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Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
Mexico

Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier is a Mexican-born photographer based in British Columbia. Although her first career was as a  Biochemical Engineer specializing on marine sciences, it was her passion for conservation and the challenges of effectively communicating the relevance of environmental issues to our everyday life that led her to photography. Today she is blazing a trail in the field of conservation communications and she is one of the most innovative thinkers and visionaries in this field.

Cristina is the Founder and served as Executive Director of iLCP from 2005 to 2011. She also serves on the Chairman’s Council at Conservation International (CI) and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Commission on Communication and Education of the IUCN. She is a Board Member of the WILD Foundation and Lighthawk, serves on the Advisory Board of Nature's Best Foundation and the Blue Ocean Film Festival and she is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Cristina is one of Sony’s Artisans of the Image and all her work is created with Sony’s Alpha 900 system. She is a passionate and effective lecturer who often speaks on subjects ranging from conservation science to the effective use of photography in conservation. In 2010 Cristina was named one of the 40 most influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and as Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature's Best Photography.

From the popular to the scientific, her work has appeared in major magazines around the world and her passion for our beautiful planet has become the overriding theme for everything she does.

Her work is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.

Visit Cristina's website at www.cristinamittermeier.com

  • Guardians of the Reef - Spanish with Subtitles
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  • I am a guardian of the reef
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  • Punta Gorda Fisherman
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  • Sustainable Fishing practices in La Mosquitia Honduras
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  • Flathead Wild Intro
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  • Scouting Mission: Great Bear Rainforest RAVE
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  • Flathead Wild Revisited
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  • Great Bear Rainforest RAVE
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  • Flathead Wild Film
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  • NPR Interview With Cristina Mittermeier
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  • Bioko RAVE Multimedia, English Version
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Guardians of the Reef - Spanish with Subtitles

by Media Balance


With the ban on SCUBA lobster fishing imminent, the residents of La Moskitia, Honduras, are poised to transition to a safe, sustainable, economically secure future in a fishery employing artisanal fishing practices.

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I am a guardian of the reef

by iLCP


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Punta Gorda Fisherman

by iLCP


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Sustainable Fishing practices in La Mosquitia Honduras

by iLCP


Produced by iLCP Footage and editing by Tamino Castro Images by Cristina G. Mittermeier and Mikael Castro Special Consideration to the Center for Marine Ecology for support

The Moskitio people, an ethnic group living on the Mosquitio Coast, have made their living primarily as diving lobster fishermen. By diving, we mean scuba diving. As the lobster have been depleted near-shore, lobster divers have been forced to move offshore, necessitating deeper, longer dives to ensure their catch. These lobster divers are engaged in the most dangerous job in the fishery world. Many are killed or paralyzed as a result of the bends, as they are driven to dive deeper and more often in order to make a decent living.

Meanwhile, due in part to over harvesting, and in part to concern for these divers’ safety, the diving lobster fishery in this area will end next February. So, the question is “what to do?” The Center for Marine Ecology, working with the international Global Fish Alliance, is using this closure as an opportunity to implement a livelihoods transition plan to establish sustainable fisheries and no-take zones in the Honduran region of the Mesoamerican Reef. Several interesting projects make up this plan. A group of approximately 300 soon-to-be former Moskitio lobster divers will begin an artisanal lobster fishery program using casita cubanas - lobster refuges that provide shelter for the lobsters, aggregating them in one place so they are easier to collect.

 

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Flathead Wild Intro

by Epicocity and iLCP Multimedia


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Scouting Mission: Great Bear Rainforest RAVE

by iLCP


Cristina speaks for a threatened landscape and way of life.

Having Just returned from the June scouting trip for the Great Bear Rainforest RAVE, Cristina Speaks for a threatened landscape and way of life.

Large tankers plan to travel through fragile ecosystems on the BC coast in the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR). While a major oil spill is a leading concern, just the presence of these tankers disrupts the ecosystem on which the First Nations rely as well as many species which call the GBR home.

Photography: Cristina Mittermeier Video: Jenny Nichols

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Flathead Wild Revisited

by EP Films and iLCP Multimedia


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Great Bear Rainforest RAVE

by iLCP Multimedia Jenny Nichols


The Multimedia produced for the press conference for the Great Bear Rainforest RAVE in Vancouver October 16, 2010.

The Multimedia produced for the press conference for the Great Bear Rainforest RAVE in Vancouver October 16, 2010.

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Flathead Wild Film

by iLCP Multimedia and Epicocity Project


Follow the International League of Conservation Photographers for a R.A.V.E. in the Flathead River Valley in Southeastern British Columbia. The goal of these Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions is to capture compelling media to support an existing conservation effort. Here, in one of the most pristine river valleys on the planet, a proposed open pit coal mine would disrupt a critical habitat migration corridor and pollute the headwaters of Glacier National Park in the US.

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NPR Interview With Cristina Mittermeier

by NPR


Like the title says...

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Bioko RAVE Multimedia, English Version

by Cristina Mittermeier, Kathy Moran and Jenny Nichols


Travel with Joel Sartore, Christian Ziegler, Tim Laman, and Ian Nichols to Bioko, an island off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in West Africa.

Four renowned conservation photographers have brought back a disturbing yet hopeful portrait of the biodiversity, threats and efforts to conserve the small West African island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea. Despite having a significant system of protected areas, the small West African nation has been unable to stave off the relentless hunting of wildlife, and especially primates, for human consumption, which is leading to the demise of some species.

The photographers are members of the iLCP, an organization that includes some of the most acclaimed photographers of our generation and whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. RAVE, a trademarked initiative of the iLCP that stands for Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition, aims to address the challenges of modern conservation, which often demands an immediate supply of images, words and research to answer threats of imminent disruption to focus the attention from international media.

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Honduran President Burns Shark Fins, Reinforces Marine Sanctuary
Jun 1, 2012
Honduran President Burns Shark Fins, Reinforces Marine Sanctuary
Jun 1, 2012
iLCP Staff
With the Honduran declaration of its entire maritime waters as a shark sanctuary, the President provides...
Marine Protected Areas Proposed in Abrolhos
May 7, 2012
Marine Protected Areas Proposed in Abrolhos
May 7, 2012
Luciano Candisani
The images have also been used in a series of campaigns and scientific work done to support the proposed...
iLCP at International Conservation Caucus Foundation Oceans Gala
May 2, 2012
iLCP at International Conservation Caucus Foundation Oceans Gala
May 2, 2012
iLCP is proud to work with some of the world’s most influential conservation photographers to educate...
Spirit Bear in New York City
Oct 19, 2011
Spirit Bear in New York City
Oct 19, 2011
We set up tripods, we followed guides, we lived on sailboats and tugboats, we were welcomed by the Gitga’at...
Great Bear Rainforest Exhibit shines in Prince George
Aug 31, 2011
Great Bear Rainforest Exhibit shines in Prince George
Aug 31, 2011
Bring your family and friends to this free exhibition and film series at UNBC and experience the awe...
A farewell to a wild river
Jun 19, 2011
A farewell to a wild river
Jun 19, 2011
Cristina Mittermeier
...Thanks to a populist government who has sold the idea of damming the Amazon’s tributaries as a solution...
iLCP Photos Help Save the Great Bear Rainforest
Dec 6, 2013
iLCP Photos Help Save the Great Bear Rainforest
Dec 6, 2013
“It doesn’t matter how many millions of dollars Enbridge may spend on ads, we know that our real...
Lobster Fishing in the Mosquitia Reef
Nov 8, 2012
Lobster Fishing in the Mosquitia Reef
Nov 8, 2012
Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
This will be the last "commercial diving lobster season." After that, however, hundreds of divers will...
Saving the Wilderness of Flathead River Valley
Sep 18, 2012
Saving the Wilderness of Flathead River Valley
Sep 18, 2012
Mesoamerican Reef
Apr 15 ~ Jul 1, 2012
Honduras
The photos and videos from this project will advance a campaign to establish 20% of the Mesoamerican Reef as a “no-take zone” for fishing.
Belo Monte TIM
Jun 19 ~ Jun 29, 2011
Brazilian Amazon
Borderlands RAVE
Jan 25 ~ Feb 18, 2009
Fresh Water: The Essence of Life
Dec 15, 2010
With imagery from the International League of Conservation Photographers...
Fresh Water: The Essence of Life is a beautifully depicted look at the current state of our Earth’s freshwater ecosystems. A variety of authors, as well as dozens of riveting photographs and figures,...
The Wealth of Nature
Oct 31, 2009
Authors: J. McNeely, R. Mittermeier, T. Brooks, F Boltz, N Ash || Photos...
In an era of change and conflict, who do we look towards for answers to our most serious problems?
A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge
Jan 1, 2008
A CLIMATE FOR LIFE: Meeting the Global Challenge examines the impact of climate change on biodiversity and focuses on the most important challenges currently facing life on our planet.
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Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine
Nov 4, 2011
Dr. Piotr Naskrecki Foreword by Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier 384 pages...
What would you rather save from extinction: 3 different species of parrots, or a hummingbird, an owl, and a parrot?
Photo © Rich Lalonde
Everything I photograph is colored by the experiences I have had through my life ~ growing up in Mexico, being a marine biologist, raising children, writing, traveling all over the world, and a 20 year-long career in conservation.
  • iLCP Photographer Since 2005
  • Specialties
    • Photojournalism
    • Behind the scenes
    • People and Culture
  • Shoot Locations
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Antarctica
    • North America
    • South America
    • Australia
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