- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale’s Wild Hope
- Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer
- Named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association
- Founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers who document challenges facing women and girls in developing countries and donate that media to the organizations to assist in fundraising
- This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
- Sunday, May 1st / 3:00 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
- $25: General Public / $15: UCSB Students (Current student ID required) / $15: Youth (18 & under)
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale’s Wild Hope on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall. The performance is part of the CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale’s award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world. From the reintroduction of northern white rhinos and giant pandas to the wild, to Kenya’s first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary, Vitale’s awe-inspiring images and adventures will enthrall audiences of all ages.
Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s.
ABOUT AMI VITALE
“On the heels of a United Nations report released [in 2019] that one million plant and animal species face extinction due to climate change, Vitale sees her work as a critical way to encourage the public to connect with wildlife.” – Artnet.com
Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” She has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning critically endangered, captive-born species like the giant pandas back to the wild, and attempts to save the last living northern white rhinos from extinction.
Ami’s work is exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries and private collections. She has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photo, the International Photographer of the Year prize and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting. She has also been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.
Ami was the subject of a National Geographic Channel TV series, Mission Covershot and another documentary series, Over the Islands of Africa, featuring her work in Madagascar. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers who document challenges facing women and girls in developing countries and donate that media to the organizations to assist in fundraising. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Alexia Foundation’s Photojournalism Advisory Board.
Based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives inspiring talks and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
See A&L’s full 2022 lineup here
This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.
Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.
A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx
ABOUT UCSB ARTS & LECTURES
Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.
The performance is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
$25 : General Public / $15: UCSB Students (Current student ID required) / $15: Youth (18 & under / Student ID required for high school age)
For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.
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UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.