Wasatch Speaker Series
Mexican Conservation & Wildlife Photographer, Marine Biologist, and Activist
Tuesday, October 25th, 2022
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.