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Ami Vitale Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Her book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, is available for pre-order. https://events.nationalgeographic.com/talks/rhinos-rickshaws-and-revolutions
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Ami Vitale
I'm excited to be speaking tonight in omaha, nebraska with @natgeo live at the holland performing arts center. my talk, "rhinos, rickshaws and revolutions," will include stories from the past as well as my most recent work. there are a handful of tickets left, if you'd like to join us. for those not in omaha, i'll also be speaking for ng live in kitchener, ontario on apr. 26, buffalo, ny on may 8, and san jose, ca on may 9. (link to ticket info in profile.) this photo is from my work in #bangladesh which is on the frontlines of #climatechange. the country faces a double threat: rising sea levels as a result of the melting ice caps and glaciers, and as the world warms, more extreme weather patterns. they say the monsoon rains in the region are concentrating into a shorter period, causing a cruel combination of more extreme floods and longer periods of drought. bangladesh is made up of a massive estuary delta of the ganges, brahmaputra and meghna rivers. any rise in ocean levels represents a grave danger to the country. "even if people stopped emitting carbon dioxide tomorrow, large regions of the south would soon be underwater,” says climate expert atiq rahman. approximately 10 million people live in parts of bangladesh lying less than a meter above current sea levels. scientists are predicting that climate change could lead to a rise in sea levels that would flood at least 17 percent of bangladesh and create around 20-35 million refugees by 2050. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #water #freshwater #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram #globalwarming #sealevelrise
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I am speaking tomorrow evening, feb.20th at 7:30 pm in #omaha, #nebraska with @natgeo live at the holland performing arts center. the talk is titled "rhinos, rickshaws and revolutions" and will include stories from the past as well as my most recent work.there are still some tix available. (link in profile). hope to see you there! @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism
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Photo by @amivitale. a woman washes in the the brahmaputra river in the northwestern chars of #bangladesh, on the edge of the world’s largest #mangrove forest, the #sunderbans. residents here face multiple consequences of #climatechange. their hardships come from the skies and the seas and now from the huge swampy forest across the river that once offered them richness and diversity of life. in these dense mangroves roam between 500 and 700 bengal tigers. it is the largest population in the world and every year the number of tiger attacks increase; a phenomenon feared to be caused by a loss of their habitat to rising seas and more violent cyclones. in bangladesh, climate change is not just a word or a discussion. it is happening now and it is impacting people and wildlife. the country’s future, however, and the fate of its people, will be determined not necessarily by rising sea levels, but by the behavior of its citizens, neighbors and outside powers. whether it becomes one of the great human tragedies of our time or a model for the future depends on these choices; what happens next is in our hands. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #water #freshwater #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram #globalwarming #sealevelrise
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I'm humbled and honored to be among the nominees for the 2018 world press photo awards for my national geographic story "warriors who once feared elephants now protect them." thank you to all my friends at reteti elephant sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e ) for trusting me to share your powerful story, to my editors alexa keefe and sarah leen (@roseleen ) for giving us the platform to share it and now to world press photos (#worldpressphoto), for further casting the light on this important story of community and conservation. here, joseph lolngojine, a samburu warrior turned elephant caretaker, watches over kinya. moments after this photo was taken, it was decided to bring her to the sanctuary to try to save her life. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/05/reteti-orphan-elephants-vitale/ please have a look at these stories. some will break your heart, others may make you laugh and hopefully inspire all of us to work harder to find solutions to our planet's most pressing challenges. this year, world press photos will announce the winners at the awards show in amsterdam on april 12, 2018. shortlisted for the main prize are five photographers, patrick brown (@patrickbrownphoto ), adam ferguson (@adamfergusonphoto ), toby melville, ronaldo schemidt (@rschemidt ) and ivor prickett (@ivorprickett ), with prickett nominated for two separate images shot in mosul. wpp launched a new code of ethics for entrants, which means that images submitted to the prize have been thoroughly checked before the shortlists have been announced. worldpressphoto.org @natgeo
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Photo by @amivitale. in the southwestern corner of #bangladesh, on the edge of the world's largest mangrove forest, the sunderbans, residents are facing multiple consequences of climate change. their lands are disintegrating in front of their eyes. within a day, 20 feet of this landscape dropped into the river and people were moving their homes overnight - fleeing. they were simply picking up all of their belongings to find a new place to live. eventually, many of them will be driven to take shelter in the already teeming capital of dhaka. the situation is at once ironic and unjust.the poorest are the most affected by climate change but they are the least responsible for it. whether it becomes one of the great human tragedies of our time or a model for the future depends on these choices; what happens next is in our hands. right now bangladesh appears far away, but our planet's ecosystem is an intricate web and the lessons learned here, are important for all of humanity. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #water #freshwater #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram #climatechange #globalwarming #sealevelrise
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Photo by @amivitale. scientists are predicting that climate change could lead to a rise in sea levels that would flood at least 17 percent of #bangladesh and create around 20-35 million #refugees by 2050. they say the monsoon rains in the region are concentrating into a shorter period, causing a cruel combination of more extreme floods and longer periods of drought. in the capital of #dhaka, the impact is already being felt, with some half a million migrants arriving in the city each year. these “climate change refugees” are pouring mostly into squalid slums and the biggest reason for moving is environmental degradation. the situation is at once ironic and unjust.the poorest are the most affected by climate change but they are the least responsible for it. whether it becomes one of the great human tragedies of our time or a model for the future depends on these choices; what happens next is in our hands. right now bangladesh appears far away, but our planet's ecosystem is an intricate web and the lessons learned here, are important for all of humanity. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #water #freshwater #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram #climatechange #globalwarming #sealevelrise
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Photo by the amazing filmmaker @katy_robin_garton. she is spontaneous and brilliant and didn't hesitate to run off on a whim to explore and collaborate in #montana. along the way, we met this gorgeous fella. i love the warmth and connection of these magnificent, furry creatures.."a true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart.~ author unknown i've mentioned this one before but it encapsulates how i feel so well. "there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."~ sir winston churchill #montanamoment @nikonusa @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeo travel @natgeo creative #yellowstonenationalpark
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Photo by @amivitale. steinbeck said it best..“i’m in love with montana. for other states i have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. but with montana it is love. and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” @natgeo @nikonusa @thephotosociety @instagram @natgeocreative #nikon #nikonambassador #montanamoment #montana #home #horselove #yellowstone
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Photo by @amivitale. somoe mohamed gathers water at sunset in the village of usuru, tanzania. i was in tanzania working on a story about man eating lions and learned that sunrise and sunset are very dangerous times to gather water and be outside because of lion attacks. women and girls are disproportionately responsible for gathering water, a task which is time consuming and here, even be dangerous, especially as water becomes more scarce as a result of climate change. cape town is making headlines this week because it is increasingly expected to face a “day zero” in april, when water will be shut off to residents and businesses, and the city’s 4 million residents will be forced to obtain water from 200 water stations. cape town is not the only major city currently facing water shortages and even similar situations in the future. according to national geographic, mexico city, melbourne, australia, jakarta, sao paolo and a number of major indian cities are all facing or have recently faced severe water shortages. we all have a small role to play in conserving water and there are many ways to make every drop count. for example, just turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @oxfamgb @oxfamamerica @nikonusa #water #freshwater #beautiful #nature #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram
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Photo by @amivitale. children carry water for miles each day in zigberi, a remote part of burkina faso in the desert region near the malian border. the village had no school and after years of waiting the parents decided to build their own school, desperate to get an education for their children. female education in burkina faso and west africa is particularly difficult given the demands placed on the women and girls in society to do all of the household work like pounding the millet, preparing food, getting wood and water which is scarce and miles away. today climate change is making water even more scarce with more severe droughts and salt water intrusion. according to the @unitednations , by 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under water stress conditions. much of the increased burden for fetching water will fall to #women and #girls and the @unitednations predicts that water scarcity in some arid and semi-arid places will displace between 24 million and 700 million people. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @oxfamgb @oxfamamerica @nikonusa #water #freshwater #beautiful #nature #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram
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Photo by @amivitale. villagers fetch water from a polluted hole in the village of dambas, 80 kilometers outside of wajir, in northern #kenya. worldwide, women and #girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting #water reports @unicef. this is time that could be dedicated to studies, work, family or entrepreneurship. already, climate change is making water more scarce with more severe droughts and salt water intrusion. this makes the work of collecting water more time consuming and difficult. the new york times reports that in april, cape town south africa is expected to run out of water. this is despite being a city praised for its water management. after three years of drought, the city will be forced to turn off water in homes and businesses and its 4 million residents will have to line up for rationed water at on of 200 collection points until new desalination plants can be brought online. much of the burden for fetching this water water will fall to #women. @rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #water #freshwater #beautiful #nature #conservation #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism
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Photo by @amivitale. a 14 year old panda named yeye holds her young cub at wolong giant panda reserve. the mother is captive born and her baby is being trained to be released back into the wild. with the success of china's breeding program, a turn around for pandas is in sight. the panda was recently upgraded from endangered to threatened and china is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. i recently had a wonderful interview with @wildideasworthliving storytelling, my work with elephants, getting over fear and so much more. listen to it on their website. and, my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Friends in victoria, canada i'm excited to be speaking today (jan. 24) at the royal and mcpherson theatre society. there are still a few tickets left for my national geographic (@natgeo ) talk rhinos, rickshaws and revolutions (and pandas). special day of student tickets are available all day at the box office for $20. join me! (link in profile) here, a panda cub who will not be trained for the wild sits inside her enclosure while a panda keeper cleans it at the #wolong china conservation & research center for the giant panda, (ccrcgp). my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Friends in victoria, canada i'm excited to be speaking tomorrow (jan. 24) at the royal and mcpherson theatre society. there are still a handful of tickets left for my national geographic (@natgeo ) talk rhinos, rickshaws and revolutions (and pandas). join me! (link in profile) photo by @amivitale. here, two-year-old female panda hua yan (pretty girl) explores her enclosure at the wolong nature reserve managed by the china conservation and research center for the giant panda in sichuan province, china. she was released together with zhang meng at the liziping national nature reserve as the sixth and seventh pandas released into the wild. in addition to the inevitable threats from natural enemies such as bears, leopards and wolves, a main concern is that she is accepted by the local wild panda group and breeds successfully. habitat loss and fragmentation have separated panda groups and china has at least 30 isolated groups each with less than 50 pandas.without help, the wild panda groups could die out within a century. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Friends in portland, oregon, i'm excited to be speaking tonight (jan. 22) at the newmark theatre. there are a handful of tickets left for my national geographic (@natgeo ) talk rhinos, rickshaws and revolutions (and pandas). i will also be in victoria, canada on wednesday, jan. 24. (link in profile) photo by @amivitale. here, yeye hides behind bamboo in the wolong giant panda reserve in sichuan province, china. the mother is captive born and her baby was trained and released back into the wild. with the success of china's breeding program, a turn around is in sight. the panda was upgraded from endangered to threatened and china is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Photo by @amivitale. baby pandas play in their baskets at the bifengxia giant panda breeding and research center in #sichuan province, china. they are part of a bumper crop of adorable baby giant panda cubs. in a region where bad environmental news is common, this is important news. china is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. giant pandas are one of the world's most endangered species. fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of sichuan and shaanxi. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Photo by @amivitale. ye ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, takes in some sun in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in wolong nature reserve while her cub, hua yan (pretty girl), is plays on the ground beside her. baby pandas wean from their mothers between 8-9 months and a year old and generally stay with their mothers for 2 years. after that, hua yan will be released into the wild. the success rate of giant panda's reintroduction is about 60 percent, while the rate for other animals in the world is only around 10 percent. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Photo by @amivitale. two-year-old female panda hua yan (pretty girl) explores her enclosure at the wolong nature reserve managed by the china conservation and research center for the giant panda in sichuan province, china. she was released together with zhang meng at the liziping national nature reserve as the sixth and seventh pandas released into the wild. in addition to the inevitable threats from natural enemies such as bears, leopards and wolves, a main concern is that she is accepted by the local wild panda group and breeds successfully.habitat loss and fragmentation have separated panda groups and china has at least 30 isolated groups each with less than 50 pandas.without help, the wild panda groups could die out within a century. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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Photo by @amivitale. giant panda yao man snuggles with her cub at the bifengxia giant panda base in sichuan province, china. after years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. with an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. in a region where bad environmental news is common, china is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. my first ever book, panda love, the secret lives of pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. you can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
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It was a great privilege to speak with one of my favorite people @cristinamittermeier on bbc radio recently. christina is incredibly #inspiring and she talked about photographing a starving polar bear recently which may be the #catalyst for renewed awareness in the fight against climate change. we also discussed what drives us, the challenges in the field, and how we use our photography and voices to inspire #change. you can listen to the full interview on the website of @bbcnews. @natgeo @natgeo creative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #climatechange #environment #sustainability #polarbear #nature
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