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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

My New Film about Reteti Elephant Sanctuary at the International Wildlife Film Festival

In the mountains of northern Kenya, a Samburu community is doing something that has never been done before, building a sanctuary for orphaned elephants to rehabilitate them back to the wild. The project is not just changing attitudes about elephants, it’s changing attitudes about women too; the secret to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary’s success is [ … ]

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Shaba, on Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, at EarthX Film Festival

My new film, Shaba, about the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, has been selected for the EarthX film festival in Dallas, Texas. It will screen April 21 at 8pm at Victory Park and online on April 24 as part of the Animals Shorts Block. Learn more and get tickets here. I hope you’ll have a chance to [ … ]

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Every Day is Earth Day: Ami Vitale on Using Photography to Effect Change

On Friday, April 30th at 12pm ET, PhotoShelter is teaming up with National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, writer and explorer Ami Vitale. Ami will take us on an odyssey, sharing powerful stories about pushing boundaries and how she’s used her photography to make an impact. Ami will share her work to illustrate personal stories about individuals [ … ]

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Photography that Matters

In a talk hosted by Mike’s Camera and Nikon, Nikon Ambassadors Ami Vitale and Corey Rich will hold an open conversation about how to make a difference in the world through storytelling entitled Photography that Matters – with Ami Vitale and Cory Rich. They will candidly discuss passion, meaning and the craft of storytelling and [ … ]

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Africa

Ami Vitale on CBS Sunday Morning

Ami was honored to have recently been featured on the program CBS Sunday Morning in the segment, “Travel photographers on capturing images close to home.“ During the pandemic, photographers who are used to working in exotic locations have been focusing on more local subject matter, opening up new avenues of creativity. Correspondent Rita Braver talks [ … ]

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News

Ami Vitale Wins 2021 World Press Photo Award

My photograph of a Rothschild’s giraffe being rescued from Longicharo Island in western Kenya’s Lake Baringo has been honored with the First Place Award in the 2021 World Press Photo Nature Category. I am incredibly grateful to the people at Save Giraffes Now for giving me the opportunity to tell this story and to Kenya [ … ]

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Africa

Flash Print Sale to Support Northern White Rhino Keepers

For the month of February, I am holding a special fine art print offering of all my photographs of northern white rhinos. 100% of the profits will be donated directly to the keepers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world’s most vulnerable creatures.

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Conservation

First-Edition Scarf Sale to Benefit the BioRescue Project

I am pleased to share that my photo, “Dancer” is a part of the exclusive new Athena Collection of scarves from InFocus Canada. The series features some of North America’s most outstanding female photographers. Beautiful photography, elegant fashionable scarves, limited first edition, support of charity, sustainably and ethically produced. The photo is of a traditional [ … ]

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