National Geographic Magazine photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.”
In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last northern white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done.
She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a nonprofit collective of world-class storytellers whose work highlights aid groups that empower women and girls as forces of nature. She is chair of the Photographers Advisory Board for National Geographic and founder of Vital Impacts, a women-owned and operated organization whose mission is to support grassroots organizations who are protecting people, wildlife and habitats through storytelling. Ami is based in Montana.
Follow Ami on Instagram at @amivitale.