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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

I will be continuing my tour as one of the featured National Geographic photographers for the National Geographic Live series. I’ll be in Portland and Victoria, B.C. this month and Omaha, Ontario, Buffalo, San Jose and Los Angeles in the coming months. My talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions,” is about my exploration of the world from temples to war zones and rhinos [ … ]

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Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show

I’m incredibly honored to be speaking for Nikon January 9-10, 2018 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas along with the most epic line up of speakers including THE ASTRONAUT Captain Scott Kelly who spent a year in space! He will be speaking about testing the effects of gravity on the human body over this record breaking period of [ … ]

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HIPA Awards – Search for Truth

Ami will be in Dubai on Friday to judge the prestigious $100,000 HIPA Prize (Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award) Nov. 18-25, 2017. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum established the prestigious ‘Hamdan International Photography Award’. This demonstrates the commitment of Dubai to encouraging and supporting art, culture and innovation. [ … ]

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News

Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them

Keepers feed elephants at Reteti

I am very excited to share an important and hopeful story in Northern Kenya. At the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the local Samburu community is helping to save what is left of Kenya’s wildlife. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to [ … ]

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How to Save the World’s Tallest Animal

Tower of giraffe in Kenya

The giraffe population has plummeted more than 40 percent over the past 30 years. To make matters worse, scientists know relatively little about giraffe behavior. But a group of scientists and wildlife experts is working to untangle the mystery behind these animals’ rapid decline. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo [ … ]

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National Geographic Student Expedition in Prague

Prague

In July 2017, I will be leading a National Geographic Student Expedition to Prague. The 12-day itinerary will include exploring the modern and ancient sites of Prague and a 3-day excursion to the villages of South Bohemia. Prague is a special place for me as I lived there from 1997 to 2000, covering politics and news from [ … ]

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National Geographic Live 2018

National Geographic Live

I am excited to continue touring as one of the featured National Geographic photographers at the National Geographic Live series in Portland, Victoria B.C., Omaha, Ontario, Buffalo, San Jose, and Los Angeles. My talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions,” is about my exploration of the world from temples to war zones and rhinos to pandas. Tickets and information [ … ]

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