“Whenever I feel a little fear, then I know I’m in the right place”
― Cristina Mittermeier
Some friends recently invited Jane and I and our sea-faring daughter to a Wasatch Speaker Series event. The presenter was Cristina Mittermeier, an internationally renown conservation and wildlife photographer, marine biologist, and activist. Her images are amazing. But her stories and the cause she has devoted her considerable talents to was even more impressive.
Here’s some of her bio from the Wasatch Speaker Series page:
“A virtuous mind and voice in conservation photography and one of the most influential conservation photographers in the world, Cristina Mittermeier has been hailed as one of the most important outdoor photographers of her generation.
Cristina is the Co-founder and Vision Lead of the conservation society, SeaLegacy; she is a National Geographic contributing photographer, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and the editor of 26 coffee table books on conservation issues. Popular on social media, she is the first female photographer to reach 1M followers on Instagram and was a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Cristina is a sought-after Keynote Speaker, Presenter, and Panelist at events including the Women in the World 10th Anniversary Summit and the TEDx stage. She is acknowledged as one of the most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation in 2018 by Ocean Geographic, and The Men’s Journal recently named her as one of the 18 Most Adventurous Women in the World.
Cristina’s work is regularly featured in Fine Art exhibitions around the world including one at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden, where she also launched her fine art photography book, “Amaze”. The book is an inspiration for sustainable living with others and our environment that captures Cristina’s vision of creating a deeper sense of connection between humans and the environments in which we live.
Cristina has worked in more than 120 countries on every continent in the world. 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.”
I found this presentation where she shared a number of similar inspiring stories. Definitely worth watching: Cristina Mittermeier – Sacred Ecology
And here is her foundation’s website: SeaLegacy