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Ami Vitale is National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, speaker and Nikon ambassador. All print sale profits go to support wildlife conservation.

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Photo by @amivitale. A villager from Nyarusizi, Rwanda, wraps herself in the early morning chill in the mountains near Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. ​The village is next to Bisate Lodge, a lush retreat for gorilla trekkers.
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
@afarmedia #rwanda #everydayafrica #traveldeeper #volcanoesnationalpark #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS
Photo by @amivitale. Rwanda's lush forests are home to dozens of primate species, including golden monkeys, a species native to Volcanoes National Park. The park is a haven for both golden monkeys and mountain gorillas, two of Rwanda's endangered species, and also served as the base for Dian Fossey's primate research.
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
@afarmedia #rwanda #goldenmonkeys #volcanoesnationalpark #conservation #savetheplanet #everydayafrica #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS
Photo by @amivitale. The capital of Kigali bustles with life. Rwanda is the Land of a Thousand Hills and is lush and incredibly clean. Significant efforts made over the last decade to expand access to education throughout the country has made Rwanda one of the top-performing countries in sub-Saharan Africa in education. Rwanda’s education system boasts the highest participation rates of girls in East Africa. Girls’ enrollment surpasses boys’ enrollment at all levels.

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

@afarmedia #rwanda #kigalirwanda #everydayafrica #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS
I’m pleased to be taking over the @worldpressphotovenezia account this week to share my photos from my World Press Photo (@worldpressphoto) winning @natgeo project, “Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them.” Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) is the first ever community owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. It provides a home to orphaned elephants as a result of poaching, human wildlife conflict and drought related issues. All of these elephants will one day be returned to the wild to live the life they were meant to lead. 
Reteti lies within a 975,000-acre swath of thorny scrubland in northern Kenya known as the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust—part of the ancestral homeland of the Samburu people. Rescued elephants are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu community. What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way humans relate to wild animals. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.

You can support this extraordinary place and maybe even win a trip there yourself (as well as another VIP trip to see @davematthewsband in concert) right now by making just a $10 contribution at prizeo.com/elephants.

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Photo by @amivitale. Gorillas from the Muhoza group are viewed in Volcanoes National Park, home to five of the eight volcanoes in the thickly forested Virunga Mountains — Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. Hikers are permitted to track 12 of the 20 gorilla families that inhabit Volcanoes - Rwanda is one of the few places in the world to see mountain gorillas in the wild. An hours-long trek up Mount Karisimbi, through mud and jungle, offers visitors the rare chance to observe the highly endangered primates.
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
@afarmedia #rwanda #virunga #volcanoesnationalpark #everydayafrica #mountaingorilla #silverbackgorillas #photooftheday #conservation #savetheplanet #gorillas #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS
So completely honored to be among the amazing women in @InStyleMagazine's #Badass 50. I'm not at all sure why Im here but inspiring to be among these women who show up, speak up and get things done. Thank you @laurabrown99 for making this world a brighter place every day. You use your place in the world for good and amplify the voices of people making a difference. You also remind us of the power of one individual to make change. Be sure to dig in and be inspired by these incredible women including friends like Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix) and heroes like Dr. Jane Goodall (@janegoodallinst) and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I'm so proud of everyone at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya including Dorothy, one of the women keepers at Reteti who has been featured in the  #BadassWomenIssue. All the women here are working to break stereotypes and push the boundaries of women's traditional roles.  #gratitude #hope #love & #light

Read the full Q&A I conducted with Dorothy for the issue by clicking on the link in my profile.

#InStyleBadassWomen #photojournalism @nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #synology @synology.official #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Faded photographs hang from wires inside the Kigali Genocide Memorial (@kigali_memorial) in Rwanda. They display the awkward poses of men and women of modest means who perhaps possessed only this one image of themselves, taken years before their murders. Children are pictured with a favorite sport, favorite drinks (“milk and tropical Fanta”), the name of a best friend. Then come the skulls, many with the marks of machetes. The Kigali Genocide Memorial describes the events leading to April 7, 1994, when extremists from the Hutu ethnic majority sought to exterminate an entire minority group, the Tutsi. During a hundred days, they killed an estimated 800,000 people, mostly Tutsi but including Hutu moderates too. Ordinary citizens targeted neighbors, even relatives (intermarriage was not uncommon). Hutu and Tutsi shared a language, a culture, and strong Christian belief in most cases. Even when Tutsi sought refuge in churches, they were massacred; certain priests and nuns took part. After three months, a rebel force led by Tutsi exiles ousted the regime, halted the genocide, and took power.
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
@afarmedia #rwanda #kigalirwanda #everydayafrica #kigali #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa @thephotosociety @synology.official #Synology #backup #NetworkAttachedStorage #NAS
​Photo by @amivitale. A male silverback gorilla rests in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.  With less than 1,000 remaining in the world, the species is highly endangered. The Rwandan government has made nature conservancy a major priority in an attempt to protect the dwindling gorilla population. The park accommodates five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains and is home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and Diana Fossey’s grave. 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.  @afarmedia #rwanda #nyungwe #nyungwenationalpark #everydayafrica #mountaingorilla #silverbackgorillas #photooftheday #conservation #savetheplanet #gorillas #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
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Photo by @amivitale. Aloys Mutiribambe holds Laurent Mutaganda's hand. Mutiribambe was part of the mob who killed twenty of his relatives, including five of his children. He served nine years for murders he committed in Rwanda's 1994 genocide but today lives lives in Mbyo, one of a handful of the country's "reconciliation villages," where genocide victims and perpetrators live and work together, rebuilding their lives and trying to gain each other's trust again. Mutiribambe said, "They told us, every Hutu wherever he is, to pick up machetes and tools, and hunt for any Tutsi wherever he is, and kill him.” “Those Tutsi who survived? It’s not because of us. It’s God’s intervention. Because we were hunting them everywhere. We had an order that nobody was to survive.” I photographed this story for AFAR Magazine. The July/August 2018 issue explores Rwanda's efforts to renew and reestablish itself in the decades following the 1994 genocide. The government and people of Rwanda have worked hard rebuild in the years since, making concerted efforts to establish a tourism industry and protect the country's endangered primates, but the ghosts of the genocide remain.  @afarmedia #rwanda #kigalirwanda #everydayafrica #nyamirambo #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa
Photo by @amivitale. A mountain gorilla nuzzles against her mother in the forest of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in Musanze. The park accommodates five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains and is home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and Diana Fossey’s grave.  I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine. 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.  @afarmedia #rwanda  #everydayafrica #mountaingorilla #silverbackgorillas #photooftheday #conservation #savetheplanet #gorillas #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa
Women work together near the Nyamirambo Women's Center (@umutima_rwanda) in Kigali, Rwanda. Despite their country's harrowing past, Rwandans are working hard to rebuild, making concerted efforts to establish a tourism industry, improve the livelihoods of its people and protect the country's endangered primates. 
I photographed this moving story of hope and resilience for AFAR Magazine. Its 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.  @afarmedia #rwanda #kigali #rwanda #everydayafrica  #traveldeeper #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa
Photo by @amivitale. So proud of everyone at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)  in northern Kenya including Dorothy, one of five women keepers at Reteti who has been featured in @InStyleMagazine in their #BadassWomenIssue. All the women and men here are working to not only protect elephants, but break stereotypes and push the boundaries of women's traditional roles in Kenya. "Anything a man can do, a woman can do better," says Dorothy. Here are a series of images of Dorothy, Mary and Naomi. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn more about the entire team and all their incredible work. 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. @InStyleMagazine #InStyleBadassWomen #BadassWomenIssue #DontLetThemDisappear #bekindtoelephants #protectelephants #elephants #northernkenya #everydayafrica #kenya #whyilovekenya #everydayafrica #photojournalism @nikonusa #nikonambassador #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #amivitale