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Jo-Anne McArthur has been working as a documentary photographer since 2000.  Her love of travel, curiosity about people, animals and different cultures has lead her to over 40 countries on all 7 continents.  Most of Jo-Anne’s time is spent working on the many facets of her long-term project, We Animals, which was published by Lantern Books in December 2013, and translated to Italian and published by Safara Group in May 2015. Jo-Anne is the protagonist in the acclaimed 2013 Canadian documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which follows her during investigative work into our use of animals around the globe.

Jo-Anne is represented by Redux Pictures in New York. and is available for portrait, editorial and documentary assignments in her home town of Toronto and abroad.

Jo-Anne books regular speaking engagements on the topics of photojournalism, story-telling, animal rights and living compassionately.

Clients and Publications 

ELLE Canada, DAYS Japan, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Dar Spiegel, Helsingin Sanomat, PDN Online, Photolife, The Huffington Post, Earth Island Journal, PetaPixel, Canadian Living Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Lantern Books, Point of View, Alternatives Journal, Canadian Dimension, the Jane Goodall Institute, Sotokoto Magazine, Salon, More Magazine


Grants and Awards

March 2015 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient

June 2014 – Pollination Project grant recipient

May 2014 – Institute for Critical Animal Studies “Media” award

May 2014 – More Magazine’s “Fierce List”

January 2014 – NEAVS grant recipient

July 2011 – Canadian Empathy Award, Art Category, 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 and grant recipient

April 2010 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient

November 2009 – Canadian Geographic feature photographer

April 2009 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient 

April 2008 – Culture and Animals Foundation grant recipient 


Exhibits and Collections

2013 – Ongoing – Our Forgotten Animals. Large scale outdoor exhibit. created by Varkens in Nood and Dier&Recht, Netherlands.

March 2015 – We Animals: Examining the Human Relationship with Animals. Michigan University, College of Law, USA.

October 2014 – "Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures". Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA.

October 2014 – The Next Big Five Exhibition, Antwerp, Belgium.

April 2014 – We Animals: The Photography of Jo-Anne McArthur. National Museum of Animals and Society. Los Angeles, California, USA.

March 2014 – Beasts of Burden exhibit, presented by New Arts Center & Unbound Visual Arts, Boston, MA, USA.

January 2014 – Uncooped. National Museum of Animals and Society. Los Angeles, California, USA.

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 2010 – We Animals exhibit and fundraiser at the Nulogy Loft, Toronto, Canada.

March 2010 – We Animals exhibit and panel discussion at McGill University, Montreal. Part of the “WE ANIMALS: McGill Symposium and Exhibition on Animal Law" symposium.

May 2008 - Photosensitive's "Cancer Connection" project. Toronto City Hall, Canada. The exhibit continues to be exhibited 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.