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Ami Vitale’s journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to more than 80 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication including National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, New Yorker, Geo, Le Figaro, Paris Match and Smithsonian. These images have been exhibited around the world in museums, galleries and are part of numerous private collections. She has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, named Magazine Photographer of the Year by both the National Press Photographer’s Association, the International Photographer of the Year prize, and named as one of the top 30 photographers from Photo District News Magazine, among others. Recently, she has been the subject of the five-part documentary series “Over the Islands of Africa” and a featured speaker in more than 20 countries from Asia to Europe and Latin America. Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and is writing a book about the stories behind her images.