Canadian photojournalist Ed Ou was born in 1987 and took up photography as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, as well as the fall of the Islamic Courts in Somalia, while he was studying politics in the Middle East. He later worked for Reuters and The Associated Press, covering stories ranging from conflict in the Middle East to fashion in New York City. After university, he moved to Kazakhstan and more recently focused his lens on refugees fleeing Somalia. Ou was selected as one of PDN's 30 Under 30 in 2008 and his work has been recognized by POYi and Best of Photojournalism, among others. He was a participant in the 2010 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.