Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world's best caving photography

These awe-inspiring images are part of an annual celebration that showcases the very best in caving photography from around the world.

The breathtaking shots in this year’s collection include gigantic, cavernous spaces; daring abseilers; huge stalagmites and stalactites that make the humans standing next to them appear mere specs; and even galaxies of stars illuminating cave entrances.

The images selected for the annual National Speleological Society Photo Salon were announced on Thursday, June 22.

This year the salon received more than 400 individual photographs from spelunkers across the United States and Europe. (Caters News)

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Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Feeling of Being Alive – California, USA. (Photo: Josh Hydeman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Ascent from Conley – Conley Hole, Tennessee, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Raining Blood – Oregon, USA. (Photo: Josh Hydeman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Soda Straw Forest – New Mexico, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Twin Caves, Florida, USA. (Photo: Laurent Miroult / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Broomstick Factory – New Mexico, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Oregon, USA. (Photo: Josh Hydeman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Survey of Fragile Lands – Locations Unknown. (Photo: Josh Hydeman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Jug Hole, Florida, USA. (Photo: Laurent Miroult / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Beam Me Up Scotty – Alabama, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Colossal Curtain – Location Unknown. (Photo: Ed Mccarthy / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Caver – Tennessee, USA. (Photo: Chuck Sutherland / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Ascent from Valhall – Alabama, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Wet Descent – Virginia, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Deep Ice Cave – California, USA. (Photo: Josh Hydeman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Storms Pit, Indiana, USA. (Photo: Dean Wiseman / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Symmetry – Locations Unknown. (Photo: Ed Mccarthy / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

The Fluted Freeway – Location Unknown. (Photo: Ed Mccarthy / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Pillar of Fire – Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve, Alabama, USA. (Photo: Ryan Maurer / NSS / Caters News)

Awe-inspiring collection celebrates world’s best caving photography

Trenton Well, Alabama, USA. (Photo: Adam Haydock / NSS / Caters News)

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