Saori Ogura is a PhD student at the Faculty of Forestry, and UBC Public Scholar. She was the recipient of the 2017 Nikon Salon Miki Jun Inspiration Award for her photojournalism project documenting her time living in Sikkim and Darjeeling in India’s Eastern Himalayas.
Her doctoral research explores the relationships between people and nature, with a particular focus on food security through diversity of traditional crops in Mazvihwa, Zimbabwe. She aims to be a part of revitalizing indigenous, climate change tolerant crops with the community using an arts-based and participatory approach.