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Impacting This World with Ami Vitale

Join us this May 15-17, 2024 in one of the world's most intriguing playgrounds to engage, immerse, and connect with experts in the fields of nature and wildlife photography. More than just that, choose to care for this world that we live and the beautiful spaces we love to photograph.

This year, at the Annual Yellowstone Photography Symposium, we are incredibly excited to have Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer, writer, filmmaker and speaker Ami Vitale join us. One of the our key values with the Yellowstone Photography Symposium is to join alongside others who are engaged in impacting this world for good.

Ami Vitale - Keynote Speaker YPS 2024

Ami has been a pioneer in creating unique stories that amplify the work of communities on the front lines of grassroots conservation. She has traveled to more than 100 countries, documenting the heartbreaking realities of war to witnessing the inspiring power of individuals making a difference.

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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.” Her award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect wildlife and finding harmony in our natural world. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries.

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Ami has been called one of the most influential photographers of her generation and is Conservation International's 2022 Innovators Fellow. In 2022, she was awarded with prestigious prizes from both the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service and the Lucie Humanitarian Award. Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done.

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She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. She is a six-time recipient of World Press Photos and author of the best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Her films have won dozens of awards and her most recent work, Shaba, is an Official Selection at the Wildscreen festival. Ami lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series and will be featured on National Geographic Channel Explorer tv series in 2023.

Image by Ami Vitale #4 Pandas

Join a talk by National Geographic photographer and filmmaker, Ami Vitale, as she shares her personal journey—from documenting the heartbreaking realities of war to witnessing the inspiring power of an individual to make a difference. Her award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world. Hear her awe-inspiring stories of saving the last of northern white rhinos from extinction, reintroducing giant pandas to the wild, as well as the heartwarming story of Kenya’s first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary.

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Ami shares personal stories about individuals who, against all odds, are are making a profound difference in the future of their communities and this planet.

Ami will be serving as our keynote presenter on Thursday, May 16th as well as teaching on Friday, May 17th during the Symposium.

Image by Ami Vitale - Ami Vitale Keynote Speaker

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