Cristina Mittermeier met with Melody Brenna in New York at the impeccable Paul Nicklen Gallery to discuss collaboration efforts between Sea Legacy and Reef Life Restoration.Cristina is a National Geographic Photographer, Co-founder and President of the conservation society, SeaLegacy, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, the editor of 24 coffee table books on conservation issues, and sought after keynote speaker and presenter. Her images focus on demonstrating the significant relationship between human cultures, especially indigenous people, and biodiversity.
“Conservation is a puzzle,” she says. 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 is the co-founder and President of SeaLegacy.
A Mexican-born marine biologist, photographer and writer who specializes in conservation issues. Her work centers on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. As a writer and series editor of her own publishing company, Earth in Focus editions, Cristina has produced 24 stunning coffee-table books on conservation issues. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
Cristina is one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery, she sits on the board of the WILD Foundation, is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council, and of the advisory board for the Wild Seas and Waters Program and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project.