BIA Fellow Aurelie Jacquet Receives Prestigious Photography Scholarship!

by Melissa Harding

 

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Botany in Action Fellow, Aurelie Jacquet, recently received a scholarship from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to attend the 2015 NANPA summit, receive training and meet with editors! NANPA’s mission is to promote the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection; provide information, education, inspiration and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography and foster excellence and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.

Aurelie’s photography is inspired by her field studies at home and abroad. As an ethnopharmacologist and self-taught photographer, she uses photography to communicate both scientific and cultural knowledge. As part of her application for the NANPA scholarship, she submitted a series of photographs from her fieldwork.

Aurelie is currently pursuing a Ph.D at Purdue University and studying how plants used in traditional medicine can help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Her studies have taken her to Nepal to interview traditional healers, local people and collect plant samples. You can follow Aurelie and all of the BIA fellows as they study plants across the US and across the world at their individual websites.

To learn more about Botany in Action, check out the website or this blog post.

To see more of Aurélie’s photography, check out her website!

The above photo of a traditional Napalese healer was part of her winning submission.

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