Cristina Mittermeier

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Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier
Cristina Mittermeier.jpg
BornCristina Sofía Goettsch Cabello
(1966-11-26)November 26, 1966
Mexico City, Mexico
NationalityMexican, American
EducationBiochemical Engineer/Fisheries and Marine Biology
Alma materITESM
Known forFounder and former presidentInternational League of Conservation Photographers
Partner(s)Russell Mittermeier Paul Nicklen

Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier (born Cristina Sofía Goettsch Cabello: November 26, 1966 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a photographer. She has coauthored books for popular and scientific audiences, as well as scientific papers and magazine articles. She is founder, former President, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.[1]


Mittermeier received her undergraduate degree in marine biology from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, (ITESM) in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico in 1989.[2] She married Dr. Russell Mittermeier in 1991 and the two of them moved to Great Falls, Virginia.[3] It is with him that she has coauthored several books. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, she conducted fieldwork in the Gulf of California and the Yucatan Peninsula in subjects including marine mammals, fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity research and conservation.

The Kayapo, Cristina Mittermeier

Mittermeier studied photography at the Corcoran College for the Arts in Washington, D.C. (no degree). Her images focus on demonstrating the important relationship between human cultures, especially indigenous people and biodiversity.

A good portion of her work centers on a tribe from the central Amazon called the Kayapo (see image on the left). The Kayapo continue to invite her back to photograph their way of life and their struggle to keep their territory and she said she "tries to bring that story out in the most dignified, compelling way"[4] she can. Mittermeier said that she’s passionate about the lives and struggles of indigenous people and the important role they play to protect biodiversity, languages, culture, and landscapes.

In 2005, Mittermeier created the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), and in 2011 resigned from her position as the organization's President.[5] She sits on the Board of Directors of the WILD Foundation,[6] and the Chairman's Council of Conservation International (her ex-husband's organization).[7] Mittermeier also photographed, and was integral to the deliberations of, the Defying Ocean's End Conference[8] (Los Cabos, Mexico 2003), working closely with Dr. Sylvia Earle.

In 2008, she was named one of Sony's Artisans of Imagery.[9]

In 2014, Mittermeier, together with world renowned National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen, co-founded SeaLegacy, an organization that uses visual storytelling and photography to further the cause of ocean conservation.


Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier has edited or coauthored nineteen books, including the CEMEX Conservation Book Series.[10]


International Journal of Wilderness. Conservation Photography, Art, Ethics and Action[12]

Nature Biodiversity Hotspots for Conservation Priorities[13]

Science. Marine Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation Priorities for Tropical Reefs[14]

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Wilderness and biodiversity conservation in PNAS [15]

Conservation Biology. Warfare in Biodiversity Hotspots [16]

Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Picturing Culture.[17]

Popular Photography. Photography Innovators of 2006.[18]

Popular Photography. New Networks for Conservation Photographers.[19]

Naturescapes. Disclosure and Truthfulness in Conservation Photography, a Photojournalism Moral Compass[20]

Photomedia. Conservation Photography: Art Born of Environmental Ethic [21]

Pronature Photography[22]

Huffington Post (Huffpost Green) 'Witness: Defining Conservation Photography' Explores Art's Purpose In Protecting Nature[23]


Nature's Best Conservation Photographer of the Year 2010[24]

Member of the World Photographic Academy[25]

North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) 2010 Mission Award

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  1. ^ International League of Conservation Photographers. "Meet ILCP Senior Fellow Photographer Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier".
  2. ^ Klaus, Kari (December 8, 2009). "Cristina Mittermeier: Picturing a Hopeful World". Conservation International.
  3. ^ Crawford, Beverly (February 5, 2003). "Who Is Cristina Mittermeier?". Great Falls Connection.
  4. ^ YouTube user fineprintimaging (February 25, 2011). "Voices Behind the Lens". International League of Conservation Photographers.
  5. ^ Manfredo, Michael J. (2009). Wildlife and Society: The Science of Human Dimensions. Washington D.C.: Island Press. p. 335.
  6. ^ The WILD Foundation. "Members of the Board". Archived from the original on 2012-12-28.
  7. ^ Conservation International. "Chairman's Council".
  8. ^ VGuide. "Cristina Mittermeier Video Interviews".
  9. ^ CreativeLIVE. "Cristina Mittermeier Biography".
  10. ^ CEMEX Building the Future. "Conservation".
  11. ^ Conservation International. "Hotspots Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Threatened Terrestrial Ecoregions".
  12. ^ Mittermeier, Cristina (April 2005). "Conservation Photography: Art, Ethics, and Action". International Journal of Wilderness. 11 (1): 8–13.
  13. ^ Mittermeier, Russel; Mittermeier, Cristina; et al. (February 24, 2000). "Biodiversity Hotspots for Conservation Priorities". Nature. 403 (6772): 853–858. doi:10.1038/35002501. PMID 10706275.
  14. ^ Mittermeier, Cristina; et al. (February 15, 2002). "Marine Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation Priorities for Tropical Reefs". Science. 295 (5558): 1280–1284. doi:10.1126/science.1067728. PMID 11847338.
  15. ^ Mittermeier, Russel; Mittermeier, Cristina; et al. (2003). "Wilderness and Biodiversity Conservation". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 100 (18): 10309–10313. doi:10.1073/pnas.1732458100. PMC 193557.
  16. ^ Hanson, Thor; Brooks, Thomas M.; et al. (June 2009). "Warfare in Biodiversity Hotspots". Conservation Biology. 23 (3): 578–587. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01166.x.
  17. ^ Castleberry, Kim (March 2, 2010). "Picturing Culture". Outdoor Photographer.
  18. ^ American Photo Staff (December 16, 2008). "Photography Innovators of 2006". Pop Photo.
  19. ^ Scheer, Roddy (December 19, 2008). "New Networks for Conservation Photographers". Pop Photo.
  20. ^ Mittermeier, Cristina; Relanzon, Inaki (October 13, 2008). "Disclosure and Truthfulness in Conservation Photography, a Photojournalism Moral Compass". NatureScapes.
  21. ^ Mittermeier, Cristina Goettsch (January 1, 2006). "Conservation Photography: Art Born of Environmental Ethic - A Distinct Discipline Within Nature Photography". NatureScapes.
  22. ^ Borland, Charlie (November 21, 2010). "Interview with Christina Mittermeier of the iLCP". Pronature Photographer: the Business of Outdoor and Nature Photography.
  23. ^ International League of Conservation Photographers (January 6, 2011). "'Witness: Defining Conservation Photography' Explores Art's Purpose in Protecting Nature". Huffington Post.
  24. ^ Nature's Best Photography. "Conservation Photographer of the Year Award".
  25. ^ World Photography Organisation. "Cristina Mittermeier". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23.

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