Meet the SeaLegacy Team


Paul Nicklen

Paul is the co-founder and Director of SeaLegacy.

Canadian-born Paul Nicklen is an internationally acclaimed photographer and marine biologist who has been documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet’s oceans and polar regions for more than 20 years. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine, he has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences. His mission is to use his images, which are often highly emotional, evocative, and very beautiful, to ignite a conversation about the future of our planet’s natural wonders, and in so doing to inspire action. Paul is the recipient of more than 30 international awards, including the Natural Resources Defense Council’s BioGems Visionary Award. As a founder and contributing photographer to SeaLegacy, he plans on dedicating his efforts to illuminating the issues, species, and ecosystems he cares so deeply about.


Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina is the co-founder and President of SeaLegacy.

A Mexican-born marine biologist, photographer and writer who specializes in conservation issues. 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. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

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.


Goran Ehlme

With more than 24 years diving experience, Goran is a certified PADI Instructor and has been diving the polar areas since 1993. He dives both open water and under the ice during the summer and is particularly experienced with Walrus, Emperor Penguins and Leopard Seals. As an underwater cameraman Göran has been on assignment filming many documentaries for Animal Planet, BBC, Canal Plus and National Geographic. He recently won the BBC’s Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 award, with his winning image of a feeding Walrus underwater in North East Greenland.


Andy Mann

For the last 10 years Andy Mann has been a forerunner in the world of adventure film and photography.  He is an experienced climber, diver, and arctic explorer.

Andy’s passion for adventure and storytelling has in recent years focused heavily on ocean conservation, directing and photographing expeditions for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, Waitt Foundation, Moore Charitable Foundation, National Geographic Magazine, Wildlife Conservation Society and more.  Andy’s imagery is helping tell the story of our rapidly changing world, often through very serious and authentic adventure-based objectives.   

 Andy is based in Boulder, Colorado and is Co-Founder & President at 3 Strings Productions, a commercial and documentary film studio he co-founded with fellow ambassador, Keith Ladzinski, and have covered expeditions all all 7 continents.

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Jenny Nichols

Jenny Nichols is the principal at Pongo Media.   Harnessing the power of visual media to tell stories, Jenny works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns. Whether in a chambre de bonne in Paris or the deserts of Namibia, Jenny continues to be inspired by people and their stories.  Havingstarted her career at the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Jenny thrives on multidisciplinary projects and continues to collaborate with a dedicated community of photojournalists, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, scientists and conservation organizations.

Jenny’s films have screened at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff Mountainfilm Festival, DC Environmental Film Festival, Yale Environmental Film Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 5 Point Film Festival,  The World Wilderness Congress, and many more!


Keith Ladzinski

For Keith Ladzinski, the pursuit of photography has been an insatiable passion since 1995. Documenting an experience from behind the camera that can often only be found through adventurous travel, volatile weather conditions, long hard days, and the friends you rely on in sketchy situations to simply get on location. It's a culmination and a full package, one that has been deeply rewarding and unforgettable. To create images that make an impression, capture a fleeting moment, and bring the viewer on location in still frames.

Keith Ladzinski is a globally published adventure sports and environmental portrait photographer. Chasing light has kept Keith waiting days on end for the sun to break for a photo, and at other times packing in over 100 pounds of location lighting equipment through knee deep snow to get the envisioned shot.

An award winning photographer, Keith's photography has been praised by American Photo, PDN, and the International Library of Photography. The British Journal of Photography named Ladzinski to be among the top four adventure photographers in the world. Keith's editorial work has appeared on the front page of the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Discover Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside Magazine, Runner's World, ESPN, with photos appearing on over 30 covers.