Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier graduated from the ITESM University in Mexico with a degree in Biochemical Engineering in Marine Sciences before attending the Fine Art Photography program at the Corcoran College for the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2005 Mittermeier founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) to provide a platform for photographers working on environmental issues—a discipline that she coined as “conservation photography”. In 2014 she co-founded SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization that uses strategic communications at the intersection of art, science, and conservation to protect and rewild the ocean for the benefit of biodiversity, humanity and climate within our lifetimes. Mittermeier’s work has been published in hundreds of prominent magazines including National Geographic, TIME and Maclean’s Magazine. Along with her partner, Paul Nicklen, Cristina was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2018 and has recently joined the Rolex Perpetual Planet Initiative. Cristina has been honoured with many notable awards including the Seattle Aquarium’s Sylvia Earle Medal and Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Award. She was named one of the 100 Latinos Most Committed to Climate Action.