“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.

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Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.