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About Ami

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.”  In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images and is on the Photojournalism Advisory Council for the Alexia Foundation Currently based in Montana, frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She can be reached at ami@amivitale.com.

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Upcoming Events

New York Wild Film Festival Opening Night

I am honored to be hosting opening night of the New York Wild Film Festival. We’re screening Best Adventure Film, “8000+”, and the Best Impact Film, “Kifaru,” about the last northern white rhinos on the planet and their selfless Kenyan caretakers. Following the film, I am thrilled that rhino keeper Joseph “JoJo” Wachira will be [ … ]

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The Travel Corporation International Women’s Day Talks and Panel Session in Toronto

On Mar. 3, 2020 in Toronto, The Travel Corporation is celebrating inspiring women trailblazers who are helping to create an equal world during International Women’s Week. Ami Vitale will be speaking alongside extraordinary women like Patricia Schultz, Roxanne Joyal, Sarain Fox and Nadine Sykora. We’ll discuss why we’ve chosen our path, and how we’ve overcome [ … ]

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National Geographic Live Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions in Eugene, Oregon

Ami will be delivering the talk Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon on Mar. 1, 2020. Purchase tickets here. “I realized that if I wanted to cover anything, I should spend time to understand it. And to do that, you have to go live the story.” [ … ]

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A Deeper Relationship With Nature in San Francisco

Ami Vitale – National Geographic photographer, writer, filmmaker, Nikon Ambassador, and instructor – will explore our deeper relationship with nature and each other with her presentation, “Stories about our home, our future, and the interdependence of all life.” She will be joined by the documentary film, “John Muir, Unruly Mystic” which explore the life and [ … ]

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Africa

Behind the Scenes at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

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I am excited to release a new, behind the scenes film on my work in Kenya with Reteti Elephant Sanctuary for World Elephant Day. I hope it gives a glimpse into the powerful story of a community coming together to protect and save these magnificent creatures. I am grateful to Katy at Sprout Films for [ … ]

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Europe

TEDxBergamo: Falling in Love With a Unicorn

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On Mar. 16, 2019 Ami delivered the talk “Falling in Love With a Unicorn” to a sold out crowd at TEDxBergamo. In it, she discusses the foundations of her work and how falling in love with a rhino named Sudan changed the course of her life and the lives of many others. Watch the whole [ … ]

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The Amazon Rainforest Workshop

I am thrilled to be offering The Amazon Rainforest Workshop, a trip and workshop of a lifetime with my two great friends and fellow Nikon Ambassadors, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey. As your photographic leaders, we will be guiding you through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and the cultural historical capital of Quito. Ecuador has the [ … ]

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Africa

Win a Trip With Ami Vitale to Kenya!

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I am thrilled to announce that I’m launching a chance to WIN a guided trip with me to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos in the world, and the incredible people who care for them. You will also get a brand new Nikon Z [ … ]

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