Instagram Takeover: Cristina Mittermeier

To celebrate our #FollowTheFrog campaign we invited leading environmental photographers to take over our Instagram for a week. We were honored to have Cristina Mittermeier (http://instagram.com/cristinamittermeier), world-renowned photographer, conservationist, Sony Artisan of Imagery and Director of SeaLegacy, share her stunning photos and amazing adventures on our account.

Check out more of Cristina’s work at http://www.cristinamittermeier.com/

 

 

Day 1 @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover of @rainforestalliance. Throughout my 20 year long career as a conservation photographer, I have been lucky to see many of the rainforests of the world through the eyes of the indigenous people who live there. This week I would like to share a few of my favorite images like this one of a Yimas girl from Papua New Guinea. My hope is that these photographs become ambassadors for places around the world that are important to the well-being of all of humanity and that are disappearing all too rapidly. My goal is to help @rainforestalliance reach 20,000 followers by the end of the week so that our voices can be added to their efforts to protect the last rainforests of this beautiful planet. #IGtakeover #followthefrog #rainforests #life #nature #wild #animals #love #amazing #Papuanewguinea #jungle #cute #indigenouspeople #enoughness #sonyalpha @natgeocreative

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Day 1. @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover for @rainforestalliance. Every summer thousands of villagers from the highland communities of Papua New Guinea converge in major towns for a Sing sing; a traditional festival where they get to showcase their culture. For me, finding the small, human moments amongst a sea of people was the most fun part of this assignment. Settled in the midst of one of the last, largest, most intact rainforests of the planet, the 11 million people that inhabit the island of New Guinea help tell a story of survival and adaptation. #IGtakeover #followthefrog #rainforests #life #nature #wild #animals #love #amazing #Papuanewguinea #jungle #cute #indigenouspeople #enoughness #sonyalpha @natgeocreative

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Day 2 @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover for @rainforestalliance. The photograph makes this lizard from the Sinharaja rainforest in Sri Lanka look almost prehistoric. Callouts calotes the Sri Lankan garden lizard lives within small “islands” of rainforest that still exist in Sri Lanka. Most of the forest has been cut down for tea plantations but the pockets that remain are incredibly rich in amphibians and small reptiles that are found nowhere else on Earth. Please follow @rainforestalliance to help us create more awareness about these amazing places. #IGtakeover #followthefrog #rainforests #life #nature #wild #animals #love #amazing #srilanka #jungle #cute #indigenouspeople #enoughness #sonyalpha @natgeocreative #reptiles

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Day 3 @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover. @paulnicklen and I stood in the middle of this river that runs through the boreal forest of the Yukon to photograph the Northern Lights as they danced across the sky. The Canadian boreal region is 1,000 kilometres wide and separates the tundra in the north from the lush temperate rainforests that predominate in southwestern Canada. Canada's boreal forest is also considered to be the largest intact forest on earth, with around 3 million square kilometres still undisturbed by roads, cities and industrial development. @rainforestalliance #IGtakeover #followthefrog #followme #rainforest #life #nature #wild #animals #love #amazing #canada #play #cute #sonyalpha @natgeocreativeo

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@cristinamittermeier @rainforestalliance #takeover. The mighty Xingu River under an Amazonian rainbow As a result of deforestation and climate change, Brazil is currently undergoing a devastating, record-breaking drought, which has left cities like Sao Paulo almost entirely without water. An undiscussed side effect of this drought is impact on hydroelectric dams,such as the Belo Monte dam, which is being built on the basin of the mighty Xingú River, seen here under the glow of a lovely #rainbow. With the dry season beginning, dams in drought-affected regions could fall to as little as 10% of capacity, which not only defeats the purpose of a dam, but as the new Mines and Energy Minister, Eduardo Braga, admits would be “catastrophic” for energy security. #conservation #amazon #rainforest #indigenous #climatejustice #environment #climatechange #globalwarming #climate #photography #picoftheday #travel #savorthejourney #enoughness #environment #globalecology #globalclimate #love, #happy, #beautiful #family #life #sun #nature #beauty, #truth, #light, #trees #enoughness #sonyalpha

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Day 5 @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover. A group of Kayapo children runs across the Rio Pequeno, one of the thousands of small tributaries that eventually drains into the Amazon. Logging, mining, cattle ranching, all contribute to deforestation but the greatest threat to the Amazonian rainforest comes from mega dams, like the Belo Monte, which is being built in the headwaters of the Rio Xingu. If we allow this kind of obsolete, short-sighted energy development to continue, rivers like this and the rainforests they support will disappear. Please help me bring attention to these issues by following @rainforestalliance. Your voice does make a difference. #conservation #amazon #rainforest #indigenous #climatejustice #environment #climatechange #globalwarming #climate #animals #river #water #love #pet #friends #tradition #enoughness #sonyalpha

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Day 7 @cristinamittermeier #IGtakeover. "We envision a world where people can thrive and prosper in harmony with the land” is what the Rainforest Alliance's Vision statement reads. As a photographer concerned with the future of our planet’s biodiversity and with the well-being of indigenous people, and in fact of all humanity, I enthusiastically share that vision. It has been an honor to be an ambassador for their work this week and I thank all the support of the followers who have added their voices and their concern to @rainforestalliance. @rainforestalliance #followthefrog @natgeocreative #animals #love #nature #frog #cute #rainforest #grateful #follow #bestpractices #work #certification #culture

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