Ami Vitale @amivitale

Ami Vitale is a @natgeo photographer, filmmaker, speaker and @nikonusa ambassador. New book- Panda Love: the secret life of pandas

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Photo by @davematthewsband. I am honored and excited to have our film with the incredibly kind and talented @davematthewsband, @conservationorg and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) screen at this year's New York WILD Film Festival (@nywildfilmfest) during Sunday's family program. This film was part of a campaign to raise funding for the community of Samburu in northern Kenya who are protecting and raising orphaned elephants. It's the first indigenously owned elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. I have no words to express my profound gratitude to all the passionate people in these places and everyone who came forward to support the sanctuary.  The festival runs from Feb. 21-24. Learn more and get tickets by clicking on the link in my profile.

#natureisspeaking #nywild #filmfestival #explorediscoverprotect @the_explorers_club @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @natgeoimagecollection @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @nikonusa #protectelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonambassador

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Photo by @jennygnichols. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @jennygnichols // Young women ride bikes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. This is a still image from the film Afghan Cycles (@afghancycles). @AfghanCycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change. @jennynichols played the role of Photographer/Cinematographer/Producer for @afghancycles. Afghan Cycles is currently in the international film festival circuit. www.pongomediaproductions.com
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#afghancycles #afghanistan #bamiyan

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Photo by @maggiesteber. Yesterday, I had the great honor to award @maggiesteber the @natgeo Photographer's Photographer Award. When I think of her work, there really is both solace and joy in it. It offers us an almost spiritual release that we may not have even known we sought. She is an inspiration to all of us in so many ways; kind, compassionate and enduring.She beams with love and "brings out the better angels of our nature in all of us." I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this grant. Congratulations, Maggie!

This photo is from @maggiesteber's powerful longterm work chronicling her mother's battle with dementia.
From @maggiesteber // "MADJE SLEEPS. For 9 years I photographed my scientist mother Madje as she descended into the melancholic voyage of memory loss. My mother was my only family and I set sail with her through this journey and despite the increasing challenges for her, I saw my mother as her own woman at the end, a huge gift for me. I used photography as a kind of shield from the sad truth that she was going. The camera was my shield to get me through tough times. I always recommend to people that they photograph their loved ones, even until the end because it is a chronicle of their lives and at the end if you can stay the course, you become the warrior for your loved one and more importantly, if you choose to, you get to see who the person is beyond your personal framework. It was liberating in a joyful way. MediaStorm produced a multi-media piece from my work entitled Rite of Passage. This photograph was published in @natgeo when I shot a story on the science of sleep." @viiphoto @guggfellows #elders #dementia #sleep #family

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Photo by @estherhorvath. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @estherhorvath // “Lunch break of sea ice scientists of @awiexpedition in -40 F / -40 C in the Arctic Ocean.

It’s been four years since my first Arctic Ocean science expedition. During the first journey, I completely fell in love with the Arctic Ocean. I spent sleepless nights standing on the deck of our ship, mesmerised by the view. After returning, I decided to focus my photography on the disappearing Arctic Ocean sea ice. My main long-term documentary project follows @awiexpedition, Alfred Wegener Institute researching the changing Arctic Ocean sea ice. My aim is to document the work and life of the scientists that are delivering crucial information about this rapidly changing environment. Hopefully, this can bring to light how this fragile environment is disappearing right in front of our eyes. Since 2001, the Arctic Ocean sea ice thickness has decreased by 30%. Sea ice more than 4 years old is only 1% of all the ice in the Arctic Ocean. If only first year ice remains in the winter, that will lead to the first ice free summer in the Arctic Ocean. According to sea ice models, the Arctic Ocean may become ice free during the summer months within the next 20 years. This beautiful landscape will disappear along with the majority of the species that depend upon it.” Follow @estherhorvath for more important images. #alfredwegenerinstitute #icebird #climatechange #arctic #arcticocean #globalwarming #reaseach #science #scientist #expedition #stationnord #greenland

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Photo by @jodicobbphoto. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers.. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @jodicobbphoto // “Lake Thun, Switzerland, 1986. A raft emerges from the early morning fog. I have never been a natural history photographer, and this picture, taken early in my career, is one of my very few attempts at a landscape—but people are still there, ghostly by their absence. I had the mistaken idea that the only way to change the world—my unlikely ambition—was by exposing human injustice—and didn’t understand how landscapes and animal photographs, as beautiful as they were, could do that. How wrong I was!

Through the years my colleagues in natural history have astounded and amazed me with their dedication, drive and talent to expose the injustices to the planet. They’ve devoted their lives to conservation issues— putting their own lives in danger, subjecting themselves to hardships we can only imagine, and truly changing the world—and challenging the rest of us to do the same. They are my heroes.” Follow @jodicobbphoto for more beautiful images.

#raft #fog #lake #switzerland #jodicobb

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Photo by @thedanielledasilva. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @thedanielledasilva // “Meena's baby 'Mansoor' clutches to her fur in the Gunung Leuser National Park. The jungles of Sumatra are home to other critically endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant, and Sumatran orangutans like Meena and Mansoor; if we do not act quickly to not only change our behaviours, but to outright stop logging and conserve natural habitats, other beings like these beautiful orangutans will suffer the same fate as the Sumatran rhino. Over 50% of Sumatra's rainforests have been destroyed in only the past 40 years, and this destruction continues at an alarming rate to feed the world's insatiable appetite for cheap palm oil, which can be found in most packaged food products under different names such as 'vegetable oil.' But there are no silver bullets and boycotting palm oil isn't enough—because of the successful palm oil industry, Indonesia's people have been able to recover economically after deadly civil war sparked by colonialism. My personal work and our work at @photographerswithoutborders is so varied, supports the @unitednations goals, and reflects the intersectionality of what we must face together. Among many other grassroots projects, we are currently assisting: @lovetheoceans to create a marine-protected area in Mozambique; helping @haartkenya to maintain a shelter for human trafficking victims; and supporting @sambhalitrust in India with their programs for women and girls.” Follow @thedanielledasilva for images that inspire!

@photographerswithoutborders #photojournalism #orangutans #sumatra #wildlife #natureisspeaking #indonesia #nature #danielledasilva

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
For six weeks @cristinamittermeier and her team roamed the remote fjords and channels of the Great Bear Sea, the interior waters of coastal British Columbia that are home to large groups of humpback whales, schools of herring, runs of salmon and the occasional octopus. For the adventurous diver, the cold, rich waters of coastal B.C. offer an underwater spectacle that rivals any marine environment. Several species of jellyfish are seen often undulating in the current. Moon jellies—by far the most abundant—gather in the mouths of streams alongside spawning salmon. Perhaps they come to feast on the carcasses of the fish that don’t make it? Like ghostly apparitions, other mysterious “jellies” seem to come out of the deep and disappear just as inexplicably. She imagined this image long before she took it.
On a late summer afternoon, the ebbing tide picked up speed as it flowed between two islands and pulled the jellyfish with it. She jumped in the water and shared a moment with it as two insignificant creatures in a vast, living planktonic broth. Straining to keep up with the current and hoping that the jelly wouldn’t sink, she waited for the lacy tail of the jelly fish to extend fully as they drifted along the surface. Swiping the bubbles from the camera’s domed surface, she pulled the trigger, and immortalized the photo she had first imagined months before.

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#jellyfish #ocean #seas #moonjellies

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Photo by @amivitale. For the first time in years, I'm offering an overseas workshop! This October, I'll be leading a 9-day photographic safari through two of Botswana’s most wildlife rich regions. I would love for you to join me! Learn more by clicking on this link in my bio.
@natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa @thephotosociety #nikon #d7500 #nikonambassador #nikonlove #photojournalism #conservation #natureisspeaking #safari #africa #everydayafrica #worthmorealive #saveelephants #elephants #babyanimals

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Photo by @ggkenya. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From Georgina Goodwin (@ggkenya) // “Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) brothers at sunset in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Can you spot the second in the grass?
Cheetah are incredibly vulnerable. Half of their hunt chases, which last from 20 - 60 seconds, are unsuccessful. Cheetahs don't do well against other larger predators like the lion, leopard, and hyena, all of which compete with cheetahs for prey and will kill cheetahs given the opportunity.
In Kenya in the early 1980s, there were more than 5,000 cheetahs, now according to Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifetrust) there are only 1,000 cheetahs left in Kenya.
Right now, Kenya’s predators are in trouble. Our lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs are facing more threats than ever before, such as loss of habitat, ecosystems under pressure and conflict with humans. Realising this, the Kenya Wildlife Trust (@KWT) set up the Mara Predator Conservation Program to determine threats in the Greater Mara Ecosystem and to develop sustainable solutions to mitigate them. To follow and support their important work go to https://kenyawildlifetrust.org/category/predator-conservation”
#cheetahs #kenya #bigcats #catsofinstagram

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Photo by @michellevalbergphotography. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @michellevalbergphotography // “One of my most favourite things to do is to kayak with my camera at our cottage on Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada. For years, I had photographed these two common loons (they return every year) and I had always hoped they would nest close to our cottage. Last year, it finally happened.

Over the years, I had developed a great relationship with these two loons in particular and they became very accepting of my presence, even with their chicks. I am always out before the sun rises and on this morning, it was raining, which I think makes the image more dramatic and my low vantage point, makes it feel more intimate. Creating emotion with wildlife is always my top intention. Creating awareness to what we have to lose if we don't care for our planet better is also important.
You don't have to go to exotic far away places to photograph. Just go out into your own backyard, park, lake or nature trail and see what you can find! There will always be something there waiting for you.” Follow @michellevalbergphotography for more inspiring images.

#photojournalism #michellevalberg #nature #ontario #loons #canada #wildlife

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Photo by @moheim. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From Morgan Heim (@moheim) // “In the Pantanal of Brazil, tolerant ranching practices and a thriving tourism industry have created a haven for jaguar, and despite this moment, caiman. Caiman, once poached nearly to extinction, now number in the millions here. The jaguar of the Pantanal have evolved to hunt caiman, with stockier frames and strong jaws that allow them to bite through the caiman’s tough hide. But of course the meal doesn’t come easy. Brazil’s Pantanal is one of the few places in the world where you can witness this dynamic. I found myself marveling at the power of both of these animals, and couldn’t help feeling sorry for the caiman that day, even as I was happy for the jaguar. Though challenges remain for these species, including thoughtful management of the tourism industry that afforded me this experience, on this day we saw a healthy ecological relationship in action.” Follow @moheim for more inspiring images.

#photojournalism #jaguarhuntscaiman #jaguar #Brazil #Pantanal #strength #survival #nature

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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto. This week I’m sharing work from some of my favorite photographers covering natural history. Please join me in supporting these incredibly talented people!
From @jodymacdonaldphoto // “Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and they are disappearing faster than they are reproducing. Globally, their population has declined by approximately 62% over the last decade. The loss of elephants gravely affects many species that depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems and weakens the diversity of nature itself. They are running out of space and time.
Here, Rajan the elephant floats in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. The Andaman Archipelago consists of 325 islands and the rain forests on the islands contain more than 200 species of trees. With this incredible natural resource it’s not surprising that logging in the archipelago was prevalent throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. In the 70’s this elephant along with a handful of others were brought over to the islands as youngsters to do grueling work with the logging companies. They spent the next 30 years hauling these giant trees through the jungles. The logging companies had no way of transporting the elephants to the next island so the elephants would have to swim. Sometimes many miles between islands. When logging became banned in 2002, these elephants were out of a job. Rajan was the last surviving elephant of the group. He lived out his retirement days on one of the islands and lived among the giant trees he used to haul until his death in 2016.” Follow @jodymacdonaldphoto for more phenomenal images.
#elephant #saveelephants #rainforests #worthmorealive #bekindtoelephants

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