Ami is currently in Montana

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

Danube Revisited Exhibit Opens in Madrid

 I travelled with eight women photographers documenting the Danube river and the life surrounding it. Our work from the Danube Revisited exhibition will open in Espacios Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, Spain, May 26, 2016. The project was featured in April’s Smithsonian Journeys. The exhibition pairs Inge Morath’s Danube work with new images created by the contemporary female photographers [ … ]

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National Geographic Live in Redwood City, CA

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 Redwood City, CA, August 16. 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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Panda in China

I spoke recently to The Weekly Wrap, the audio home of National Geographic’s Your Shot blog, about my panda story, which will be published in National Geographic Magazine in August. I talked about the origins of this story in 2013, how I pitched it to National Geographic, what the shooting process was like, and what I found in China that surprised me.

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National Geographic Live

Tourists watch as Li Feng cares for two month old giant panda cubs at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province August 29, 2015.  Nearly 50 percent of giant pandas births are to twins, but the mothers can care for only one cub at a time so keepers in China have developed a careful process for swapping each baby so they are fed both by their mother and by hand. Baby pandas wean from their mothers between 8-9 months and a year old and generally stay with their mothers for 2 years. (Photo by Ami Vitale)

I am excited to continue my tour as one of the featured National Geographic photographers at the National Geographic Live series in Redwood City, CA, Aug. 16, 2016. 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 [ … ]

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Rhinos in Amsterdam Airport

My 2015 World Press Photo winner displayed at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

If you are passing through the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, check out my World Press Photo rhino  image on a billboard there. The image features the conservation work of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust. Please follow their work on social media and consider a visit to Kenya to see them in action. Your support goes directly toward [ … ]

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Online Class


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Skillshare came with me to Venice Beach, California, where I share tools and practices of documentary photography for an online class. There are instructions for an exercise you can do at home and I can view your work being posted to Skillshare. If you use the link here to sign up, you can receive three months of Skillshare [ … ]

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