January, 19, 2018
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design alumna Saori Ogura (M.L.A. ‘15) was recently honored with the prestigious Nikon Miki Jun Inspiration Award for her photojournalism project documenting her time living in Sikkim and Darjeeling in India’s eastern Himalayas. Her exhibit, titled “Learning from Rong,” was named after the indigenous Lepcha people, known also as Rongkup, who live in this region.
Ogura was honored to be awarded for her sensitivity in cultural immersion, as well as for photographic artistry: “What made me most happy about receiving the prestigious photo award was that the selection committee appreciated the fact that I lived in the villages for a year, and the relationships I developed with the people. This approach connects my research and photography," she shared.
Her exhibit, comprised of photos and drawings, was additionally featured at Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka.
Ogura is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, focusing on indigenous knowledge and climate change adaptation. To view Ogura’s Nikon award-winning work, visit the Nikon Salon award website. To see Ogura’s other photography and read about her travels, visit saoriogura.info.