"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. My 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."
Photographer, writer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier uses her camera to document the intersection of wild nature and humans. She has published and edited 24 coffee table books on conservation issues and her work has been published in prestigious publications including Science and Nature. Cristina is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and was recently recognized as one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine, is a past recipient of the Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association Mission Award. Cristina is the founder and former President of the prestigious InternationalLeague of Conservation Photographers, a consortium of some of the best photographers on the planet who are actively working for conservation. Today, Cristina is the co-founder and Executive Director of SeaLegacy.
Among many other awards and recognitions has been named 2010 Nature’s Best Conservation Photographer of the Year and is the recipient of the 2010 North American Nature Photographers Association Mission Award. Outdoor Photographer magazine selected her as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers of our generation for her contributions to the creation of the discipline known as conservation photography.
She has edited 20 coffee table books on conservation for CEMEX and this year she will author her first book with National Geographic, Sublime Nature: Photographs that Awe and Inspire.
Her images have been exhibited by museums and organizations around the world and are represented by National Geographic Creative. Cristina is the founder and former President of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, a consortium of some of the best photographers on the planet who are actively working for conservation. Today, Cristina heads the newly founded organization Sea Legacy, whose mission is to use the power of photography to promote the protection of our oceans. imagingambassadors.sony
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