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My mother once told me to figure out what I love doing best, and then find a way to make a living doing it. 

I’ve been working as a documentary photographer since 2000.  My love of travel, curiosity about people, animals and different cultures has lead me to over 40 countries on all 7 continents.  A Magnum Photos internship, as well as the mentorship of amazing photographers such as Larry Towell, David Trattles, John Makinson and Lorraine Gilbert, have all helped to shape the path I‘m travelling. Though I shoot portrait, editorial, food and event photography in my home town of Toronto, Canada, I also spend 5 to 6 months of each year abroad working on documentary stories such as We Animals. (  

As of November 2009, my work has a new home with Redux Pictures (  I’m thrilled to be working with them. For assignment inquiries, please contact Marcel Saba at

If you are interested in having a photographer come to your elementary school, high school, university or camera club, I offer a variety of talks and slide shows about life as a traveller and photojournalist, about following your passions, and living compassionately.

Clients and Publications

ELLE Canada, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Canadian Living Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Homemakers Magazine, 50Plus Magazine, In House Magazine, The Health Journal, Laurentian University Magazine, Reportage Studios, Oliver Bonacini, Sir Corp, Friends of Haifa, Independent Financial Brokers, Ape Action Africa, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Jane Goodall Institute, Farm Sanctuary, Zoocheck Canada, International Socialist Worker Magazine, Taxi Advertising, The Green Party of Ontario, Ottawa Business Journal, Sotokoto Magazine.

The Next Eco Warrior.  A collection of tales about 21st century eco-activists.
Conari Press, 2011.

Ninety Five. An anthology about America’s farmed animals. 
Published by No Voice Unheard, 2010.

Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines
Edited by Margo DeMello, Lantern Books, 2010

Life Of Water. A collection of photographic work about water, 
organized and published by Photosensitive, 2005. 

Canadian Living Everyday Favourites.  30th anniversary cookbook. 
Transcontinental Media, 2005. 

Women’s Day Book.  2009, 2005, 2004. Sumach Press. 

Resist!  A collection of stories, poetry, photos and analyses from the 
Quebec City FTAA protests and beyond. Fernwood Press. 

Defending Our Rainforest. A Guide to Community-Based Ecotourism 
in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  1999.



Grants, Awards, Guest Lectures, Articles

September 2011 – Finalist, Toronto Vegetarian Association's Compassion Awards

July 2011 – Canadian Empathy Award, Empathy Unlimited

November 2010 – Nominated by CBC as one of Canada's Top 50 Champions of Change

August 2010 – Farm Animal Friend of the Year Award, Farm Sanctuary

August 2010 – Shining World Compassion Award, Supreme Master

April 2010 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient

March 2010 – "Philanthropic Photog: U of O Graduate Uses Photography to Fight for Animal Rights", Article in The Fulcrum, for online edition, click here

November 2009 – Guest lecturer, Brock University, department of Critical Animal Studies 

November 2009 – Canadian Geographic feature photographer, click here

September 2009 – Ontario Tourism Board, nomination for best photo essay, Canadian Geographic magazine (with David Trattles) 

July 2009 – feature on Jo-Anne McArthur and the We Animals project,
Ape Action Africa newsletter  

April 2009 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient

April 2008 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient

October 2008 – guest teacher at University of Toronto, photography department 

October 2007 – Animal Voices interview: More Than a Thousand Words

2006 – Jo-Anne’s We Animals project is featured on the Farm Sanctuary website

November 2005 – Guest lecturer at the Ottawa University photography department

September 2005 – Canadian Living Magazine salutes Jo-Anne McArthur for shedding light on animal issues 

2002 – panel discussion/guest speaker at Harbourfront Photo Passage 



Past Exhibits:

October 2011 – The Fuel of Life exhibit with
Photosensitive, Canada (

September 2011 – We Animals exhibit, Critical Animal Studies conference,
Faculty of Arts of Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

September 2011 – The Bushmeat Crisis In Focus: Finding Hope for Great Apes.
Exhibit with the Jane Goodall Institute, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada

August 2011 – We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation. Nulogy Loft,
Toronto, Canada

May 29th, 2010 – We Animals exhibit and fundraiser at the Nulogy Loft
6 to 10pm.  Silent auction, appetizers, foosball, poker.

March 2010 – We Animals exhibit and panel discussion at McGill University, Montreal

November 2009 – 12×12 exhibit and fundraiser for Ape Action Africa, featuring photography from We Animals. Toronto

November 2009 – silent auction, Save the Chimps, Florida

October 2008 – silent auction, Jane Goodall Institute, Toronto

May 2008     Photosensitive's "Cancer Connection" project, exhibiting at Toronto City Hall. The exhibit continues to be exhibited internationally. (

May 2008 – Sustain. Part of Contact photo festival at Reportage Studios.  (

October 2007 silent auction, Farm Sanctuary, Los Angeles, USA 

September 2006 – We Animals. Includes photographs and stories from post-hurricane New Orleans, Farm Sanctuary, the SPCA Cruelty Investigators and events in Chile, India, Australia and Canada. This event raised funds for the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA). 

November 2005 – Our Eyes Aren‘t Big Enough. Exhibit of photos taken of India in 2003 and 2005. The opening night (at the Now Lounge) was a success, raising funds for the Animal India Trust, and achieving more than we could have hoped for ( 

September 2005 – The Life of Water. PhotoSensitive’s largest project to date, interpreting and documenting the life of water in Canada.

May 2005 – Tibetans In Exile. Photos from Tibetan Refugee Centres in Dharamsala and Darjeeling, India. This exhibit raised funds for the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala ( 

April 2004 – We Animals. This exhibit raised funds for The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada ( 

February 2004 - Destination Toronto. Group exhibit organized by PhotoSensitive documenting Toronto during the SARS Summer of 2003, showing that the city remained a vibrant place. Due to exhibit internationally. 

September 2002    Canada and Ontario Arts Council-sponsored group exhibit documenting the Quebec City FTAA Summit in 2001 at the Harbourfront Photo Passage. Curated by Ruth Kaplan.With Larry Towell, Peter Sibbald, Ethan Eisenberg et al.

September 2002 – They Will be Heard Group exhibit documenting dissent and protest in Canada since 2000. Toronto

May 2001 – Emergence – a group exhibit by some of Toronto's prominent female photojournalists. Toronto

November 1999 – Portraits of South America, social landscape and documentary photographs of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Ottawa