NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILMMAKER
As a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and ambassador for Nikon, Ami Vitale has travelled to more than 94 countries, witnessing civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.
Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit — all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” Recently, she has turned her lens to documenting compelling wildlife stories. Her career has brought her face-to-face with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.
Her work is exhibited around the world in museums, galleries and as part of numerous private collections. She has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, the International Photographer of the Year prize, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association, among others. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission to create powerful stories illustrating the specific issues facing women in developing countries. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Alexia Foundation's Photojournalism Advisory Board.
Now based in Montana, Ami continues to create films and stories on the planet's most pressing issues and frequently gives lectures and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.