Women of Influence: Cristina Mittermeier


Cristina Mittermeier is a Mexican-born marine biologist, photographer, and writer specializing in conservation issues involving fisheries and indigenous cultures to address the fragile balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. A Sony Artisan of Imagery since 2008, Mittermeier is also a photo editor and an engaging public speaker. She has edited and co-edited 24 coffee-table books on conservation issues, and her work has been published by a wide range of sources, from scientific journals to popular magazines.

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Mittermeier’s awards include selection to the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers, a 2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award, and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association 2010 Mission Award. She sits on the board of the WILD Foundation, serves on Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council, and is an advisory board member of the Wild Seas and Waters Program, and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project. Until recently, Mittermeier was President of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP); an organization she founded and directed for six years. In that capacity, she led and participated in successful conservation photography expeditions to sites in Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Brazil, British Columbia, and Northern Norway. Currently, she is co-founder and Executive Director of SeaLegacy. 

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I find it rather amusing that a company that believes a woman's place is in the kitchen, and should be (barely) seen and not heard is running a series of stories on women. Everyone is a feminist now I guess- especially if it helps sell cameras.


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After thoroughly enjoying this interview and article on Christina Mittermeier, I realized that she is a woman after my own heart with interests and sensibilities much like my own. The fact that her nationality was mentioned in the first sentence helped to establish the way she sees the world filtered through a different culture. Her marine photographs are impressive and the images of people are inspiring, sensitive and incisive because she gained her subjects’ respect and acceptance. Kudos to her!

If Cristina is mexican-born, where are the other women of influence born?

I love about Cristina Mittermeier's Photography Works and Technique Skills in where she had traveled across the World, by doing some of her famous Photos of her own as being taken and shot at and elsewhere.

It really was inspiring to watch this video. The photographs are beautiful. I'm glad I knew her job.

Does Cristina obtain releases from the natives in her photographs?


Excuse me? This is not about fame and fortune. A lifes work and passion to make this a better world for you should be appreciated. Also, humbly offer your thanks to her for raising that voice and awareness to save ourselves from your own distruction.