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Conservation


Exploring the Light

Traditional Inuit Hunters of Greenland

 

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Conservation


Exploring the Light

Traditional Inuit Hunters of Greenland

 

 

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.

 

Read more about the tribal people of the Amazon

 
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Passion


Swimming with Giants

My Work

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Passion


Swimming with Giants

My Work

 

Camera and pen are the tools I have chosen to illustrate the fragile place where indigenous cultures and nature intersect

 
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Story


MY MISSION

Our system of values needs to change and especially the way we regard nature, wilderness, and its inhabitants. An ethical compass for nature should permeate our decision-making process at all levels.

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Story


MY MISSION

Our system of values needs to change and especially the way we regard nature, wilderness, and its inhabitants. An ethical compass for nature should permeate our decision-making process at all levels.

I believe photography can play a key role in encouraging such a value system.  It is time for a cultural shift in our relationship with nature in our everyday lives: in the media, education, and throughout all aspects of society.

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Speaker


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Speaker


In addition to her achievements as a photographer, she is a writer, a photo editor, an engaging
public speaker, and a photographic curator. Until recently she was the President
of the International League of Conservation Photographers; an organization she
founded and directed for 6 years. She was recently recognized as one of the
World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers and is the recipient of the
2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award
and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association 2010 Mission Award.

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The journey


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The journey


Cristina's work centers on the intimate intersection between humans and the ocean and the fragile balance
between human well-being and healthy marine ecosystems. She has edited and co-edited over 22 coffee-table books on conservation issues for CEMEX and her work has been published in prestigious scientific publications like Science and Nature as well as in more popular publications and magazines.

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Oceans


Whether we know it or not, the sea is like a forgotten womb from which all life emerged, and maybe this is why our soul yearns for the sea. Maybe it is the reassuring predictability in the rhythms of the tides. Maybe it is how we marvel when the waves roll from the open sea with playful, operatic grace; sometimes thunderous and furious, others with a gentle lapping of blue-green foam. 

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Nicklen

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Oceans


Whether we know it or not, the sea is like a forgotten womb from which all life emerged, and maybe this is why our soul yearns for the sea. Maybe it is the reassuring predictability in the rhythms of the tides. Maybe it is how we marvel when the waves roll from the open sea with playful, operatic grace; sometimes thunderous and furious, others with a gentle lapping of blue-green foam. 

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Nicklen

Like the sea itself, the coast holds a fascination on people, especially on those who make a living on the edge of the sea. Awestruck and fragile, we stand powerless before an approaching storm that spreads steely-gray clouds across the ocean's horizon. Slaves to the land, we are mesmerized by the sea when the opalescent moon brings waves from distant places to crash against the rocky shoreline.  The pungent smell of saltwater, the roaring sound of the waves, the harsh grit of the sand; they all fascinate us.

~Cristina Mittermeier

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Vision


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Vision


The vision of the world that I aspire to must have a value system that takes into account our ecological and environmental impact. It would recognize that as a species, we rely on biodiversity, on balanced ecosystems, and on the Earth’s limited resources for our survival. It should demand that our impact on those never be anything other than sustainable.

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Adventure


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Adventure


Understanding will come when we can sense the ancient rhythms of earth and sea that have sculpted the continents and have produced the rock and sand on which we stand.  Understanding will come when we can see beyond the thin blue line and see the surge of life beating at its shores –trying always to find a new foothold on land.