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Best of ASMP 2019 First Place Winner Profile – John Rae

By January 13, 2020January 17th, 2020Best of 2019, Contests

Greater New York City Area
Image © John Rae

Rohingya Refugee Camps One Year In

First Place –Series

ASMP: What was your inspiration for taking this photo?

John Rae: The photos were produced on assignment for UNOPS in the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. One year after refugees began arriving over one million people live in these camps making them among the largest in the world. I wanted to show the dignity of the people who have found themselves in the camps and the amazing response of the international community to their needs. And the humanitarian response has been impressive. Over 3 million meals need to be delivered a day. Medical care for over a million people must be supplied and over 60 kids a day are delivered. More than a million bowel movements must be taken care of.

ASMP: Is there anything unique about your style or approach?

JR: To celebrate the humanity of peoples who find themselves in some of the most trying circumstances.

ASMP: What type of lighting did you use for this image?

JR: I carry a LED light and speed lights.

ASMP: How long have you been shooting this type of photography?

JR: I have been shooting for leading NGOs including UNOPS, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, UNAIDS, WHO, World Bank, PSI, ACCION International, and others for 20 years.

ASMP: What other photographers’ or artists’ work inspires you?

JR: Jacob Riis, James Nachtwey, Salgado, Stephanie Sinclair, Dorothea Lang, among others.

ASMP: When did you join ASMP and what do you find most valuable about your membership?

MR: Joined in 2012. Advocacy, resources and information sharing.

ASMP: What kind of gear do you use?

JR: Canon 5D Mk4s, DJI Phantom 4, GoPro, speed lights, LED lights

ASMP: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started your career as a photographer?

MR: Video cuz boy do I need it now.

ASMP: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your work? Go ahead, surprise us with something unique and unusual.

JR: After two million miles in the air I am still optimistic about the future of humanity.

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