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“World’s Largest Cave” Photographer Carsten Peter Answers Your Questions

The January issue of National Geographic Magazine features a story about the world’s largest known cave passage, in Vietnam. The gallery of spectacular photos took off online and has been enjoyed by more than a million people.

hang-son-doong-blog.jpgView this photo and more in the complete “Conquering an Infinite Cave” gallery. (Above photo by Carsten Peter)


We asked fans on our
Facebook page
to send in questions for the photographer, Carsten Peter,
known for his striking photos from dangerous places, like caves, volcanoes, and
the brink of tornadoes. Below are his answers, filmed this week when he was
back briefly at NG headquarters.

Thanks to all who submitted questions!

Guy Massey asked:

Hey.. loved your fotos of the Crystal cave too… do you
use much lighting equipment when taking these type of fotos?

Avish Ramgolam asked:

My question is that how do u control light inside a cave
without affecting/misbalancing the ecosystem From inside?

Perry Lowell asked:

Did you ever feel claustrophobic or acrophobic?

Phil Ro Botta asked:

What would you suggest for a college photojournalist whom
cant make the minimum grades in his or her classes to stay in school, but gets
straight A’s in his photo classes?


Dimitra Apostolopoulou asked:

Does a NG photographer have to sacrifice things in his life in order to to this
“job” or you can do both? I mean, what about family etc.? Do you
thing it’s worth the cost, if there’s any?

Debbie Carter asked:

Is this the most [exhilarating] experience you have ever

To keep up with Carsten’s other heart-stopping adventures,
him on Facebook
and Twitter,
and visit his own site, CarstenPeter.com.


  1. janjaap de boer
    September 20, 2011, 10:46 am

    do you have more pitcures of the cave

  2. Nguyen
    May 11, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I couldn’t believe there is still a wonderful thing besides the Vietnam war that make people pay a little attention to