Cristina Mittermeier

Marine Biologist, Conservationist, Photographer

Photographer Cristina Mittermeier dedicates her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect wild places. Born in Mexico, 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 Yucátan Peninsula. From there, it didn’t take long for her 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 through data on spreadsheets. Specializing in conservation issues surrounding the ocean and indigenous cultures, Mittermeier has worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world. Cristina is an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, and she was acknowledged as one of National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers of the Year along with her partner Paul Nicklen. She is the Vision Lead and co-founder of her own conservation society, SeaLegacy, as well as the Founder and former President of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Her images focus on demonstrating the significant relationship between human cultures and biodiversity. Mittermeier has also edited 25 coffee table books on conservation issues, and is a public speaker in forums ranging from the Conference of the Parties and the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage and the National Geographic Live lecture series. Cristina is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and she has earned numerous distinctions, including 2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year, the North American Nature Photographer’s Association 2010 Mission Award, and being recognized as one of the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine. Cristina sits on the board of the WILD Foundation and is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council, as well as the advisory board for the Wild Seas and Waters Program and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project.