Cristina Mittermeier

From ocean shores to some of the most remote indigenous communities in the world, Cristina Mittermeier explores humanity’s relationship with the planet, as well as possibilities for a mindful, sustainable future.

Trained as a marine biologist and a photographer, the Mexico City-born Cristina combines her work behind the lens with her passion for environmentalism, taking pictures in some of the world's most remote areas to explore our relationship to the earth and ocean and draw attention to the beauty and the plight of our planet.

Cristina has worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world. Her work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be a human; it carries an 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. She is an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, and in 2018 was recognized as one of National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers of the Year. She is also a National Geographic Woman of Impact.

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To roam the farthest corners of the Earth, where wild creatures live, is a privilege reserved for an adventurous handful. But even though most of us may never feel the chill of Arctic air through the frozen flap of an icy tent, images can help us understand the urgency many photographers feel to protect wild places.

An image is often worth a thousand words. So when Cristina and Paul Nicklen, also a National Geographic photographer, released a video of an emaciated polar bear rummaging through garbage cans in the Canadian Arctic it went viral, reaching an estimate 2.5 billion people and sparking debate about global warming and the Arctic.

She is acknowledged as one of the most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation in 2018 by Ocean Geographic. Cristina co-founded and is Vision Lead at the conservation society’s SeaLegacy; she’s also Sony Artisan of Imagery and founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has earned numerous distinctions, including 2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year, and is a leading woman Instagram influencer. Cristina’s new fine art photography book, Amaze, captures her vision of creating a deeper sense of connection between humans and the environments we live in.

Cristina has three grown children and lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, with Paul.

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