John 1st Place Winner in 2017 SDN Contest

John Rae Wins 1st Place in SDN 2017 Contest!

SDN is thrilled to present the winners of our recent Call for Entries, Celebrating the Global Community. The judges selected one first-place winner and four honorable mentions. The work submitted was outstanding and a clear demonstration of the commitment and interest in documentary photography and visual storytelling. The first place winner is John Rae from the US for his project The Positive Community, documenting people living with AIDS around the world and how HIV/AIDS, no longer a death sentence but a manageable disease with proper treatment, is still not without its struggles. The Positive Community will be featured in the upcoming issue of ZEKE magazine.

We very much want to thank the jurors for their contribution to this Call for Entries:

Barbara Ayotte: Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health

Jeff Campagna: Associate Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Elizabeth Cheng Krist: Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

Kurt Mutchler: Senior Photo Editor for Science, National Geographic magazine

Quentin Nardi: Chief Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Glenn Ruga: Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network; Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine

Click here to see winners.

New Accion Video from Myanmar Just Released

Newest video produced on location in Myanmar for Accion has just been released!  I spent 5 hot, long days in Yangon, Myanmar with Jim Rosenberg, Action’s Chief Communications Officer, and director Lee Skaife to produce this piece on Dawn Microfinance’s efforts to promote financial inclusion for women who own small businesses.  Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. View the video here.

John Rae Winner in 2017 Px3 Contest!

France’s Px3 has announced the winners of it’s 2017 contest and John has won Silver in the Annual Report category.  The award was taken by photography produced in India on assignment for Accion, a Boston based NGO that promotes financial inclusion worldwide. View the gallery here.

John Winner in International Color Awards 2017 Contest

The ICA has announced the winners of it’s 10th annual Photo Contest and John Rae has won 2nd place in the Portrait Category.  In addition John has been awarded an Honorable Mention also in the Portrait Category.  The winning photograph was made in Lagos, Nigeria on assignment for Accion, a Boston based NGO that promotes financial inclusion in over 40 countries with 90 partners.

JR Photo Story Goes Viral 14M Views

The Guardian has picked up a photo story on Mobile TB clinics in Yangon, Myanmar produced by John on assignment for UNOPS.  Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death for people aged 15-49 in Myanmar.  The cost of reaching a hospital for diagnosis and treatment is prohibitive for many in Yangon. This program brings the hospital to the patients. To date the number of views has topped 14 Million. View the gallery here.

John Wins Gold, Silver, and Bronze in Px3 Photo Contest!

Px3 has announced the winners of it’s 10th annual Photo Contest and John has won Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the Annual Report category. The PX3 contest is one of the largest and most prestigious contests in Europe with tens of thousands entries from 90 countries.  The Gold Medal winning series of photographs were produced in South Korea for Gener8 Maritime. The Silver Medal photos were produced on assignment for Health and Hospitals, the branch of the New York City Government that runs the public hospitals. The Bronze Medal went to a series of photographs produced on assignment for The Accion, a Boston based NGO, in Myanmar that features a series of photographs depicting the org’s efforts to promote financial inclusion around the world.

John Rae Winner in Comm Arts Photo Annual

Communication Arts has announced the winners of it’s 2016 Photo Contest and John Rae has won in the Annual Report category for his series of photographs entitled “Building the Supertanker”. The winning series was produced on assignment for Gener8 Maritime at the DSME shipyard in South Korea. The Communication Arts Photo Contest is one of the most prestigious photo contests in the US attracting tens of thousands of entries from all over the world.

Acción Video Goes Viral!

My video produced on location in India for Accion, a Boston based NGO that promotes financial inclusion, has gone viral garnering 1.8 million hits. The video features Reshma Babu a bright, energetic, and thoughtful young woman who contracted polio when she was just 5 months old. Reshma works at Vindhya where 4 out of 5 workers have a disability. Through Reshma, Accion’s efforts to promote financial inclusion come to life. Click here to meet Reshma on Accion’s Facebook page.

UNOPS South Sudan

South Sudan’ civil war is generating the second largest refugee crisis in the world. UNOPS assigned John to cover their efforts to build refugee camps, road, medical clinics, and airstrips. Without this amazing work done often under gunfire lifesaving supplies would not make it to those in need. During our time at the Agoung Thok refugee camp we met Zainab who was bombed out of her home in southern Sudan by government forces. Pregnant, she walked her 7 children to the camp seeking refuge. Her eighth child was born in the camp. Click here to see the UNOPS microsite.