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.
Check out the latest Better Photography. “Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. And I believe the way to find common ground is by seeing yourself in others. A lot of my work involves traveling to foreign countries and living in remote places. My job is to become invisible and get close to people and wildlife, so I can bring their stories to life. For me, the intimate moments always matter the most. It’s no different being in my home state of Montana, USA than it is being in a country five thousand miles away”. – See more at: http://betterphotography.in/perspectives/ami-vitale-not-about-the-image/44321/#sthash.rpWYrZ7X.dpuf
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 preserving wildlife and the communities protecting them.
Congratulations to: photo of the year winner Warren Richardson, Daniel Berehulak, Christian Bobst, Nancy Borowick, Mary F. Calvert, Mario Cruz, Abd Doumany, Sameer Al-Doumy, Anuar Patjane Floriuk, Corentin Fohlen, Kevin Frayer, David Guttenfelder, Niclas Hammarstrom, Paul Hansen, Chen Jie, Rohan Kelly, Bulent Kilic, John J. Kim, Matjaz Krivic, Tim Laman, Zhang Lei, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, Jonas Lindkvist, Mauricio Lima, Sebastian Liste, Dario Mitidieri, Greg Nelson, Kazuma Obara, Adriane Ohanesian, Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Vladimir Pesnya, Sergey Ponomarev, Warren Richardson, Zohreh Saberi, Roberto Schmidt, Brent Stirton, Sergio Tapiro, Tara Todras-Whitehill, Christian Walgram, Magnus Wennman, Christian Ziegler, Francesco Zizola, and Matic Zorman.