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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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The Amazon Rainforest Workshop – New Dates Coming Soon

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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National Geographic Live Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions in Washington, D.C.

Ami will be delivering the talk Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 30, 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.” —Ami Vitale Experience our [ … ]

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National Geographic Live Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions in Irvine, CA

Ami will be delivering the talk Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions with National Geographic Live in Irvine, CA on May, 13, 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.” —Ami Vitale Experience our [ … ]

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Storytellers Photo Conference

Ami Vitale will be a speaker at the Storytellers 2020 Photo Conference in Miami Beach, May 17-19. Attendees will widen their visions as storytellers, expand their abilities in business, in technique and philosophically under the guidance of some of the best in documentary photography. She will be joined by fellow coaches Matt Eich, Sharon Farmer, [ … ]

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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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Nikon Donates New Z 50 and Lenses to Joseph Wachira at NYWild Film Festival

I was honored to introduce the moving documentary film Kifaru directed by David Hambridge about the last male northern white rhino, “Sudan” at the 7th Annual New York Wild Film Festival opening night. Joseph “JoJo” Wachira flew in from Ol Pejeta in Kenya for the festival where Nikon surprised him with a new Nikon Z [ … ]

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