Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship at a very young age and through a career as a marine biologist and now an ethnographic photographer, she explores her unwavering passion for changing the narrative of the world's oceans from a negative one, into a positive one.
By looking into the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians, Cristina explores the concept of "Enoughness". Personal, humorous and reflective of a changing global climate, Cristina inspires audiences with stories from the front lines of conservation photography.
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To roam the farthest corners of the Earth, where wild creatures live, is a privilege reserved for the adventurous few. CRISTINA MITTERMEIER is one of those few. She dedicates her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect our wild places. 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. From there, it didn’t take her long 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 she could with data on spreadsheets.
Today, Cristina is a National Geographic Photographer, Co-founder and President of the conservation society, SeaLegacy, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is recognized as one of the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine and is the editor of 25 coffee table books on conservation issues. She is a sought-after Keynote Speaker and Presenter at events ranging from the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage. Her images focus on demonstrating the important relationship between human cultures, especially indigenous people, and biodiversity that sustain not only them, but all of us. “Conservation is a puzzle,” she says. “Where many pieces have to fit together to make things work. For me, the choice of being a photographer means becoming piece of that puzzle. In the absence of that, for me, photography means nothing.”
Having worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world, Cristina builds a greater awareness of the responsibility that comes with being human. Her work 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 and conservation. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, with her partner, National Geographic Photographer and Filmmaker, Paul Nicklen.
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Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our start-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men's Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Rutgers Football, Botanical Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlights, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more.
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