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Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale’s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 85 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian. She is an internationally known and respected journalist whose work has garnered multiple World Press Photo 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 and Photographer of the Year International. Her stories have also been awarded numerous grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by prestigious Magnum Photos, the Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace supported her in work in West Africa.

Ami has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an organization of well-known scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful and persuasive stories illustrating the very specific problems women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them. ‘Confronting climate change, one woman at a time’, She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Alexia Foundation’s Board of Directors.

And in 2010, Ami has been the Senior Producer for Multimedia, at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication where she got her Masters and worked on a project on women’s pregnancy and infant mortality in Sierra Leone and a feature film about migration and climate change in Bangladesh.

Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contributor to 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.