Ami Vitale


Ami Vitale is a photographer, writer and filmmaker currently based in Montana. She is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine. 

Her work has taken her to over 100 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. She has documented stories about the planet’s most pressing issues, including wildlife and poaching in Africa, the human-wildlife conflict, climate change-precipitated migration, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild. 

Vitale was 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. She 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 and teaches workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide. Vitale is 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.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2021 World Press Photo Contest winner
2018 World Press Photo Contest winner
2017 World Press Photo Contest winner
2015 World Press Photo Contest winner
2005 World Press Photo Contest winner
2003 World Press Photo Contest winner

Ami Vitale on Social Media:
Instagram: @amivitale

Ami Vitale