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Cristina Mittermeier

Conservation Photographer; Founder, Former President and Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)

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A virtuous mind and voice in conservation photography and one of the most influential female photographers in the world, Cristina Mittermeier began her career as a Marine Biologist working in her native Mexico. She soon discovered that she could better advocate for the oceans and the planet through the lens of her camera than she could with data on spreadsheets.

Today, Cristina is the Co-founder of the conservation society, SeaLegacy,  a National Geographic contributing photographer, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and the editor of 26 coffee table books on conservation issues. She is the first female photographer to reach 1M followers on Instagram and was a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She is acknowledged as one of the most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation in 2018 by Ocean Geographic, and The Men’s Journal recently named her as one of the 18 Most Adventurous Women in the World.

Cristina has worked in more than 120 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. Her work relays an understanding 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.

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Bio

A virtuous mind and voice in conservation photography and one of the most influential conservation photographers in the world, Cristina Mittermeier has been hailed as one of the most important outdoor photographers of her generation.

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 in her native Mexico. From there, it didn’t take her long to realize that she could make a more significant 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 the Co-founder and Vision Lead of the conservation society, SeaLegacy; she is a National Geographic contributing photographer, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and the editor of 26 coffee table books on conservation issues. Popular on social media, she is the first female photographer to reach 1M followers on Instagram and was a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Cristina is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, Presenter and Panelist at events including the Women in the World 10th Anniversary Summit and the TEDx stage. She is acknowledged as one of the most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation in 2018 by Ocean Geographic, and The Men’s Journal recently named her as one of the 18 Most Adventurous Women in the World.

Cristina’s work is regularly featured in Fine Art exhibitions around the world including one at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden, where she also launched her fine art photography book, “Amaze”. The book is an inspiration for sustainable living with others and our environment that captures Cristina’s vision of creating a deeper sense of connection between humans and the environments in which we live.

Cristina has worked in more than 120 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 is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet also lives within us. It 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, communications, and conservation. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, with her partner, National Geographic Photographer, and Filmmaker, Paul Nicklen.

Speech Topics

There are secrets held deep within sacred cultures that many of us will never get to experience first hand. These secrets transcend time, place and perhaps most importantly, possessions. Through a personal discovery of what it means to find joy by fulfilling our human promise, Cristina takes audiences to some of the most remote indigenous communities on earth. From the traditional Inuit ways of life in Greenland, the couragoues warrior tribes of the Amazonian, to the resourceful youth of Madagascar’s Vezo tribe and the First Nation activists of British Columbia’s environmental movement, the ancient secret to happiness is not about how much we have, but by how much we give back.


Photojournalist and marine biologist Cristina Mittermeier has traveled around the globe to explore indigenous populations’ relationship to that most sacred element – water. From the Amazon to British Columbia and Hawaii, Mittermeier has immersed herself in indigenous communities to share stories and images of the powerful interdependence of people and water. Join her as she shares a treasure trove of remarkable photographs and a priceless understanding of the one concept that bound these three different communities: “enoughness,” or, taking only that which you need.


Cristina has been in love with the sea her entire life, and she has spent her entire career sharing this love with millions of people around the world. Through unique personal stories, compelling imagery and a solid scientific background, Cristina will open your heart and mind in a way that ensures your relationship with the ocean, and all of its creatures will be profoundly changed. If you haven’t already fallen in love with the sea, this is the start of your lifelong affair. If you already know how precious our oceans are, Cristina’s stories and images, filled with both heart and humour, will cause you to fall in love all over again.


One in every 7 people around the world depend on the ocean as a primary source of food and are also the most vulnerable communities to the effects of climate change, and yet, many of us have little awareness of the life-giving and life-taking powers of the sea. With the number of people relying on the ocean for food expected to double to within twenty years, Cristina turns to examples of coastal communities standing up to protect and restore the bounty of their ancestral shores.  With grace, integrity and humour, Cristina takes you to the shores of our world’s oceans for an experience that will open your heart, and mind, highlighting the fact that we are all ocean people.


There’s a beauty in the space between land and sea that is found nowhere else in the universe. It’s in this space that Cristina’s unique perspective showcases just how inextricably linked we are to all to other species on this planet. Cristina transcends this thin blue line and exposes the mystery contained in a space that both connects and divides. Through stunning imagery and engaging personal accounts, Cristina will grab audiences by the heart and mind, transporting them to a world that humans are only beginning to understand.


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    How Photographer Cristina Mittermeier Kept Her Cool When Surrounded by Sharks

    (Conde Nast Traveler) – Cristina Mittermeier didn’t set out to be an award-winning wildlife photographer. She’s a marine biologist by trade. But when an exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural History included some photos she had taken on her ex-husband’s camera—and credited him—she saw an opportunity.

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    Meet the woman who elevated conservation photography to a whole new level

    (Mother Nature Network) – It is no small task to take the good that can come of photography and turn it into a movement. But that’s just what Cristina Mittermeier has done with conservation photography.

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    The World’s Most Adventurous Women 2019

    (Men’s Journal) – LAST FALL, Mittermeier, a Mexican-born marine biologist turned photographer, was shooting some 50 orcas hunting a school of herring in a fjord in Norway when a pod of 50-foot humpback whales passed just feet away. “There is a part of me that wants to push through fear to get images nobody else has,” she says. “So I know that if I am a little terrified, I am probably in the right spot. That is what swimming with wild orcas is all about—a mix of terror and glee.”

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