Adonai Rocha

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Adonai Rocha (born 1958) is a digital media specialist, multimedia professional, journalist, advertiser, forensic multimedia expert and photographer.

Adonai Rocha
GigaPan by Adonai Rocha
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World Monument Fund Photo Award


Adonai Rocha studied photography and film at the Polytechnic of Central London and the British Film Institute.

In the 1980s, Rocha worked as photojournalist for major national magazines and newspapers, and as a freelance advertising and commercial photographer. For many years he has worked in conservation and photographic restoration.

In 1998, he received the Paulo Freire Award for the use o ICTs in education.

In 2002 Rocha moved to Africa to use ICTs on HIV and Aids prevention. He was invited by the United Nations (UNDP) to work in Botswana as educational TV director and producer. From 2005 to 2006 Rocha worked as ICTs director for ACHAP[Note 1]–collaboration between the Government of Botswana, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck Foundation. For his ICTs work on TV and web, he has been awarded the Innovative Use of New Media Award,[Note 2] Rhodes University, South Africa.

In 2006 Rocha created different multimedia and web products to promote social and health initiatives such as Dengue and Flu prevention, job bank for disabled persons, global warming and environmentally friendly initiatives, etc.

In 2007 he started using GigaPans[Note 3] photography to help to raise awareness about UNESCO World Heritage, the protection and conservation of World Heritage Properties. GigaPan[Note 4] employs the GigaPan robotic platform for capturing very high-resolution panoramic images. This robotic camera mount was first used by NASA in Mars exploration.

In 2010 had his work published on GigaPan Magazine Vol. 2 Issue 2 and exhibited at the Korhausforum in Berne, Switzerland.

GigaPan panoramas were exhibited during Utopia and the Reality of Urbanism in the 20th Century, organisé par le Comité de l’Association Maison blanche et la Section d’histoire de l’art de l’Université de Lausanne, du 29 au 31 octobre 2010, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro – MAM Rio - exhibited Adonai's photographs about Modernist architecture in the "Horizonte Construído – Fotografia e Arquitetura nas coleções do MAM" exhibit, from December 2010 to January 2011.

In 2012 Adonai developed many educational apps and ebooks for mobile devices on health, special education, arts, and entertainment, available at Apple App Store.

In 2013 Adonai's panoramic photo was selected as the grand-prize winner of the Everyday Preservationist Photo Contest, of the World Monument Fund, in the Sensitive Urban Development category (World Monument Fund), selected by Mark Robbins, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, New York, NY.

In 2013 and 2014 as part of his continued education as Forensic Mutimedia Expert, studied Forensic Questioned Documents, West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative, Technical Advances in the Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes, Digital Photography and Digital Enhancements, How to Be a Good Expert Witness, Expert Testimony Training for the Prosecutor and Scientist II, Fingerprint Identification: Reliability and Accuracy - Archival Version, promoted by RTI and National Institute of Justice, and Forensic Science and Criminal Justice, University of Leicester, England, UK.