Caption: Anne Ledakanya, the first woman Samburu guide in northern Kenya greets old friend Fupi, an orphaned giraffe who was successfully released back to the wild at Sarara Camp. Years after his reintroduction, Fupi often comes to check in on the people who rescued him. All photos by Ami Vitale.
Photography has the unique ability to transcend language and help us understand our deep connections to one another and to all of life on this planet. It is the ultimate tool for creating empathy, awareness, and making sense of our world we share.
Vital Impacts founder Ami Vitale has created a series of visual storytelling workshops for 40 conservationists from across Kenya that we hope will unite and amplify another generation of powerful storytellers. Please follow them on Instagram at @wild.lifeincolour.
WHO gets to take the photos and tell the stories MATTERS. Which images are included, what’s emphasized and what’s ignored depend on the narrators themselves.
Ami partnered with Wanjiku Kinuthia of Maliasili and invited conservationists from across Kenya. The organizations involved are Blue Ventures
, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies
, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association
, Greater Mara Management
,Association of Land Owners (SORALO)
, Lion Guardians
, Ewaso Lions
, Communities Health Africa Trust (C.H.A.T), Kenya Wildlife Service
, Grevy's Zebra Trust
, Taita Wildlife Conservancies
, Mount Kenya Trust
, Ol Pejeta Conservancy,Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
and Sarara Foundation.
National Geographic photographer Maggie Steber, Wanjiku Kinuthia, Rebecca Nicola, Carra O'Neal and James Mwenda shared their hearts and minds and brought tools, skills and stories for these intensive workshops.