About Ami

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning critically endangered captive born species, like the giant pandas back to the wild and attempts to save the last living northern white rhinos from extinction. Based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Upcoming Events

Photokina

Ami will attend Photokina in Cologne, Germany, for Nikon. Photokina is the world’s leading trade fair for the photo, video and imaging sectors.

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Photoville Outdoor Exhibition

Rewilding Pandas in China, a collection of images from Ami’s August 2016 National Geographic cover story, will be exhibited at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Sept. 21-25.

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Summit Workshops

Ami will be part of the faculty of the Summit Workshops nature and wildlife photography workshop is in Jackson Hole, WY. Photography at the Summit is the longest-running workshop in the Summit series. It brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors and combines it with the beautiful setting of the Grand Tetons.

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Nature

Pandamania Part II

Zhang Hemin papa panda

I was thrilled to give interviews about my National Geographic story, including CCTV, NPR’s Weekend Edition, UPROXX, Vice, Huffington Post, the How to Do Everything podcast, Mother Nature Network, Global Times, L’Illustre, Tech Insider, and Business Insider.

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News

Why Photos Should Be ‘So Much More Than Beautiful’

children at refugee camp india

I was honored to speak to National Geographic’s Through the Lens blog about my work.

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Nature

Interview with How to Do Everything

panda keeper health check

NPR’s How to Do Everything podcast wondered how to get close to a panda after they saw my National Geographic story and I chatted with them about the surprising answer: panda suits!

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Nature

Interview with The Creators Project

panda keepers tracking

After my National Geographic cover story appeared in August, many were fascinated by the panda suits! I talked with The Creators Project, part of Vice, about what it takes to get candid shots of these elusive animals.

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