Ami Vitale

Photographer, Filmmaker

Ami Vitale is a contract photographer, filmmaker, writer, and explorer with National Geographic. Ami’s journey has taken her to nearly 100 countries, focusing on some of today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. Vitale has documented wildlife and poaching in East Africa, covered human-elephant conflict, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild. She has garnered prestigious awards, such as Magazine Photographer of the Year from the National Press Photographer’s Association, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and Photographer of the Year International. Ami is also a six-time recipient of World Press Photo recognition, including 1st Prize for her 2017 National Geographic magazine story about elephants and 1st Prize the year before for her National Geographic work with giant pandas. 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). Ami is a Nikon Ambassador and 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. She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.