Underground Cave Exploration with Stephen Alvarez

Very seldom do people explore the vast and uncharted underground of caves, but National Geographic adventure photographer Stephen Alvarez has throughout his career, explored and photographed some of the deepest and largest caves in the world.

Because most people will never experience this type of adventure, Stephen Alvarez documents these delicate ecosystems and shares them with us. His images have won awards like Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France.

Some of the places he was photographed include the Sótano de las Golondrinas in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the entrance of which is the second deepest in the world; the Walls of Jericho in Tennessee which has is a 98-foot decent into a pit and is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the South.

Alvarez has been the recipient of awards from Communication Arts and Pictures of the Year International and a Banff Centre grant.

Watch this vid to hear him talking about his caving project: