National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale.
Ami Vitale National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale. © Courtesy of Ami Vitale

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Conservation Luncheon with Ami Vitale


With its diverse landscapes, rapidly-growing cities and rich natural history, Texas is a microcosm of the world. We’re contending with challenges that are tougher than ever—but there are also remarkable opportunities for us to ensure a resilient and thriving future. Join us on May 7 as we turn A Global Lens on the most important conservation issues facing people and the planet today.

The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 San Antonio Conservation Luncheon is your chance to embark on an excursion around the world—no passport required! Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale will put nature into focus by sharing stories and stunning photos from her travels to more than 100 countries around the world, where she’s captured some of the planet’s rarest species in their natural habitats. Over the years, Vitale has documented everything from wildlife and poaching in Africa, covered human-wildlife conflict, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild.

Each of Vitale’s photos are remarkable pieces of storytelling unto themselves, embodying her core philosophy of “living the story.” Taken together, they’re an incredible illustration of the strength of the human spirit, the resilience of our natural world and the urgency of our conservation challenges. 

Don’t miss out—reserve your seat now! The 2019 San Antonio Conservation Luncheon will be held on May 7, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pearl Stable. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please contact Erica Solis at or 210-301-5617.


Ami Vitale has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and was selected as Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association, among others. She is also a five-time award recipient of World PressPhoto’s annual photo contest, including first prize for her 2018 National Geographic magazine story about a community in Kenya protecting elephants. Recently she published Panda Love, a best-selling book on the secret lives of pandas.

Vitale is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories, illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face.