Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale’s journey as a photographer & filmmaker have taken her to over 100 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest & violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. She has lived in mud huts & war zones, contracted malaria, & donned a panda suit all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” After more than a decade covering conflict, she couldn’t help but notice that the less sensational but equally true stories were often not getting told. Her belief that “you can’t talk about humanity without talking about nature” led her to chronicle her journey from documenting warzones to telling some of the most compelling wildlife &environmental stories of our time, where individuals are making a profound difference in the future of this planet.

The Last Goodbye:Joseph Wachira, 26, comforts Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on the planet, moments before he passed away at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya.

Ami Vitale is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine. She has documented wildlife and poaching in Africa, covered human-wildlife conflict, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild. Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, among others.

Kamara is nuzzled by black rhino Kilifi who he hand-raised along with two other baby rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Ami Vitale is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her 2018 National Geographic magazine story about a community in Kenya protecting elephants. She recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Vitale was the subject of the Mission Cover Shot series on the National Geographic Channel as well as another documentary series featuring Madagascar (Over the Islands of Africa). She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

She is also a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face.