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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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Threshold Conversations Live With Ami Vitale

On August 27 at 7.30pm EDT, join me for a live interview hosted by Threshold, an award-winning podcast. Threshold explores environmental stories through the intersections of science, politics, culture, and environmental justice. They were recently honored with a Peabody Award for their coverage of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I’ll be discussing my wildlife conservation [ … ]

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Wild Hope: National Geographic Live at Santa Barbara

Award-winning National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale attests to the power of one individual to make a positive difference in the world. As a photojournalist, she has spent years covering wildlife conservation stories, producing work that illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world. Her coverage [ … ]

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SUSTAINABLE PHOTOGRAPHY: When Pictures Tell Stories for Change

Tune in to the Green Room with your questions as we host Ami Vitale, Photographer/ Filmmaker with National Geographic magazine on the Jan. 15 show, SUSTAINABLE PHOTOGRAPHY: When Pictures Tell Stories for Change. The Green Room is a webinar spearheaded by renowned sustainability leaders in different professions around the world. These leaders share their knowledge [ … ]

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The Amazon Rainforest Workshop

Join THREE renowned photographers; Ami Vitale, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey on the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador where you will experience the abundant wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and the culture of Quito, its historic capital. Ecuador has the highest level of biodiversity per square kilometer anywhere in the world and you [ … ]

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Portfolio Reviews with Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale is an experienced teacher and believes in the importance of helping emerging photographers develop their talent and offers insightful, honest advice. Ami offers one-hour, one-on-one virtual portfolio reviews where she discusses how you find the best picture and edit it into a cohesive story. Book yours today.

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Win a Trip to Ol Pejeta with Ami Vitale

Two years ago, Sudan, the last male northern white rhino died, surrounded by the people who loved and protected him. If there is meaning in his passing, it’s that all hope is not lost. Planet Earth is the only home we have and without rhinos and elephants and other wildlife, we suffer much more than [ … ]

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Ami Vitale on Afar Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2020

Ami Vitale is one of 20 honorees on Afar Magazine’s inaugural Women to Watch in 2020. In celebration of Women’s History Month, and using the Society of Woman Geographers as inspiration, Afar Magazine has reinvented the all-female travel society for the year 2020. “Singularly and together,” they say, “these travelers are our guides to exploring [ … ]

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Ami Vitale Named First TreadRight Wildlife Ambassador

In celebration of World Wildlife Day on March 3, The TreadRight Foundation named Ami Vitale its first ever Wildlife Ambassador. TreadRight urges each and every traveler to take their pledge to make travel matter, for our planet, our people and wildlife by refusing single use plastics and, when not possible, to recycle them. To offset [ … ]

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