Cristina is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures. As a writer and a photographer for the past 25 years, her work centers on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was recently recognized as one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by the Outdoor Photography Magazine. She 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, she sits on the board of the WILD Foundation, is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council, and of the advisory board for the Wild Seas and Waters Program and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project. As a public speaker she has given presentations in forums ranging from the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage. Cristina is the Executive Director of SeaLegacy.
Quote: “Mirrorless is a game changer for me and the reasons I like it have nothing to do with the size of the sensor, the number of megapixels, the size of the LCD or the technical specs that gear heads love to talk about. For me, it’s all about the quality of the image that I get from a camera that I can always have with me.”