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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

Missoula Wildlife Film Festival

I am excited to be delivering the TED-style talk “Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” discussing my work in Northern Kenya on community based conservation at the Missoula Wildlife Film Festival on April 17, 2018 at 7pm at the Roxy Theater in Missoula Montana. The vision of the International Wildlife Film Festival is [ … ]

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Tribeca Film Festival

I will be premiering My Africa, the blue chip VR film I directed about the work being done in Northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary at the Tribeca Film Festival Immersive Showcase April 20th-28th. The 2018 Tribeca Immersive program showcases works by artists who are pushing boundaries and using cutting-edge technology to tell stories [ … ]

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National Geographic Live in Kitchener, Ontario

My tour as one of the featured National Geographic photographers for the National Geographic Live series continues. On April 26, 2018 I will be in Kitchener, Ontario at the Centre In The Square Theater at 7.30 p.m. My talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions,” is about my exploration of the world from temples to war [ … ]

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2018 World Press Photo Nature Stories Nomination

I’m humbled and honored to be among the nominees for the 2018 World Press Photo awards for my National Geographic story “Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them.” Thank you to all my friends at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants for trusting me to share your powerful story, to my editors Alexa [ … ]

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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


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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