Ami Vitale

Photographer and filmmaker Panos Pictures / Ripple Effect Images, USA

Ami Vitale's journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 75 countries. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries, and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time and Smithsonian. Vitale is an internationally known and respected journalist, whose work has garnered World Press Photos awards, POYi awards, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and the Magazine Photographer of the Year award by the National Press Photographers Association. Her stories have also been awarded numerous grants, including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by Magnum Photos and the Canon Female Photojournalist Award for her work in Kashmir. The Alexia Foundation for World Peace supported her in work in West Africa. Vitale has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an organization of well-known scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission to create powerful and persuasive stories, illustrating the specific problems faced by women in developing countries and the programs that can help them. She is also a member of the executive advisory committee of the Alexia Foundation's board of directors.

Over the past year, Vitale has been the senior producer for multimedia at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication. Here she was awarded a masters degree and worked on a project on women's pregnancy and infant mortality in Sierra Leone, as well as a feature film about migration and climate change in Bangladesh.

Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is currently continuing her film work and writing a book about the stories behind the images.

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