Cristina Mittermeier@cristinamittermeier

Photographer / Speaker / Adventurer at National Geographic / Founder of ILCP/ SonyArtisan / Founder of @Sea_Legacy

Pantanal cowboys, or pantaneiros, rush through the swamplands; the hooves of their horses displacing the water they gallop through. Cattle ranchers in Brazil's Pantanal region have reached a balance with their environment. Subsistence-sized cattle herds help keep the landscape open for the planet’s largest wetland to thrive.


The powder blue mountain frog (Philautus Asankai) is a beautiful and colourful frog that seems to be smiling all the time. Waiting at night, in the rain, surrounded by the chorus of a million frogs, in Sinharaja World Heritage Site, made these amphibians a joy to photograph.


Why am I so fascinated by the ocean and the creatures that call it home? Maybe because there is no feeling like staring into the blue depths of the sea, just to catch a glimpse of an amazing creature, like a baby whale shark, as it slips away back into the blue. The whale shark is listed as an endangered species and is often the victim of bycatch, the accidental capture of non-target species in fishing gear. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy


My dear friend and colleague @AmiVitale, Dave Matthews (@davematthewsband) and @conservationorg are doing amazing work with elephants through community based conservation in Kenya.

While the UK is introducing one of the world’s toughest ivory bans, and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are strengthening their own bans, the US is taking steps backwards, to ease the import of so called “elephant trophies.” Please take a few moments to watch this new video of Dave and his incredible song “Mother of Africa” at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) - and then make a $10 contribution to support the sanctuary, and enter to win a chance at a luxury safari to Kenya and see Dave in concert with Prizeo. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems. Film by @amivitale @danehenrydigital @brettlowell. ———————————————————————- @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrich @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


The helplessness one feels when you encounter a wild animal that has either ingested or become entangled with manmade materials is downright devastating. This female steller sea lion has swallowed a fishing lure and cannot get rid of the strong monofilament that forces her to carry this piece of fishing gear dangling from her mouth for months or even years, principally causing her distress as she tries to feed her newborn pup. The best way for us to help is to stop the using ‘single-use plastics.’ Say no to plastic items, such as utensils, straws, plastic bottles, and plastic bags. #planetorplastic


A vivid sunset is reflected in the still waters of the Xingú River, where Kayapó indians half sink their canoes to prevent them from rotting.


A lone female rain wolf patrols the tidal flats of coastal British Columbia in search of shellfish. On Monday, May 21st @paulnicklen and I will have the honor of speaking at an exclusive cocktail party SAVING PLANET EARTH ONE WOLF AT A TIME, to support our friends at the Wolf Conservation Center. The WCC has served, for over two decades, as a breeding and pre-release facility for two of the most critically endangered species in North America – the Mexican Grey wolf and the Red Wolf, and as an education center to inform the public about the plight of wolves. I hope you can join us at this fun and lively event to support their mission. See details in my bio.


Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would get to see such an awesome sight: a group of humpback whales bubble-netting and feeding together. On an expedition for @sea_legacy, #cetacealab, and #gitgaat First Nations, @PaulNicklen and I spent 4 hours following this group as they created over 100 bubble nets, a coordinated tactic for capturing many fish at once, and worked their way down Verney Passage, near Hartley Bay. With @bctough #turningthetide #whales #ocean #instagood #instahub #beauty #love


There is a special sweetness in motherhood; its essence is hard to capture and convey, yet can be felt intuitively. A mother in Ecuador shares her strength, wisdom, and unwavering diligence to fostering the people and places she loves as she takes her kids and her sheep out to the fields for the day. This is what #Enoughness is all about. Happy Mother’s Day!


The Quechua people, from the highlands of Peru, have believed in a supreme power, the Pachamama, or Mother Earth for thousands of years. They entrust in her to protect them and to address their needs. In return, they take care of her. This type of spiritual ecology is the foundation of a more sustainable future. Honor your mom and mother earth this Mother's Day with a donation that will help create healthy and abundant oceans, for us and for the planet. Click the link in my bio to make a donation in your mother's name and we'll send her a special e-card to let her know. Say thank you by creating the world she deserves!


While on a @Sea_Legacy expedition in the northern fjords of Norway, @PaulNicklen and I came across this beautiful mother orca and her calf. Orcas are not only resilient and intelligent, but they help mold the ecosystem they inhabit and the form one of the greatest matriarchal societies in the Ocean. We must continue to protect the ocean to let these animals thrive. Do so in honour of your mother this Mother’s Day. Click the link in my bio make a donation towards healthy and abundant oceans in your mother’s name.


A mother harp seal looks out into the frozen sea with her pup by her side. Harp seal mothers nurse their young for two weeks before the pups are left to fend for themselves at 40 to 45 kilograms. Honour your mom this Mother's Day with a donation that will help create healthy and abundant oceans, for us and for the planet. Click the link in my bio to make a donation in your mother's name and @sea_legacy will send her a special e-card to let her know.


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