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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

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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Siena International Photo Awards – Meeting With Photographer

During the meeting, Ami Vitale will guide participants into different realities of our planet: a fragile organism, on which we rely and which we must understand how to preserve. We will have the opportunity to get to know, through her extraordinary images, the unique stories of one of the most famous contemporary photographers, who will [ … ]

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Israel Photography Conference

The Israel Photography Conference is the main event of the photography community in Israel, which is designed to inspire and broaden horizons for amateur and professional photographers alike. The Galitz Group, which aims to promote the photography community in Israel, is constantly working to raise the level from conference to conference and give its participants [ … ]

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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

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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