Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier

Paul Nicklen

Paul is a Canadian-born photographer and biologist with a specialty in polar ecosystems.


He has been an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine for 15 years. He has produced 18 stories for the magazine and is currently working on another 6. His work focuses on the delicate relationship between healthy ecosystems and marine wildlife. In addition to his collaboration with National Geographic Society, his work has been featured in hundreds of other publications around the world and he has given over 500 sold-out lectures  in over 20 countries. Most recently, Paul’s work was exhibited at the world-renowned Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and was a featured speaker at the 2011 TED Conference. He was recently named one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by BBC Magazine and his alma mater, the University of Victoria in British Columbia presented him with a lifetime achievement award for his work in promoting marine conservation.


Paul has received over 30 prestigious international awards including 14 BBC Wildlife Awards (Veolia Environnement Wildlife Awards), 5 World Press Photo Awards, several awards from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and Nature’s Best Magazine and numerous other recognitions for his work as a photojournalist and a conservationist. Paul is the 2012 winner of the BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, the first ever Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) BioGems Visionary Award winner, and is also the recipient of the 2012 First Prize for nature for the World Press Photography Organization; the largest, most prestigious recognition a photojournalist can receive.

Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures.


She has been a writer and a photographer for the past 20 years. Her work centers on the fragile balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. She has edited and co-edited 22 coffee-table books on conservation issues and her  work has been published in prestigious scientific publications like Science and Nature as well as in more popular publications and magazines. In addition to her achievements as a photographer, she is a writer, a photo editor and an engaging public speaker. Until recently she was the President of the International League of Conservation Photographers; an organization she founded and directed for 6 years. She was recently recognized as on of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers and is the recipient of the 2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association 2010 Mission Award. 

Cristina is one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery and she recently spoke TEDx Vail Women’s Conference on the idea of Enoughness and the wisdom of indigenous people. She sits on the board of the WILD Foundation and is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council and is part of the advisory board for the Wild Seas and Waters Program and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project.

As President of the iLCP Cristina lead and participated in successful conservation photography expeditions to the Bioko in Equatorial Guinea, the Flathead River Valley in British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, the Mosquitia Coast in Honduras, the coral reefs of Abrolhos in Brazil, and most recently, through Sea Legacy to the fjords of Northern Norway.