Cristina Mittermeier@cristinamittermeier

Co-Founder @SeaLegacy / Photographer / Adventurer at National Geographic / @globalsurvey17 Ambassador for SDG 14: "Life Below Water" / SonyArtisan

www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/03/iran-wildlife-conservationists-jailed/

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Photo and caption by @FransLanting // The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage.

If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." Here the Link to the Petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/626/639/055/conservationists-face-death-penalty-in-iran/ @hassanrouhani @jzarif @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @FedericaMog @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #FreeIranianConservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature ⁩⁩#wildlife #conservation #cheetahs #bigcats اميد_براى_طبيعت#


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Taking a break from the seriousness of a cultural festival, three young Enga men roughhouse on the grass after finishing off a coca cola. Yes, giant corporations have found their way to permeate every aspect of human life around our planet. The annual Mount Hagen Sing Sing festival in the highlands of Papua New Guinea gathers thousands of villagers to compete to determine which group is the most traditional one. #PapuaNewGuinea #explore #tradition #community #photography


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In the gorgeous underwater white sand beaches of Tiger Beach, young @SharkL0ve dives down to greet an old friend: a massive female Great Hammerhead called “Queen”. Logan Kanan makes a living sharing her passion and love of sharks with the hundreds of tourists who come to dive on board the MV Kate in the Bahamas. Spending so much time with these often misunderstood marine predators has been the most enlightening experience I have had in a long time. They are not monsters or blood thirsty predators. With their unique quirks, personalities, and their absolute right to rule at the top of the food chain, they are a reminder of how special our planet’s oceans are. #follow @skarkl0ve and @tigersharkcrew to learn more about how to live in harmony with sharks. #sharkcrew #saveoursharks #definetelytrythis #tigerbeach #sharksanctuary #bahamasoceanpride
With @paulnicklen @sealegacy @tigerbeachsharkcrew @bradleyphotographic @bradleyprintservices @sharkmanconnor


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In remote Amazonian villages, body painting is an act of social bonding, creating art and building community. The artist dips a thin reed in a bowl of semi-permanent ink, made with a mix of genipap fruit and charcoal, to paint these sharp designs. It takes both a caring and careful hand to create such beautiful and precise lines. Each design is unique, created to reflect the characteristics and attributes of the person being painted. #bodypainting #Amazon #Kayapo#community #photography


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If you’ve ever heard an orca's call, you know that they communicate using a series of clicks and whistles and pulses. But, did you know that different pods have their own unique dialects? Sound, and the ability to hear, are as crucial in these underwater communities as they are in our own.

A seismic survey utilizes a combination of air guns and water guns to blast the ocean floor with acoustic vibrations; shockwaves bounce off layers of rock and feed back information, showing oil companies where to drill. The problem with this is that the impacts of seismic testing on marine life, including mammals like these orca, are well documented. It's so loud that it can cause hearing loss, changes in behavioural patterns, as well as damage to fish larvae, to name only a few.
Since 2001, the Lofoten region has been protected by a temporary ban on oil activity, which has been successfully renewed six times with support from local communities, municipal governments and sustainable fisheries.

On April 7, Norway’s Labour Party @arbeiderpartiet will decide if it supports permanent protection for this region from oil exploration. Tell them that protecting Lofoten is absolutely the right thing to do - for Norway, for the oceans, for our future. Sign the petition (link in bio) & light a beacon of solidarity. #OilFreeLofoten🔥🌊


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Kayaking through the Antarctic Peninsula provides a beautiful perspective of this polar landscape. Life here easily goes from serene to wild, but there is always a choir of wildlife calling out as they carry about their busy days. I am so thankful for opportunities to visit and photograph such a secluded, yet vital region of our planet.
#FlashbackFriday #polar #wildlife #ocean


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What time does it mean to have enough? Seeking answers, I look within, to the glimmering constellations of experiences that have shaped who I am. The brightest stars among them have been the countless remote villages and hamlets where I have been gifted great kindness and humanity. When I have been cold, I have been invited to the fire. When I have been tired, lonely, or sad, people whose language I did not speak and whose culture I did not understand have offered me sympathy and companionship. The Kayapo are a tribes-people in Brazil - they live off of the water and the land, where as children they first played. In this photo, a mother bathes with her baby in the Xingu River, where the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, operational as of 2016, forced thousands of indigenous people out of their homes.

You can read more about the Xingu River and the Belo Monte in my article, written before the completion of the dam, at the link in my bio.


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Meet #sonyalphafemale mentor @carolinej and mentee @coletterobinson as we continue to celebrate #internationalwomensday. Caroline teaches incredible courses all about light, color and creativity and loves to watch artists grow and create the art they’re meant to create.

Colette creates colourful stop-motion videos to evoke a sense of wonder and excitement, encouraging others to unleash their own creativity and find magic in everyday life.

Follow @CarolineJ and @ColetteRobinson as they educate, inspire and encourage women all over the world to pursue their creativity.
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#IWD #IWD2019 #internationalwomensday #sonyalphafemale @TheDanielleDaSilva @BrookeShaden @ErinHogue @merakoh@nitashiajohnson @SaraFrance@Studio22Photography @carolinej @coletterobinson #internationalwomensday2019 #colettestopmotion #art #artistsoninstagram #blackandwhite


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Say hello to #SonyAlphaFemale mentor @SaraFrance and mentee Megan Allen (@Studio22Photography) as we continue to celebrate #internationalwomensday this week! “International Women’s Day is all about recognizing the women around us who support and encourage us,” says Sara France. “They tell us we are doing a great job and cheer us on from the sidelines. Through example they show us how to be our best selves. We can all be mentors and we can all be mentees. I chose to mentor the incredible Megan Allen because I saw her passion and drive for what she does. I want everyone in the industry to feel inspired by her example. She flows through her creative process with ease and creates compelling, edgy, dynamic portraits. I want her to continue to lean in to who she uniquely is as a woman and creator. I also want her to learn from my mistakes and successes. We all deserve a little short cut, and I know that she is already making such a difference in the industry. My heart is to help her amplify that impact even more.”
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First image by @Studio22Photography
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#IWD #IWD2019#internationalwomensday#sonyalphafemale @TheDanielleDaSilva @BrookeShaden @ErinHogue @merakoh @nitashiajohnson @SaraFrance @Studio22Photography @carolinej @coletterobinson #wedding #weddingphotography


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All life on earth has ties to the ocean, but if you don't live near the water it can be easy to forget, or simply to not understand, how important the ocean is to the health of our planet. For people who live in small coastal communities where life unfolds next to the water, whether it is a river, a lake or an ocean, water itself is a part of that community. We all depend on water not just to survive, but as source of spirituality, transportation, jobs, and food. It also plays a crucial role to the empowerment of women who live there. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Sustainable Development Goal #5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This week, I will be sharing stories about the inspiring women I've met through my work as a photographer.


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This week I am celebrating #internationalwomensday alongside my fellow #SonyAlphaFemales. I am excited to introduce you to these women, and over the next five days I will spotlight the inspiring #sonyalphafemaleteams of mentors and mentees!
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Meet mentor @merakoh and mentee @nitashiajohnson as we celebrate #internationalwomensday. Me Ra and Nitashia both share a passion for portrait photography that digs for the deeper stories. “It’s an honor to work with Nitashia,” says Me Ra Koh. “She is drawn to the individual’s story where I love the story of family--like these five sisters in Italy who are all bookworms.

From a photography standpoint and being a keen portrait photographer myself, I love how Nitashia's work celebrates the human spirit. You see strength, depth and confidence when you look at her portraits.
Follow her to lose yourself in the beauty of portraiture! What I love most about Nitashia is that she is a force for good, a superhero that fights to promote creativity in children. Her nonprofit @thesmartprojectprogram empowers teens through mentorship in the arts. Before photography, I taught high school English to at-risk youth in Seattle for almost 7 years! This is one of many dynamics that makes Nitashia a kindred spirit. You'll want to follow The Smart Project program!
The @SonyAlphaFemale program is not only making a difference in her life, but Nitashia is going to pass it down to countless students she impacts. That is something worth celebrating!

Follow @merakoh and @nitashiajohnson as they empower women and young people to follow their dreams! #internationalwomensday2019 .
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#IWD #IWD2019#internationalwomensday#sonyalphafemale @TheDanielleDaSilva @BrookeShaden @ErinHogue @merakoh @nitashiajohnson @SaraFrance @Studio22Photography @carolinej @coletterobinson #art #artistsoninstagram


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Female elders. They often hold more wisdom than anyone can imagine. Often ignored, undervalued and underestimated, we all would be wise to listen to the ones in our lives. Who are the female elders in your life? #internationalwomensday


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