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Meet Ami Vitale: A Speaker at Our Upcoming ESGx Event on July 14th

Meet one of photography’s most empowering and talented women, Ami Vitale, who has devoted her life to photography.

Ami Vitale is an ambassador for Nikon and a National Geographic photographer. Growing up in Florida Vitale described her self as shy and awkward until she realized that being behind a camera gave her the confidence she didn’t know she needed, “I realized that being behind the camera is really where I got my courage. The camera became my passport to engaging with the world around me. It is an incredible tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures and countries, a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share.”

Vitale has followed in the footsteps of iconic female photographers such as Eve Arnold and Inge Morath, leading her to become one of the world’s most empathetic visual storytellers, traveling to more than 100 countries in the past 18 years where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also unending surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

One of Ami Vitale’s most renowned photos. Voted Best of Decade by National Geographic Readers.

Over the years, Vitale has lived everywhere from mud huts to war zones, contracting malaria, and donning a panda suit - staying true to her belief in the importance of ‘living the story.’ Her work has been commissioned by nearly every international publication, been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries, and has been part of numerous private collections. She has garnered prestigious awards including being a five-time recipient of the World Press Photos, the first Magnum Inge Morath grant, International Photographer of the Year prize, and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting - to name just a few. Her first book, Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas, was published in 2018 and made the bestseller list. She was recently named by Instyle magazine as one of The 50 Badass women changing the world, celebrating women who show up, speak up, and get things done. Appearing alongside Jane Goodall and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, among others. Moreover, Vitale is also a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, an organization of renowned female writers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists who are working together to create powerful and persuasive stories that shed light on the hardships that women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them.

The scientists dress as pandas so the captive-bred bears are to some extent sheltered from human contact.

We are lucky enough to have Ami Vitale speak in our upcoming ESGx event on July 14th. If you want to hear Vitale’s opinions on human’s relationship with nature register below for our ESGx event: Re-thinking Our Relationship With Nature.

“In the beginning, photography was my passport to meeting people, learning, and experiencing new cultures. Now it is more than just a passport. It’s a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share.” - Ami Vitale

You can see more work by Ami Vitale on her website or you can follow her on Instagram.

On June 30th, ESGX will host "Survival Instinct: Rethinking Our Relationship With Nature" to discuss:

  1. How are the frictions between people and wildlife growing?

  2. Did this contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic?

  3. How has funding been impacted?

  4. How can we best support wildlife organizations and educators?

Register here for the free event

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