Ed Ou is a culturally ambiguous Canadian photographer and filmmaker who has been bouncing around the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Africa, and the Americas. He is currently based in Jerusalem.

He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the area. He was also an intern at the New York Times. After covering the wave of uprisings that has rocked the Arab World, he turned his attention to documenting the indigenous traditions in the circumpolar north. 

In 2015, he was selected as a TED Fellow.


  • 2018

    • Canadian Screen Awards, Nomination, Best Photography, News and Information for 'Dancing Into The Light' with Kitra Cahana

  • 2017

    • Pictures of the Year International, Second Place, Multimedia Feature Story for "Musangwe Fight Club"

  • 2016

    • TED Fellows Program, Senior Fellow

  • 2015

    • National Magazine Awards, Gold Online Video

    • TED Fellows Program, Senior Fellow

    • Pulitzer Center Catalyst Fund, Grantee

  • 2014

    • Eugene Smith Grant, Finalist

    • PDN Photo Annual, Photojournalism Category

    • NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 1st Prize Environmental Picture Story

  • 2012

    • Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, Young Reporter Award

    • Pictures of the Year International, Photographer of the Year Award of Excellence

    • Days Japan, Special Jury Prize

    • Pictures of the Year International, Finalist, World Understanding Award

  • 2011

    • World Press Photo, 1st Prize Contemporary Issues

    • National Magazine Awards, Finalist, News and Documentary

    • Visa Pour L'Image, City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award

    • NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Enterprise Picture Story

  • 2010

    • Pictures of the Year International, Global Vision Award, Judges Special Recognition

    • World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Participant

  • 2009

    • Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, Recipient

    • Ian Parry Scholarship, Highly Commended

  • 2008

    • Photo District News 30 Under 30

  • 2007

    • PPAGLA, College Photographer of the Year