Place Category, PDN Photo Awards. Winning image captured in Myanmar while on assignment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Double winner, Documentary Photography Category, PDN Photo Awards for images captured in Ethiopia and Myanmar while on assignment for the Global Fund.

2012

Double winner in Documentary Photography Category for PDN Photo Awards. Images taken in Ethiopia and Indonesia while on assignment for the Global Fund.

Winner in PX3 2012 International Photo Contest. The 3 winning series of photographs were produced on assignment in Colombia, South Sudan and Indonesia for ACCION and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. PX3 is one of Europe’s premier photo contests and attracts thousands of entries from over 80 countries.

Winner in Photo District News’ World in Focus photo contest. John’s photograph of the Georgetown Ferry in The Gambia was named a winner in the Sense of Place category.

2011

Double winner, Documentary Photography Category, PDN Photo Awards. Winning images captured in Rwanda while on assignnment for the Global Fund and in Columbia while on assignment for ACCION International.

First and Second Place Winner, Annual Report Category, PX3. Winning images included photos captured in Peru while on assignment for ACCION International

2010

Winner Communication Arts 51st Annual photo contest in the Annual Report category. CA photo contest attracts tens of thousands of entries from around the world and is one of the oldest and most prestigious contests in America. The winning photograph is of HIV outreach backstage at KTV bar/ brothel and was shot on assignment for Population Services International in Mengzi, China.

Winner The International Photo Awards second place in the Professional Annual Report Section. The winning photographs were produced on location in the last 12 months for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in The Philippines, Tajikistan, Cuba, and Malawi.

Winner The International Color Awards in the People Section and a nominee in the People and Photojournalism Sections. The winning photograph was chosen from thousands of entries from over 90 countries. The photo was shot on assignment with Will Smith in Zanzibar for the NGO Malaria No More.

Winner Photo District News flagship photo contest in the Corporate Design Category. The winning photographs are from a series created for ACCION, a Boston based microlending NGO, which supports the distribution of loans for small businesses in Tanzania, Africa.

Double Winner, Px3 photo contest, Second Place in the Annual Report and Portrait categories. The annual report category was taken by photographs produced in Cuba, Tajikistan, Georgia, and The Gambia for the Global Fund. The Portrait section was taken by a photograph produced on assignment in the Seti Valley in far western Nepal for the Global Fund. The contest attracts thousands of entries from 85 countries.

2009

First, Second, and Third Place Winner, Annual Report Category, PX3. Images captured on assignment for NGO and Corporate Clients.

Winner, Environmental Portrait Category, PDN Faces Photo Awards. Images taken on Assignment for ACCION International in India, Nigeria, Equador, and Ghana.

Winner, Institutional Category, Communications Arts. Image captured in The Gambia while on assignment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Double Winner PDN flagship photo contest. The first winning entry was produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria to document TB Outreach in the Tacumbu Penitentiary, Paraguay. The second winning entry was produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria to document highschool HIV Education for women in Irbid, Jordan

Triple Winner, Px3 photo contest, Gold Silver and Bronze in the Annual Report and Portrait categories. Gold was won by a series of photos taken on assignment for ACCION International in Nigeria, Bolivia, India, and Equador. Silver was won by a series of photos produced on assignment for GenCo Shipping in Japan. And Bronze was taken by a photo produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in the Gambia.

International Photo Awards
11 Honorable Mentions in Advertising and Nature Categories

2008

Finalist, Portraits Category, International Color Awards. Image captured in Southern India while on assignment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Winner, Documentary Photography Category, PDN Photo Awards. Images captured at the Penitencia Tacumb in Paraquay while on assignment for the Global Fund.

2007

Large Scale Banner Installation, 20 Photographic Images erected in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Germany. Images captured on assignment for the Global Fund. Honorable recognition at the Duetsche Guggenheim.

Excellence Award, American Photographer. Image captured on assignment in India for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Finalist, Interaction Photo Contest. Image captured on assignment in Jamaica for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

2 Finalist Awards and 7 Honorable Mentions Awards, International Photography Contest. Images captured on assignment for the Global Fund in India, Jamaica, Thailand and Cambodia.

2006

Traveling One Person Exhibition entitled UNHCR Arriveals. Exhibition travelled to Washington DC and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Finalist Award, Interaction Photography Contest. Images captured while on assignment in Vietnam for the Global Fund and in Brazil for ACCION International.

7 Finalists Awards, International Photograph. Images captured on assignment for the Global Fund (Vietnam, Romania, Kyrgyzstan), Con Edison, and General Maritime.

2005

Finalist Award, Interaction Photography Contest. Image captured on assignment in Nicaragua for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

2004

Finalist Award, Graphic Design USA. Images captured for Boston Scientific 2003 Annual Report.

2003

Winner in Annual Report Category, PDN Photo Awards. Images captured for the Global Fund 2003 Annual Report.

Graphic Design Finalist, Dartmouth College View Book.

Finalist Award, Interaction Photography Contest. Images captured on assignment in Sri Lanka for the Global Fund and in Bangladesh for UNICEF.

1990-1993

Traveling One Person Show capturing portraits of the homeless. Installations at the Boston Center for the Arts, the Fuller Museum of Art (Brockton Ma), Boston Public Library (Central Library in Copley Square), The Cyclorama (Boston), and the Art Windows at the former Pan Am Building in NYC.