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An Evening with Ami Vitale

November 9, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, writer, and explorer Ami Vitale, as she takes us on a journey, sharing powerful stories that drive change and inspire us all to push boundaries and have impact in our daily lives. Ami will share a series of powerful images and stories about people living on the front lines of war, climate change, and extinction who refuse to let cataclysm define their future.

These are cautionary tales of human impact and an invitation to take action. If the people in these stories do so much with just hope, resilience, and imagination, Ami asks, what might we all accomplish together?

This event is part of the Institute for Integrative Conservation’s 2023-24 Conservation Speaker Series: “Histories and Hope”, and is presented in collaboration with the Muscarelle Museum of Art in celebration of the W&M Year of the Arts. The talk will be followed by a reception.

About Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale has been named one of the most influential conservation photographers of her generation and is Conservation International’s Lui-Walton Innovators Fellow. She has travelled to more than 100 countries, documenting the heartbreaking realities of war and witnessing the inspiring power of individuals making a difference. 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.

In 2022, she was awarded with the prestigious prizes from 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. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ami has also been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year award, received the Daniel Pearl for Outstanding Journalism award and is a six-time recipient of World Press Photos.

She is author of the best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas.

Ami is the founder and Executive Director of Vital Impacts which uses art and storytelling to support people and organizations who are protecting our planet. The organization has brought together today’s most compelling environmental artists to rally around a cause— inspiring the next generation of environmental stewardship. Their award-winning imagery brings to life the biodiversity crisis and the people and programs working toward a sustainable future. They also support environmental storytellers with grants and mentoring.


November 9, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Institute for Integrative Conservation


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