Ami Vitale@amivitale

Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Learn more about her flash print sale to support elephants.

https://www.amivitale.com/product/flash-print-sale-supporting-reteti-elephant-sanctuary/

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Photo by @amivitale. Yesterday, firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, part of the team from Cal Fire’s San Diego unit lost his life battling the #ThomasFire in California. He is survived by his wife, Ashley, their 2-year-old daughter Evie and are expecting a second daughter this spring. My sincerest condolences to Cory's family and friends and all of the brave men and women rushing in to fight this behemoth. I am so sorry and also grateful for everyone out there helping right now. This fire has consumed more than 250,000 acres and is currently the fourth largest wildfire in California's history.
If you would like to help, the Los Angeles Times has a great listing of ways to get involved. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-fires-20171208-story.html

#thomasfire #california #wildfire #hope #ventura
#climatechange #climatescience
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Thank you to the firefighters and incredible communities coming together to help one another. My sister and her husband lost their home to the fires in Ventura this week. It came so quickly they only had time to alert their neighbors and get out. While this latest disaster has been devastating to witness, it also reminds me of the best of humanity. The spirit, joy of life and sense of hope from those who have lost everything has been met with kindness and generosity of friends, family, and even strangers.  My beautiful brother in law said, "I’ve cried a lot, but not at the loss of stuff. Instead, I’ve been touched by the kindness and generosity of friends, family, and strangers." Right now, Southern California is ablaze. Over 250,000 acres have already been burnt, and the largest of the fires, the Thomas fire in Ventura Santa Barbara Counties currently has burnt over 242,500 acres. The fires have been directly attributed to climate change. The LATimes reports that the Santa Ana winds are fanning them and the air is the driest its has ever been in recorded history - much drier than what would even be seen in an interior desert in the summer. Rainfall is below average, and the abundant foliage that was killed by the hottest summer on record is feeding it.  Climate change is very much here. These fires are the latest in the long series of climate change related natural disasters we’ve seen this year, including wildfires that raged through Sonoma Country and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
There are lots of ways you can get involved to help, if you're interested. For starters, the United Way of Ventura County is raising money to help those impacted.
#thomasfire #california #wildfire #hope #ventura
#climatechange #climatescience
@natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa

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Photo by @amivitale. An orphaned elephant calf comforts a new arrival at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa's first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. The calves at @r.e.s.c.u.e, ranging from a few weeks to two years old, were orphaned due to poaching, human-wildlife conflict or drought related conditions. They have formed their own herd at the sanctuary, caring for one another, and providing comfort and help to those who need it.

Due to popular demand, the @r.e.s.c.u.e benefit fine art print sale has been extended through Dec. 16. We will do everything we can to get your prints to you in a timely manner, however, we cannot guarantee that prints ordered after Dec. 12 will arrive in time for Christmas.

Read the full story about @r.e.s.c.u.e in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work.
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond500


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Photo by @amivitale. Two elephant calves nuzzle each other at Reteti Animal Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa's first community owned and operated animal sanctuary. Elephants are highly sensitive; if a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it. The elephants at @r.e.s.c.u.e were rescued after being orphaned — some due to drought and environmental conditions, others due to poaching.
Due to popular demand, the @r.e.s.c.u.e benefit fine art print sale has been extended through Dec. 16. We will do everything we can to get your prints to you in a timely manner, however, we cannot guarantee that prints ordered after Dec. 12 will arrive in time for Christmas. (Link in profile)

Read the full story about @r.e.s.c.u.e in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work.
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5


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Photo by @amivitale. Each day, from 6am to 6pm, the orphaned elephant calves of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) head into the wilderness so they can learn how to behave in the wild. They spend their days stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, and, best of all, taking luxurious mud baths. They may even encounter other wild animals, which will help them learn how to respond when they are on their own in the future. @r.e.s.c.u.e plans to release the elephants in groups, once they are old enough and strong enough to survive on their own.
If you missed your chance to order a print in support of this incredible sanctuary, you have one more opportunity. Due to popular demand, we have decided to extend the @r.e.s.c.u.e benefit fine art print sale sale through Dec. 16. We will do everything we can to get your prints to you in a timely manner, however, we cannot guarantee that prints ordered after Dec. 12 will arrive in time for Christmas.

Read the full story about @r.e.s.c.u.e in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work.
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5


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Photo by @amivitale. Today is the final day you can purchase a fine art print of Mpala and the gang at the watering hole. Your purchase will support an incredible story of #HOPE and a way forward to protecting #ELEPHANTS and supporting the #COMMUNITIES protecting them. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this fine art print sale will go to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa's very first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. This sale ends today, Sunday, Dec. 10. (Link for purchase and instructions in profile). #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5


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Photo by @amivitale. Only two days to support an incredible story of #HOPE and a way forward to protecting #ELEPHANTS and supporting the #COMMUNITIES protecting them by purchasing a print. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this fine art print sale will go to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa's very first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. The sale ends Sunday, Dec. 10. Link for purchase and instructions in profile). In this photo, an elephant observes me as I photograph him at @loisaba_conservancy in #Laikipia, northern #Kenya. Elephants are among the world's most intelligent species. They express a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, altruism, use of tools, compassion, self-awareness, memory, and language. Researchers recently discovered that elephants can distinguish differences in human gender, age, and ethnicity purely by the sound of someone’s voice. If the voice belongs to a person who is more likely to pose a threat, the elephants switch into defensive mode.

#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond4s


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SO EXCITING!!! @paperandinkstudio studio is hard at work, making the fine art prints for my sale in support of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.u.e), Africa's very first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. These prints will shipped to their owners today, but if you'd like one, order now. The flash sale ends IN JUST THREE DAYS this Sunday, Dec. 10. (Link to sale and directions for ordering in profile.) #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Photo by @amivitale. THREE days left to support an incredible story of #HOPE and a way forward to protecting #ELEPHANTS and supporting the #COMMUNITIES protecting them. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this fine art print sale will go to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa's very first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. The sale ends Sunday, Dec. 10. (See the link in my profile for instructions how to order)

In this photo, a wild #elephant herd passes through an area called #Loijuk south east of @r.e.s.c.u.e Pictured is one of the herds the elephants @r.e.s.c.u.e cares for might be able to join once they are strong enough to return to the wild. One of the great benefits @r.e.s.c.u.e offers is that now these elephant calves are raised near where they were rescued and they might someday be able to return to the same herds they were originally separated from.
What’s happening at @r.e.s.c.u.e, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they once feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. Read the full story in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work.
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond4s


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Photo by @amivitale. Today, @Time Magazine named the #metoo movement as the person of the year, a movement that has brought so many women forward to tell their stories in order to change the systematic #gender imbalances and violence against women across the world. This movement reveals how much further we have to go in eradicating them and also that we are making great strides in getting there.
It's moments like these that I am reminded how proud I am to be a part of @rippleeffectimages, helping #empower women and girls world wide through education opportunities. If we can create a world with a truly equal playing field, we will have the power to change it.

This photo was taken during a #Fulani baby naming ceremony and the girls put on lipstick for the special occasion. There were a lot of beautiful healthy fat babies there, despite this being a very dry and remote part of #Benin. The women told me it was because of a solar irrigated garden and how much it helped changed their lives.
#silencebreakers #women #WhistleBlowers #courage #speakup #womenarethefuture #thefutureisfemale #womenpower #womenempowerment #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond4s @thephotosociety


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Photo by @amivitale. Today is #WildlifeConservationDay, a good time to think about and help all of the incredible animals who need us. Please read my full story story on Reteti Elephant Sanctu (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in @natgeo and please support @r.e.s.c.u.e through my print drive. One HUNDRED percent of the profits will go back to supporting the elephants and the people protecting them (and there are only 6 days left to get your print. - Link in profile.) In this photo, Shaba, Bawa and Pokot snuggle in the boma of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first community owned sanctuary in all of Africa. What’s happening at @r.e.s.c.u.e, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they once feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.

#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5


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Photo by @amivitale. A group of Samburu, who are semi-nomadic pastoralists, stand looking over the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy from the Mathews Range Mountains. Namunyak's 850,000 acres contain higher populations of large mammals than any other landscape (protected or unprotected) in Kenya, including the second-largest elephant population in the country, with more than 6,300 individuals. Conservation efforts here are focusing on both preventing habitat loss and stopping the spread of poaching, lead by the local communities.

Read the full story about this transformation in @natgeo and please support them by purchasing a print. One HUNDRED percent of the profits will go back to supporting the elephants and the people protecting them. (Link in profile.) #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5


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