Award-winning photojournalist, author and educator, has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. Her work has been featured in many books and publications such as National Geographic, Elle Canada, Canadian Geographic, DAYS Japan, Helsingin Sanomat, Photolife, PDN Online, the Huffington Post, Earth Island Journal, Point of View, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Dimension.
Jo-Anne is the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall's acclaimed documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine (www.theghostsinourmachine.com) and her first book, We Animals, was published by Lantern Books in 2013.
Recent awards and accolades include the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Media Award; More Magazine's Fierce List; 2013 Toronto Compassion for Animals Award; one of CBC's Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary's 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; HuffPost WOMEN's “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”, and one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior.
Jo-Anne hails from Toronto, Canada… and loves spending a bit of down time there, when she can!
We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through photography, animals in the human environment. Humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. With this as its premise, We Animals aims to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as beings with moral significance. The objective is to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces.
Since the conception of the project, stories and photographs for We Animals have been shot in over 40 countries and the photos have contributed to almost 100 worldwide campaigns to end the suffering of animals.