Cristina is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues. 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. As a writer and series editor of her own publishing company, Earth in Focus editions, Cristina has produced 24 stunning coffee-table books on conservation issues and her work has been published in prestigious scientific publications including Science and Nature as well as in more popular publications and magazines, including National Geographic. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and was recently recognized as one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine 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. She is also the 2016 recipient of the Imaging Alliance “Photographers who Give Back” Award.
Cristina is one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery, she sits on the board of the WILD Foundation, and is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council.
As a public speaker she has given presentations in forums ranging from the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the TEDx stage. Cristina is the founder and President of SeaLegacy, a non profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of ocean conservation through visual storytelling and photography.