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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

National Geographic Live in Tampa

Ami is touring the United States as one of the featured National Geographic photographers of the National Geographic Live series. Her next stop is in Tampa, Fla., on March 28. Her talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth,” is about her exploration of the world; from temples to war zones and rhinos to pandas.

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National Geographic Live in Chicago

Ami is touring the United States as one of the featured National Geographic photographers of the National Geographic Live series. Her next stop is in Chicago on April 10-11. Her talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth,” is about her exploration of the world; from temples to war zones and rhinos to pandas.

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National Geographic Student Expeditions Prague Photo Workshop

I am excited to be returning to Prague, where I lived for three years in the beginning of my career, to lead a group of high school students for National Geographic Student Expeditions. Limited spaces are available.

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Africa

Tracker Dogs Are an Elephant’s Best Friend

tracker dog

Thinking about end of year contributions? One powerful way to make a difference is to support the work  of  The Nature Conservancy in Africa. Last summer, I visited the 56,000 acres of Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya and learned about the variety of ways TNC is working with local communities to protect elephants and [ … ]

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photography

New Book: Co-Exist

Reticulated giraffe at Sarara Camp

I am excited to announce my first ever edition of a special book this week with some of my most favorite images! Hurry because there are only 150 copies of Co-Exist, curated by the amazing Sara Terry. All the profits will go to Conservation International to support the work they are doing in Northern Kenya. This is a small, [ … ]

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Fine Art Print

Prints.ly Print Marketplace

Prints.ly promotion

I am excited to be part of the launch of Prints.ly, a new marketplace of photography, to offer prints of many of my favorite images. Prints.ly offers high-qualty printing and beautiful framing options. The profit from sales of these prints will be going back into the communities I’m working in and to help fund my efforts to tell their [ … ]

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Nature

Pandamania Part II

Zhang Hemin papa panda

Incredible news for one of conservation’s greatest ambassadors. As of September 4th, the giant panda is no longer on the endangered species list.  It’s a testament, in part, to the incredible team I had the honor of documenting.  It’s no easy task raising captive born pandas and releasing them into the wild.  Scientists and conservationists have had to crack the code for breeding pandas and create habitat and space for [ … ]

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