Ami Vitale's journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 75 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 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 and Smithsonian. Her work has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photo, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie Awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and the Magazine Photographer of the Year Award, among many others.
Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic Magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is currently writing a book about the stories behind her images.