© 2016 Ami Vitale

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

FOTOfusion 2017

Ami will be a featured presenter at FOTOfusion 2017 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Jan. 24-28.

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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 Print Marketplace promotion

I am excited to be part of the launch of, a new marketplace of photography, to offer prints of many of my favorite images. 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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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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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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