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Conservation in a Panda Costume with Ami Vitale

interviews Nov 14, 2022

National Geographic wildlife photographer Ami Vitale sits down with Sharon to talk about her adventures around the world. Ami is dedicated to spending time with people, places, and animals and sharing their authentic and intimate stories through her camera lens. She speaks about her passion for creativity and environmental conservation efforts, and the idea that an individual may not have the power to change the world, but a great many people taking patient, determined steps together can turn the tide and make a difference.


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About the Guest:

Ami Vitale, National Geographic photographer, writer and documentary filmmaker has traveled to more than 100 countries, documenting the heartbreaking realities of war to 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.  


She has been named one of the most influential conservation photographers of her generation and is Conservation International's Innovators Fellow. 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 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 also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Vital Impacts which uses art to empower and engage youth through the arts to become activists and influence their peers in the world. She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and will be featured on the National Geographic Channel Explorer tv series in 2023. 


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