Mariah Baumgartle is a student-photographer who, at 19, has already seen her work published internationally.
Mariah's photographs have appeared in The Spectrum, St. George Magazine, Elan magazine, Los Cabos Magazine and Mexconnect, the most popular website dedicated to Mexico and Mexican culture on the Internet.
While on a six-month hiatus in Mexico from the Art Institute of Portland, where she is majoring in photography, Mariah worked for a week as a volunteer for Grupo Tortuga, an organization dedicated to helping rescue baby sea turtles.
Her photograph captured a group of Olive Ridley turtles hatched on Las Playitas Beach in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, just before they were released to the ocean.
During her stay at the turtle camp she helped gather more than 1,000 eggs, which were placed in incubation pens. After 45 days the turtles will hatch and be set free into the ocean.
The Olive Ridley sea turtle is listed as "threatened" under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act. Internationally, it is listed as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.