National Geographic photographer to speak in Bozeman

National Geographic photographer to speak in Bozeman

Rare rhino

Ami Vitale, the photographer, filmmaker, writer and explorer whose photographs — including this one — have graced covers of National Geographic magazine, will share a multimedia presentation of her travels throughout the world on Feb. 19 in Bozeman. 

BOZEMAN — National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, writer and explorer Ami Vitale will share a multimedia presentation of her travels throughout the world at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Emerson Center’s Crawford Theater.

Vitale will share her work showcased in National Geographic magazine as a contract photographer as well as her experiences traveling and photographing in more than 100 countries documenting a range of topics, including wildlife and poaching in Africa, human-wildlife conflict, the efforts to save the northern white rhino and the reintroduction of pandas to the wild.

A Nikon Ambassador, Vitale is also part of National Geographic’s soon to be released film, "Women of Impact." In 2018 InStyle Magazine named Vitale as one of its 50 “Badass Women,” a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She has received several international awards for her work. She recently published a book, “Panda Love,” about the secret lives of pandas.

Vitale is also a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers whose work focuses on issues faced by women in developing countries.

Vitale’s visit is sponsored by the MSU Honors College and was made possible by an endowment from the Hoffmann Family of Boise, Idaho. 

Vitale will conduct a master’s class for MSU students at 4 p.m. in Byker Auditorium, located in the Chemistry Building. Registration will open Feb. 9 online at:

Vitale’s lecture is free for MSU students and students under 18. General admission will be $10 at the door or $12 through EventBrite, with the additional $2 to cover online costs. 

To learn more about Vitale’s work in National Geographic, go to To learn more about Vitale, go to her website,

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