Ami Vitale@amivitale

Ami Vitale is National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, speaker and Nikon ambassador. Win a trip to Kenya and support Reteti elephant sanctuary.

http://prizeo.com/elephants

Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Elephant Day! Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild.
You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews in concert, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @prizeo (Link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #worldelephantday


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Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Elephant Day! Naomi embraces Nadasoit at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Now that Nadasoit has become big and strong, she is following in the footsteps of the matriarch of the herd. She cares for the littlest, keeping them close to her and comforts those who are mourning or sad. She also teaches those younger than her how to do important things, like find the best brush to eat or how to navigate difficult passages in their daily walks.
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews in concert, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @prizeo (Link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #worldelephantday


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Film by @amivitale. Happy #WorldElephantDay! Feeding time at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Reteti's nutritionists prepare specially developed formula for the orphans which is then delivered to them wherever they may be - in the field or in the boma. Feeding is a big part of the day’s work for the handlers and drinking is a noisy, slurpy affair. “Before, I was afraid of wild animals, especially elephants,” says Dorothy Lowuekuduk, one of the nutritionists, “but now I see them differently. The sanctuary has changed my feelings about elephants.” The elephants are fed 2 liter bottles, every three hours, around the clock.

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild.
You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews in concert, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @prizeo at prizeo.com/elephants (Link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
This film is a collaboration by @amivitale with @danehenrydigital and @brettlowell.

@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkeny#magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #amivitale #nikonlove #nikonnofilter


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Shahidul Alam, one of photography's most important voices, remains in the custody of the Bangladeshi authorities. He was badly beaten by authorities over the weekend and, struggling to walk, he needed physical support to appear before the judge. He is being held on unjustly on charges of making “provocative comments,” for discussing the ongoing student protests in Bangladesh with Al Jazeera and on his Facebook page. Scores of other journalists covering the manifestations have also been assaulted. Please stand in solidarity, raise your voice and sign the change.org petition calling for his immediate release at chn.ge/2LYJfGj
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I (@amivitale) had the wonderful opportunity to plant a sapling at Bisate Lodge near Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Wilderness Safaris (@wearewilderness) is reforesting the 103-acre concession in which the property is situated and hopes to plant 10,000 trees a year for the next several years. The lodge invites its guests to get involved and plant a sapling of indigenous trees such as the African redwood.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #volcanoesnationalpark #everydayafrica #photooftheday #conservation #savetheplanet #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Photo by @amivitale. Gorillas from the Muhoza group swing through the brush in Volcanoes National Park. In Rwanda, 96 permits are sold each day, and they sell out quickly during peak season from June through September. Hikers are permitted to track 12 of the 20 gorilla families that inhabit the park; hikers are divided into groups of eight, and each group tracks one gorilla family. The families live in different areas, and the hikes range from two to eight hours.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #virunga #volcanoesnationalpark #everydayafrica #mountaingorilla #muhoza #conservation #savetheplanet #gorillas #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Devastated to hear of the unjust detention of Shahidul Alam (@shahidul001), founder of Drik & of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (@pathshala.institute). He is a luminary in photojournalism world. I join with voices across the world calling for his release.

#FreeShahidulAlam


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Photo by @amivitale. Workers pick tea in the lush fields outside Nyungwe National Park in southwest Rwanda. The country’s volcanic soil and rolling hills help create ideal growing conditions for the nation’s largest export.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #everydayafrica #loveafrica #nyungwenationalpark #nyungwe #traveldeeper #photooftheday #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Photo by @amivitale. In 1994, Aloys Mutiribambe, pictured, massacred Laurent Mutaganda’s family. Today they live together in the village of Mbyo, Rwanda. Two old men, hip to hip, one who did the unthinkable, another who suffers the unthinkable. Together they live in one of Rwanda’s several “reconciliation villages,” where exterminators and those who escaped them live side-by-side.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #everydayafrica #photooftheday #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Ranger Day! Josephine Rwanda, Lucy Lelemoyog and Rose Lelukumani are the first female wildlife rangers within the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy, part of northern Kenya's Northern Rangeland Trust (@nrt_kenya). Kalama is home to some of Kenya's most iconic animals, including elephants, leopards, kudu, waterbuck, and more. It takes guts, a passion for the environment, and nerves of steel to protect these endangered animals and the people living side by side with them.
#worldrangerday #kalamawildlifeconservancy #bekindtowildlife #protectwildlife #wildlife #northernkenya #everydayafrica #kenya #whyilovekenya #everydayafrica #photojournalism @nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #amivitale @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Photo by @amivitale. Women living in Kigali work together inside a clothing shop nearby Nyamirambo Women’s Center (@umutima_rwanda), a Rwandan nonprofit, works to address gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #kigalirwanda #everydayafrica #kigali #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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Photo by @amivitale. Workers pluck tea in a sun-drenched field near Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. Rwandans have worked steadily to heal and renew themselves and their country in the years after the genocide, sewing seeds of hope for the future along the way.

I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine (@afarmedia). It's on newsstands now in the July/August 2018 issue and explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide or you can read online at bit.ly/AfarRwanda

#rwanda #everydayafrica #loveafrica #nyungwenationalpark #nyungwe #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS


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