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Making an Impact

Tue November 14, 2023
@ 7:30 pm
After decades covering wars and conflict, photographer Ami Vitale had an epiphany: We can’t solve our problems without taking nature into account.
Ami Vitale Studio Portrait
Ami Vitale – Photographer

About the Event

After two decades on the front lines of conflict, Ami Vitale asked herself whether she was telling the story or making it the story through documenting the same thing as everyone else. This, plus grappling with PTSD, led to her taking on a yearlong assignment for a nature organization, traveling the world, reporting on biodiversity, and documenting animals. Not only did it prove a balm to her soul, but it created an epiphany: We can’t solve our problems without taking nature into account. Be inspired by the hopeful and heartwarming stories she told next—about coexisting with and learning from wildlife.

About the Speaker

A Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer, writer, speaker, and documentary filmmaker, Ami Vitale has traveled to over 100 countries for her work. She is also the founder and executive director of nonprofit Vital Impacts, which supports organizations that are protecting people, wildlife, and habitats. Ami will be featured on the National Geographic Channel Explorer TV series in 2023. She was named one of 50 Badass Women by InStyle magazine and Magazine Photographer of the Year in the International Photographer of the Year prize. Ami has also received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and is a six-time recipient of World Press Photo Awards. Her best-selling book, Panda Love, is about the secret lives of pandas.

Venue and Location


Wachholz College Center


Wachholz College Center
795 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT
Tue November 14, 2023
7:30 pm

Making an Impact


Changemaker Speaker Series

Wachholz College Center
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