Volume 8, Issue 44  |  June 2, 2023Subscribe

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Winner of Smithsonian Conservationist Photographer of the Year to speak as part of Witte Lecture Series

With the urgent need to protect our increasingly fragile planet, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) is presenting 2018 National Geographic’s Adventure of the Year and the Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year, Cristina Mittermeier. As part of the Witte Lecture Series, she will be addressing, “Enoughness: Ocean Conservation,” on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.).

Winner of Smithsonian Mittermeier

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Cristina Mittermeier

With passion, conviction and a zest for life, illustrated by award-winning images and film, Mittermeier will share the hard-won wisdom she’s gleaned from documenting the far reaches of our planet and its people for decades. She challenges us to redefine our answers to “What is enough?”. 

Winner of Smithsonian shark

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Mittermeier under water capturing a shark through her lens

In 2020, she announced the most ambitious project of her career: “Only One,” a new digital technology product that amplifies stories, campaigns and solutions that sit at the intersection of ocean health and social justice, and uses the power of media and technology to inspire individuals to take action to rebuild ocean life. In recognition of her three decades of courageous journalism and making the pictures that tell the story of our planet, Mittermeier was recently presented with the Sylvia Earle Medal. Some will remember that Earle was an early Witte speaker. Mittermeier, representing the next generation, will inspire all to activism.

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The cost of the Friday, March 31 program is $65 and includes a lecture, book sale and signing, along with a light supper and wine. The cost of the Saturday, April 1 program is $45 and includes a lecture, book sale and signing, along with refreshments. To purchase tickets, go here.

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