Entry Title: " Dempel Jumpora Touffe"
Ami Vitale
, United States

Entry Description:

Alio Balde scrubs his body in front of the touffe, a place that fills up with water in the rainy season in the remote village of Dembel Jumpoa in the West African country of Guinea Bissau. Water is precious here as much of Africa's population face water stress and scarcity.

About the Artist:

Ami Vitale's journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to more than 80 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication including National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, New Yorker, Geo, Le Figaro, and Smithsonian, among many others. These images have been exhibited around the world in museums, galleries and are part of numerous private collections. She has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, POYi, Lucie Awards, NPPAâs Magazine Photographer of the Year and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting. She has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an organization of well-known scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful and persuasive films and stories stories illustrating the very specific problems women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them. 'Confronting climate change, one woman at a time'. In 2010, Ami was a Senior Producer for Multimedia, at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication where she got her Masters and made a film on women's pregnancy and infant mortality in Sierra Leone and a feature film about migration and climate change in Bangladesh. Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and is writing a book about the stories behind her images.