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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

The 6th Annual New York WILD Film Festival

New York WILD is a must-attend film festival for anyone curious about groundbreaking wildlife behavior, astonishing feats of adventure, and topical stories about the environment. The festival runs from Feb. 22-24. The film Ami Vitale made of Dave Matthews visiting Reteti Elephant Sanctuary will be screened on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the 6th Annual New [ … ]

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Czech Photo Centre Exhibit – Hope | Extinction

Ami Vitale’s work on hope and extinction will be on display at the Czech Photo Centre in a solo show from Feb. 28-Apr. 7, 2019. Drawing from 10 years of her photography, the show will include her World Press Photo winning coverage of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, which was published by National Geographic, her documentation on [ … ]

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Tedx Bergamo, Italy

Ami will be delivering a Tedx talk in Bergamo, Italy on Mar. 16. The topic for the talks is Wonder. Purchase tickets here.

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Africa

Win a Guided Trip With Ami Vitale to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta

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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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Africa

National Geographic Storytellers Seminar

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The National Geographic Storytellers Summit is a multi-day celebration of story, featuring the photographers, filmmakers, journalists, and data visualizers who witness the major events of our time, illuminate critical issues, and inspire action. Photographer and National Geographic Explorer Ami Vitale delivered the talk, “How to Photograph Hope.” Ami has covered conflict, violence, and heartbreak—like photographing [ … ]

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Botswana Photographic Safari with Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale will be leading a 9-day photographic safari through two of Botswana’s most wildlife rich regions. The safari will take place Oct. 9-Oct. 17. This safari will travel through Botswana’s Chobe National Park and the remarkable Okavango Delta, where guests can make use of Ami’s extensive knowledge as well as specially adapted safari vehicles and on-site [ … ]

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Africa

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary: Community United for Elephants

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At Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya, the first-ever community-owned and run sanctuary in all of Africa, rescued orphaned elephants are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu community. They are lovingly rehabilitated and raised with the ultimate goal to reintroduce them back into the wild. The sanctuary isn’t just about saving elephants; it’s [ … ]

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