Vital Impacts is deeply committed to actively seek ways to foster and support the next generation of photographers and humanitarians. We work to illuminate personal stories about individuals who are making profound changes in their communities. We also mentor and create grant opportunities for these individuals.
Vital Impacts created a year-long visual storytelling mentorship program for 40 Kenyan conservationists who are working to protect endangered wildlife and their threatened terrestrial and ocean habitats in Kenya.
Shaba, a film by Vital Impacts founder Ami Vitale, tells the story of Reteti, an extraordinary community in the mountains of Kenya who have built a sanctuary for orphaned elephants to rehabilitate them back to the wild.
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the very first indigenous owned and operated elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. The project is not just changing attitudes about elephants, it’s changing attitudes about women too; the secret to the Reteti’s success is the special bond between the keepers and one special elephant named Shaba.
Through ticket sales and direct donations, the film helped raised over $250,000 in a time of great need. At $10/bottle, these funds could feed all of the orphaned baby elephants 8 times/day for 125 days for a total of 25,000 feedings.
Prints for Sale
Vital Impacts has raised $1,500,000 through the sale of fine art prints. We passed these profits onto unique conservation and humanitarian efforts.
Vital Impacts combines the sale of fine art prints with powerful visual storytelling to fund conservation efforts around the globe.
We carefully curate and offer a selection of fine-art photographic images by photographers who are renowned for their tireless dedication to safeguarding our world. Our goal is twofold: help communities find solutions to protect the planet, while supporting photographers