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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

The Girls’ Lounge at Cannes Lions

Ami will be speaking in Cannes, France from June 20-21 at The Girls’ Lounge stop at Cannes Lions. The Girls’ Lounge is the largest community of corporate women who connect, collaborate and activate change together at industry conferences and within their companies.

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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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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Jessica Catto Dialogues

Ami will be part of The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ Jessica Catto Dialogues on August 9 in Aspen, Co. The series honors the environmental legacy of Jessica Hobby Catto through a speaker series featuring visionary thinkers and doers from all realms of environmental concerns. Her lecture will also be broadcast on Aspen Public Radio.

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National Geographic Student Expedition in 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 Spring 2017

National Geographic Live

I am excited to continue touring this spring as one of the featured National Geographic photographers at the National Geographic Live series in Tampa, Madison, Chicago, Toronto 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 are available online. [ … ]

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Recognition for Pandas Gone Wild

Panda keeper holding panda

Ami’s panda images for National Geographic earned third prize for science and natural history picture story in Pictures of the Year International,  second prize for stories in the Nature category in this year’s World Press Photo Contest, and are shortlisted for the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.  The contests were covered by dozens of media including [ … ]

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Fine Art Print

Fine Art Prints by National Geographic

BHUTAN:THE LAST SHANGRI LA 2: A Buddhist monk enters the formidable doors of Trongsa Dzong, the Ancestral home of BhutanÕs monarchy. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has sat in isolation for thousands of years and only recently has been thrust into the glare of modern times after centuries of solitude. Bhutan is a tiny, remote, and impoverished country wedged precariously between two powerful neighbors, India and China. Violent storms coming off the Himalaya gave the country its name, meaning "Land of the Thunder Dragon." This conservative Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalaya had no paved roads until the 1960s, was off-limits to foreigners until 1974, and launched television only in 1999 .

I am honored to have my work represented as exclusive limited editions by National Geographic | Fine Art Galleries. The galleries are places of learning where conservation of natural resources, the importance of natural places and the wildlife that inhabit the world come to life with every photographic creation. Behind every one of the iconic images is an amazing story. “I [ … ]

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