Accion Video

Hey- just finished a new video for Accion, a Boston based NGO that promotes financial inclusion, about a guitar maker in Paraguay. Check it out.

Zimbabwe Travel Log

Team:
Rosie Vanek, Global Fund Communications
John Rae,  Photographer

Oct 6th

Well, well, well, landed in Harare after 28 hours of travel and had the customs guy decides to pick me out of the lineup for extra attention. So off we go to the stainless steel table that seems to be sporting some strange stains anyway. Carefully and with a bit of show he dons rubber gloves and requests that I open my suitcase. He begins to pull out anything electronic. One backup speedflash. One transceiver. One box of backup cables. One monopod. After he turns over each piece, he carefully notes it’s description on a ledger. Twenty minutes later, once he has satisfied himself with about 15 items in my big bag he requests that I open my camera bag. He takes one look at all the stuff in the bag, looks over at the unopened computer bag, glances at his ledger and gives up. First time too much stuff has saved me. I exit stage right.

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ASMP Awards John Rae

ASMP (America’s leading trade organization for photographers) has announced the winners of its 2014 Photography Contest. John Rae has won an Honorable Mention for his photograph of Raphael, a member of an AIDS orphaned family in Zambia. Click here to see the winner. The Image14 Contest Winners Exhibition will be held at the prestigious Chelsea 27 Gallery with an opening on October 23, 2014 at 6pm.

Stories From the Field: Akshaya

Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.

Hyderabad, India 2007.

I was in Hyderabad to accompany HIV outreach workers as they performed their rounds. As the sun went down and the smell of the cooking fires came up, we had one more visit to make.  Driti (name changed), the outreach worker for this area, led me down a dirt alley between two broken down houses.  She explained that we were going to a safe house for women with HIV.  We stopped before a huge black metal door with a small peep hole in the middle.  Driti knocked and we entered to a dirt courtyard with a small three room house in the back.  The compound was surrounded by ten foot walls.  Here we met Akshaya (name changed) and her two children ages 3 and 5.  I was unprepared for her story.

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Award: France’s PX3 Announces 2014 Winners

Award: France’s PX3 Announces 2014 Winners

Px3 has announced the winners of its 2014 Photography Contest. John Rae has won six awards- one Gold, two Silver and three Bronze awards in the Advertising/Annual Report, Advertising/Other, and Portrait/Children Categories. The Gold award went to John’s work in Nicaragua for Accion, a Boston based NGO that promotes financial inclusion. The first Silver award was taken by a series of photographs produced on assignment for Accion in Guatemala. The second Silver went to John’s work from across Africa that was featured in a series of posters for the African Progress Panel. The Bronze awards featured work from South Africa and Zambia produced on assignment for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Click here and scroll down to see the series winners.

Award: 2014 PDN Photo Annual

Award: 2014 PDN Photo Annual

Photo District News announced the winners of its annual flagship photo contest and John Rae has been named a winner in the Design/Promo Category. The winning series of photographs was created for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria on assignment in Zambia. Maureen, Rachel and Gift lost their parents to AIDS six years ago. Maureen, the oldest, was 16. Since then the children have been forced to fend for themselves. Maureen quit school and found a job to feed the others. Now with support of a GF program the younger kids are going to school. Additional nutritional, medical, and transportation supplements give the kids a fighting chance. The PDN Annual Photo Contest is one of the most prestigious contests in North America. The photographs were chosen from over 20,000 entries from around the world. Click here to see the series winner.

Stories From the Field: Juan Carlos

Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.

September 2008

I was in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay on assignment for the Global Fund. CDE is defined by hyperactive cross border trading with Brazil. And, as you might guess, it’s prisons are full of traders, fixers, and others who have put their toes well over a few legal lines. We had come to CDE Regional Prison to document a successful Global Fund sponsored program that fights the spread of TB. Prisons are incredibly good incubators of TB because conditions tend to be crowed, dirty, and wet. TB is transmitted through the air, mostly through coughing. So if you are locked in a crowded cell, it is difficult to protect yourself from infection. Stopping the spread of TB in prisons is important because, as one guard put it, “Sooner or later you are going to have to let them out”. Read more