The Vancouver Island-based photographer and co-founder of SeaLegacy opens her bag before heading to her native Mexico to film an episode of National Geographic’s One Strange Rock.

1. CAMERA HOUSING

This impermeable Nauticam case is essential for shooting underwater, and the dome port lets me take split shots that simultaneously capture what’s above and beneath the waves.

 

2. BAMBOO UTENSILS

These help me to avoid single-use plastic. I’ve seen a shocking amount washed up on beaches, even in remote, protected areas like Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen.

3. MAGAZINES

Part of conservation photography is making science more accessible to policymakers. Time is my barometer for world politics, and I enjoy reading it from back to front.

4. SD CARDS

I take up to 100,000 pictures on an expedition, which I upload to two lightweight drives – unless I lose an SD card overboard while photographing lobster divers in Honduras.

5. DIVE COMPUTER

This device monitors my depth and calculates how long my safety stops need to be. It also records my diving history. My deepest descent was 55 metres, off the Yucatán coast.

Photographer: Cristina Mittermeier

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