Chris was born in Canada to Irish parents, then grew up in Africa and Europe. Now based in London, he works internationally directing TV commercials and online content as well as working as an award winning photographer.
His philosophy is to walk the line between creating artistic and commercial value.
He worked in the film industry in Rome, London and Dublin as an assistant editor and director before writing and directing a few award winning short films. He was awarded the Miramax Scriptwriting Prize in 2000. His short film, Transit won 6 best film awards internationally. In 2011 Chris directed his first feature film, Kara Murat, set in Turkey.
For several years now he has been shooting commercials around the world in collaboration with a wide array of agencies and clients including Lowe, TBWA, BBDO, Leo Burnett, Young and Rubicam, Saatchi and Saatchi and many others, in such locations as London, Dublin, Prague, Dubai, Warsaw, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Bangkok and USA.
Chris is also an award winning photographer and his work can be seen here: www.chrisrochephotographer.com
He has travelled the world photographing ancient traditions as well as working for NGOs and many commercial clients.
The Miramax Scriptwriting AwardAudience Award (The Riblok Foundation) Cork International Film Festival
Best Film (Transit) Be Film Festival, New York
Best Short Film (Transit) Giffoni Film Festival
Best Film (Transit) I’ve Seen FIlms, Milano,
Best Film (Transit) Pentedatillo Film Festival,
Doha Experience (Transit) Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Travel Photographer of the Year Finalist
Zeiss Photography Awards Finalist
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Press) Honourable Mention
Sony World Photography Awards Honorable Mention
Siena International Photo Awards Finalist
Tokyo International Foto Awards (People/Culture) Bronze
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Press) 1st Place, Gold
Wanderlust Photo of the Year (People) 1st Place
Tokyo International Foto Awards (People/Culture) 1st Place, Gold
Outdoor Photographer of the Year (Spirit of Travel) 1st Place
Travel Photographer of the Year, Finalist
Sony World Photography National Award 1st Place
Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention
Siena International Photo Awards Honorable Mention
The Wanderlust Photo Portfolio of the Year 1st Place.
International Photographer of the Year (People, Travel) 1st Place
International Photographer of the Year (People, Portrait) Honorable Mention
International Photography Awards (Traditions and Culture) Honorable Mention
Wild Frontiers Photo of the Year 2014. 1st Place.