Cristina Mittermeier

Photographer / Speaker / Mexican / Contributor to National Geographic / Co-founder of @sea_legacy / SonyArtisan / NatGeoCreative / Founder of iLCP

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Tonight Vancouver Island looked like a beautiful watercolor painting. #Home


Fishermen in Galicia set off in the early hours of the morning to find their catch in the rich waters adjacent to the Os Miñarzos Marine Protected Area in Lira. I was impressed by the importance placed on using traditional fishing arts, paired with high tech tracking strategies and the recognition of artisanal fishermen as stewards of the coast. Using the brand name "Pesca De Rias", the province gives value to products fished and processed here, and in doing so, adds value to the work of the people who fish here for a living.

#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. @galicianaturaleunica | #PescadeRias | #galiciaparaiso | #galifornia | #beauty #galicia | #berberecho | #galicia_enamora | #españa #pesca @festivalmardemares #lonxanet


Without nets, there is no fishing, and the painstaking job of repairing damaged nets, falls to a valiant group of women known as “redeiras”. Invisible almost within the world of fishing, they are anything but quiet. Through hard work, lobbying and solidarity, they have slowly gained more visibility and recognition in Galicia. I had a chance to visit with them and enjoyed the warm camaraderie among the 8-10 women who work in this shop. Carmina, Sara, Conchi and Lucy hosted me on this day with kindness and patience as I stumbled with their nets. Moving at lighting speed with needle and thread they quietly make sure fisherfolk have tools to work with.

Sin redes no hay pesca. Y el trabajo de reparar las redes dañadas es de un valiente grupo de mujeres que se conoce como las "redeiras". Casi invisibles en el mundo de la pesca, han poco a poco ido ganando más visibilidad y reconocimiento en Galicia.
#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. @galicianaturaleunica | #PescadeRias | #galiciaparaiso | #galifornia | #beauty #galicia | #berberecho | #galicia_enamora | #españa #pesca @festivalmardemares #mujeresenelmar #girlpower


La Costa da Morte, the Death Coast in northern Galicia, is best known for its rugged coast, battered by giant waves. On this day I had hoped to capture the drama of nature and instead was met with a calm sea and the gentle lullaby of a low tide. Beautiful nonetheless.
Famosa por sus marejadas, la Costa de la Muerte me dio la bienvenida con un mar calmo en la bajamar.
#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. @galicianaturaleunica | #PescadeRias | #galiciaparaiso | #galifornia | #beauty #galicia | #berberecho | #galicia_enamora | #españa #pesca @festivalmardemares #costadamorte @sonyalpha


At the crack of dawn in late September, the long-drawn ban on Galicia’s famed cockles is lifted and fifteen hundred men and women on foot and on boats rush to the cockle beds of Noia to get their share. Women like Cristina seen here sorting her catch, go by foot and they drag their clam rakes across the sandy bottom. Asleep and growing in the shallow waters of the estuary, the cockles have been protected by a ban that shelters them for several months in which no harvest is allowed and the small bivalves are allowed to reproduce and grow. Once the ban is lifted, the men and women of this small medieval-old village will converge every morning in the shallow waters for 3 hours a day, every day for 3-4 months to make a living from this delicious bivalve. This is an age old practice that has ensured the sustainable harvest of this small clam, but few places execute it more perfectly than Noia, where the community works together; the participation of women is valued and recognized as a profession; and the cockles are healthy, big, delicious and very, very valuable.

Me encantó conocer a las mariscadoras de Noia. Nunca vi tantas mujeres, tan fuertes y tan bien organizadas. Me voy inspirada por su trabajo y por la belleza de su Ría. Gracias!! #TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. @galicianaturaleunica | #PescadeRias | #galiciaparaiso | #galifornia | #beauty #galicia | #berberecho | #galicia_enamora | #españa #pesca @festivalmardemares #mujeresenelmar #lonxanet #girlpower


Ever since I went to university to study marine biology, I have been fascinated by the potential of aquaculture as a solution to feed humanity. I was delighted to find a great aquaculture product in Galicia that is producing thousands of pounds of food without killing our oceans. Mussel farms, which are not only delicious and nutritious, but which can also filter 20 liters of water per hour and require no feed and no antibiotics, have been in operation here for over 50 years. I truly enjoyed exploring this idea, imagining similar farms in other parts of the world. Thanks to Jose Luis and @gabycangas for showing me around.
#TurningtheTide with @sea_legacy @gabycangas and @erichroepke @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #explore #españa #mejillon #galiciamola #muros #vigo #bateas


A lone fisherman stands on a rock as the waves crash around him. Fishing is a way of life in Galicia and the light, the weather and the ruggedness of the landscape, often make for visual poetry.
Un pescador rodeado de olas en la costa rocosa de Galicia.
#TurningtheTide with @sea_legacy and @erichroepke @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore #españa #pesca #carnota #galiciamola #finisterre #fisterra


Photo by @justinhofman #TurningtheTide with @sea_legacy // I may be a little biased because I care so deeply about the oceans and because Justin is my friend and a member of the SeaLegacy Collective, but I think his image of a seahorse traveling with the current while riding on a plastic cotton swab should be the winner of the @nhm_wpy 2017 competition. I love all the other finalists but this image is special, not just because it offers the best narrative for the state of our oceans, it also offers a new and surprising glimpse into nature, not in the romantic way photographers want us to believe it is, but into how it actually is. Congratulations on an important capture; you make us proud! If you want to see more of Justin's impactful work #follow him at @justinhofman
Shot with @sonyalpha #A7R2


I am blown away by the beauty of Galicia's coast. There are hundreds of small villages where people go out to sea every day to make a living and have been doing so for generations. The ruggedness of the beaches, the warmth of the people, the beauty of its traditions will forever stay with me.
#TurningtheTide with @erichroepke and @festivalmardemares
Me he quedado prendada de la belleza de la costa de Galicia. De los cientos de pueblos costeros donde la gente sale al mar todos los días a ganarse la vida. De las playas, las tradiciones y calidez de las personas. Me encanta Galicia!
@galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore #españa #pesca #carnota #galiciamola


Galicia lives by the sea and every little village, with its customs and traditions going back thousands of years, paints the shore with colorful reflections: from the houses, from the boats, from the lives of the people who call this rugged shoreline, home.
#TurningtheTide with @sea_legacy and @erichroepke
Galicia vive junto al mar. Cada pueblo, con sus costumbres milenarias, pinta la costa de colores. @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore #españa #pesca #montepindo


An amazing sunset on the coast of Galicia. @turismodegalicia @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore #españa #pesca


Sustainability is a term we all seem to struggle with these days. When it comes to the oceans, however, this term has been a harvesting principle for coastal communities for thousands of years. How can you sustain your own family, community, and future if you take more than your share? Galicia, a place defined by its coastal character, is working hard to bring its fisheries back to the path of sustainability. With a mix of high tech tracking that traces each fish back to the vessel and fisherman who caught it and old-as-time fishing techniques, Galician fishermen working with the government, are building a model that guarantees abundant oceans for themselves and for the planet. Still evolving into a more perfect system, but far better than many countries whose livelihoods depend on the sea. Way to go Galicia!

@turismodegalicia @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore #españa #pesca


Nature finds a way. Exploring this beautiful corner of Spain in my search for sustainable aquaculture and fishing.
@turismodegalicia y @galicianaturaleunica #pescadeRias #galiciaparaiso #galifornia #travel #landscape #beauty #galicia #galicia_enamora #nature #view #explore


The lives of coastal people depend on a healthy ocean. Fishermen around the world, like these sailors from Kanyakumari departing port at first light in the southern tip of India, set their sails and go out to sea every day in hopes of bringing back some catch for the day. How we manage coastal resources, especially in places like India, a country with very little scientific data on their fish populations, will determine the fate of millions of fishing communities around the world.

I am heading to Spain this week, where I will be photographing coastal communities and fishermen who have been doing this for hundreds of years. I want to know what the secret to sustainable fisheries is.

#TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy and @jennygnichols

@NatGeoCreative #nature #photography #10by2020 #protectnature #festivalmardemares #galicia #españa #sunrise #morning #fishing


I am thinking about the northern fjords of Norway and how tragic it would be if they were open to oil drilling. The oil industry has been battling for control over this region for the past 20 years without success, but with new elections on September 11, both political parties are talking about opening the area up for drilling.

Please leave a comment below and mention both Norwegian Prime Minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground.
Join us on the link in my bio to stay up to date.
#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #Lofoten #leavetheoilintheground


An orca powers on the surface as it chases a school of herring in the fjords of northern Norway.
Incomprehensibly, these fjords are under threat as the Norwegian government is planning to open these areas for oil drilling. The oil industry has been battling for control over this region for the past 20 years without success, but with new elections, both political parties are talking about it. It goes without saying that this would devastate the area, its local communities, its delicate ecosystem, and its unparalleled beauty.
Negotiations to open the area for drilling start after the 11th September Norwegian elections, and we urgently need your help to protect it.
Please leave a comment below and mention both Norwegian Prime Minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground. For more information, visit the Lofoten campaign website (link in bio). #TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #Lofoten #oilintheground


Everything in the Arctic is majestic! Monumental snowy peaks look like a miniature painting from the air as we bid farewell to the Arctic.
#TurningtheTide with @sea_legacy @paulnicklen @Justin.Hofman @steinretzlaff @Kyle.Roepke and @derek_rushton
A huge thanks to the crew of the MY Archimedes for their incredible passion for our oceans and for their friendship and support. It takes thousands of committed people to change the world and I cannot think of a better team to share the journey with. #TurningtheTide with @the_walsh_street_journal @victorialeedennis @fistfulofsanddollars @cari.childers @mj_coleman88 @ccasson3 @peter_quarrie @sasahenkel @lets_go_barefoot @max__haynes @shem_mitchell @super.yacht.chef @barbarossavich @big_v_mosh @puravida89 @sieshells
#gratitude | #10by2020 | #protectnature | #loveEarth


Peter Aviki, a traditional Inuit hunter from northern Greenland, gives his dog team a break after a long morning of hard work. As much as the landscape and as much as the wildlife, it is the people of the Arctic that hold my fascination. The resilience, cleverness, and determination of the Inuit people from the circumpolar regions is one of the most amazing stories of adaptability and survival. Despite the many wrongs they have endured and the many challenges imposed by the harsh climate conditions of the Arctic, they have persevered. In places like the Greenlandic Arctic Inuit communities maintain their ties to the sea ice, to hunting for subsistence, and to the unforgiving nature of the northern latitudes.
#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy, @NatGeoPristineSeas @NatGeo and @PaulNicklen.

#TheLastIce | #polar | #climatechangeisreal | #photography | #tradition | #Arctic


We watched for a couple of hours as this polar bear patiently laid on its belly, waiting for a seal to pop up from a hole in the ice. He eventually fell sleep and we moved on.

#TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy, @PaulNicklen @Justin.Hofman @VictoriaLeeDennis @FistfulofSandDollars @CCasson3

@NatGeoCreative | #LancasterSounds | #MPA | #10by2020 | #Canada | #Mexican


The best thing about working in the Arctic is spending time with the wildlife. Harp seals, polar bears, beluga whales and narwhals. It is not only a remarkable ecosystem, it's health is imperative to the health of the whole planet. See what we are doing at @sea_legacy onky bio toto find out how you can help make that happen.
#TurningtheTide with @paulnicklen in the Canadian Arctic

#10by2020 | #nature | #baby | #polar | #instagram #Mexico


The scenics in the Canadian Arctic are quite possibly some of the most dramatic I have ever seen. Glacier after glacier framed by towering peaks, all draining their frozen meltwater into the fjords and sounds.

#TurningtheTide with @PaulNicklen, @victorialeedennis @ccasson3 @carilyndimples @fistfulofsanddollars @kyle.roepke @steinretzlaff @derekrushton and @NatGeoPristineSeas


What lives in the underwater realm of the Arctic? I was surprised on my first Arctic dive to find this adorable translucent creature. Winged pteropods or sea butterflies are delicate animals. At about one inch long, they use their “wings” to swim around but they are so small that they are mostly at the mercy of currents. I followed this little guy for a few minutes as it bounced around along the surface of the cold Arctic sea.

#TurningtheTide with @paulnicklen and @Sea_Legacy, @natgeo, @natgeopristineseas @victorialeedennis @fistfulofsanddollars @ccasson3 @carilynndimples and @eyosexpeditions in Lancaster Sound Marine Conservation Area.

#Underwater | #butterfly | #naturephotography | #conservation | #wildlife | @sonyalpha


Inspired by my friend @fistfulofsanddollars, here is the view from work today.
#TurningtheTide in beautiful Lancaster Sound Marine Conservation Area.
With @paulnicklen, @justinhofman, @paulnicklengallery @victorialeedennis
@NatGeo | @NatGeoPristineSeas | @NatGeoCreative | #reflections | #nature | #beauty
Thanks to @eyosexpeditions for putting us out here and to @sonyalpha for their support.


As a new drone pilot, I didn’t expect one of my first flights to reveal so much. Watching a migration of belugas from the air as they traveled across the shallow estuaries of the Arctic, revealed that they are not only traveling in social and very vocal groups, but that baby belugas are not only adorable, they are also pink and very playful.
#TurningtheTide for #LastIce with @PaulNicklen, @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @Sea_Legacy @justinHofman @victorialeedennis @fistfulofsanddollars @ccasson3 @eyosexpeditions

@NatGeoCreative | #MarineProtectedArea | #babybeluga | #aerialphotography | #beauty


Coming around the corner into northern Baffin Island, we came upon a large pan of ice where a mother and her two cubs were resting. These two cuties were rolling around on the ice to cool themselves off. How can that not make us smile?
In the Canadian Arctic thanks to an #angeldonor who facilitated our @SeaLegacy team being here.

#TurningtheTide with @PaulNicklen @victorialeedennis @fistfulofsanddollars @justinhofman @eyosexpeditions for @Sea_Legacy

#gratitude #conservation #beauty #polarbear #ocean #beauty @fjallravenusa


While in the Arctic, one of my favorite pastimes at sea is finding shapes in the ice. Yesterday was an extremely calm day and the reflections were otherworldly. In this whimsical piece, I see the shape of a fish or an arrowhead. My friend @victorialeedennis is sees the shape of a seal. What do you see?

In the newly-protected Lancaster Sound Marine Conservation Area

With @PaulNicklen, @SteinRetzlaff, @DerekRushton, @kyle.roepke @fistfulofsanddollars @victorialeedennis @ccasson3
Click the link in my bio to learn more.
#10by2020 | #nature | #ocean | #polar | #ice | #conservation | #beauty |#GOT | @the_explorers_club @natgeocreative |@sonyalpha | @eyosexpeditions | @leonardodicaprio #turningthetide with @sea_legacy


So exciting to be in the Canadian Arctic in time to celebrate the announcement of a new Marine Conservation Area. In a bold move, Canada, under the leadership of @justinpjtrudeau, just doubled the size of its marine protection. Beautiful Lancaster Sound is now set aside for the benefit of all humanity and the @sea_legacy team is here to document the good news. CLick on the link in my bio to learn more.
#nature | #polar | #protection | #lastice | @leonardodicaprio | @natgeopristineseas | @[email protected] | @fistfulofsanddollars | @carrolinejanee | @the_explorers_club | @eyosexpeditions | @leonardodicaprio #turnongthetide with @sea_legacy


When the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign phoned me to invite me to participate In their visionary plan to reframe what it means to be a princess, @Takaiya_Blaney and I had already been planning working together, so we were both delighted to jump on board. She is a singer, song-writer, drummer and speaker for her people, the Tla’amin First Nation of British Columbia; I have spent most of my career exploring the relationship that indigenous people have with nature - truly a match made in heaven.
From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.


Being a part of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign has allowed me to dig into some of the oldest corners of my story as a photographer. As a young mother I enrolled in the #Corcoran College for the Arts to begin my journey as a student of photography. Armed with an old Pentax 645, I set out on my first assignment to shoot my favorite subject.
As a 4 year old, and to the horror of her fellow princesses, the fearless @Jittermeier was a true #WarriorPrincess. Often seen in her latest #Disney outfit and oblivious to dirt or mud, she would be out by the pond catching turtles or snakes.
This image was the very first photograph I made. I developed it in the wet darkroom and to this day I treasure the result. Through the magic of photo chemistry, my wonderful @jittmermeier was revealed in all her warrior princess splendor.
From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

#Pride #Beauty #Wonder #GirlsUp #GirlPower #Disney #Princess | #daughter| #shoes


As I travel and meet wonderful girls, like this girl from the Vezo fishing tribe, I often wonder, "what is her full potential?" What would she be able to achieve, change, inspire, if she only had access to the same opportunities I have been able to give my daughter (the wonderful @jittermeier)? That said, I also am often envious of the carefree, simple lifestyle that a lot of people, we might deem as “poor” often lead. In the end, it is all about opportunity. With my camera, I try to provide a moment of “importance”, pride, and celebrity, to girls and women, who might otherwise be invisible. I try to portray my subjects as “fully formed people”, with all the beauty, happiness, and potential they bring to the world.

Want to help girls reach their full potential? From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

#Pride #Beauty #Wonder #GirlsUp #GirlPower #Disney #Princess