Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina Mittermeier
To roam the farthest corners of the Earth, where wild creatures live, is a privilege reserved for the adventurous few. Cristina Mittermeier is one of those few. She dedicates her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect our wild places. Cristina first discovered her insatiable passion for the natural world, both above and below the surface, as a Marine Biologist working in the Gulf of California and the Yucatan Peninsula. From there, it didn’t take her long to realize that she could make a bigger impact on how people see the world, and connect to it, through the lens of her camera than she could with data on spreadsheets. Today, Cristina is a National Geographic Photographer, Co-founder and Vision Lead of the conservation society, SeaLegacy a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and is recognized as one of the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine. She is the editor of 25 coffee table books on conservation issues, is a sought-after Keynote Speaker and Presenter at events ranging from the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage. Her images focus on demonstrating the important relationship between human cultures, especially indigenous people, and biodiversity that sustain not only them, but all of us. “Conservation is a puzzle,” she says. “Where many pieces have to fit together to make things work. For me, the choice of being a photographer means becoming piece of that puzzle. In the absence of that, for me, photography means nothing.” Having worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world, Cristina builds a greater awareness of the responsibility that comes with being human. Her work is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms. Cristina has three grown children, each pursuing careers in science and conservation. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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Human but Fragile

by Cristina Mittermeier

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