/ 2021 / /


  • Prize
    Bronze in Book/Nature
  • Photographer
    Austin Irving
  • Studio
    Austin Irving - Represented By Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

SHOW CAVES is a collection of large format photographs that explores the anthropocentric tendencies of modern tourism seen in domestic and international show caves. This series highlights the tension that exists between the staggering natural beauty of caves and the renovations made to transform these spaces into spectacular tourist attractions. Are these additions acts of vandalism disrupting a delicate eco-system for the sake of commercial profit? Or do these human interventions draw attention to the preservation of caves and make hard-to-access natural wonders available for appreciation?