Thin Blue Line

On March 26th Ocean Outfitters was honored to host THIN BLUE LINE during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. The beautiful event space was donated by the Shore and we packed the house!

We had great difficulty condensing the achievements of our guest speakers as their achievements were so extensive.

Paul Nicklen is one of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers working today. His romance with nature began in his youth, growing up on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.  Academically trained as a biologist, Paul has been an assignment photographer for National Geographic for nearly 20 years, with more than 17 full-feature articles to his credit on a variety of subject matter from Spirit Bears to Leopard Seals, Narwhals to coastal wolves.

Paul’s work has garnered over 30 prestigious international awards, including …
the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the NRDC BioGems Visionary Award, and he has been given the World Press Photo Award six times. In 2014 the University of Victoria presented Paul with a lifetime achievement award for his work on climate change.

Cristina Mittermeirer is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues, particularly those related to fisheries and indigenous cultures. As a writer and a photographer for the past 25 years, her work centers on the delicate balance between human wellbeing and healthy ecosystems.

Cristina 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 Outdoor Photography Magazine. She has also been awarded the Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association Mission Award

Paul and Christina are co-founders of Sea Legacy, a not for profit foundation that uses powerful visual media to focus on the three critical areas: vulnerable marine ecosystems, imminent climate change, and the livelihood of coastal people.

We live in a visual world and images are everywhere. And while we see many fabulous photographs, I believe there is a difference between beautiful images captured for art and those that are created with the purpose to conserve nature.  Conservation photography exhibits the exquisite spirit of our world and captures that which is evanescent, or fleeting. Conservation photography is a visual voice that provokes and motivates people to change behaviours and to take actions to ensure that wilderness endures. This type of photography is born out of a purpose. It has a mission.

In order to create images and tell stories that inhabit our hearts, that inspire, inform and empower us, a photographer requires talent and assets, but they must also have an understanding of science, and, perhaps most importantly, a deep sense of hope and empathy. Together, science and photography create an unparalleled force for inspiration and social change.

Paul and Cristina are two photographers of great conviction.  To learn more about or to donate to the Sea Legacy please go to