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Posted January 20, 2012
NGM Photo Seminar
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National Geographic magazine’s Photo Seminar was held on January 12-13, 2012.

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From inside the world’s largest cave to an up-close view of an active lava lake, Carsten Peter took us on a journey of exploration in 2011.
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In 1967, a group of photographers gathered in a small office at National Geographic headquarters to check in with each other after the holidays—and to look at and talk about their work. Within a few years that informal gathering grew into National Geographic’s annual Photo Seminar, a day-long celebration of the medium that was attended by more than 500 people this year.

A high point of the event is called Works in Progress, an invitation-only session in which photographers who are currently active with the magazine show their recent work—Geographic-related or not. Prior to this show, photographer George Steinmetz presented the National Geographic Photographers’ Photographer Award. The honor is decided by the magazine’s photographers and is bestowed upon one of their own who “has most inspired us by expanding the possibilities of our medium.” This year’s winner is Carsten Peter.

George said of Carsten, “Nowadays, when you can open up Google Earth on your iPhone and see a satellite view of every corner of the Earth, people feel that there is nothing left to explore. But this photographer proves them to be dead wrong on virtually every assignment.”

Read George’s full comments here.

Carsten Peter recently gave a presentation for National Geographic’s NG Live. Watch his lecture on “Vietnam’s Infinite Cave” here. And catch his interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm here.

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