Annie Guiraud

Philippe Crochet

Organizers of the first meeting in Olargues 2011




I got interested in photography when at the age of 10, my father gave me his camera which did not measure light automatically so I had to use a cell. That was a good training. I also read a lot about photographic techniques and that gave me a good basic knowledge. I started caving at the age of 16 . Soon after, in 1971 and 1972, I took part in two expeditions to Marocco organized by my home town club, Spéléo Club de Blois. I was immediately interested in photography because thanks to pictures showing the beauty of the underworld, I could share my passion with non cavers. Then I got more and more involved in cave photography and I founded a club mainly composed of friends. We explored many classical caves in a very friendly atmosphere. Professionally, my passion for the underground world led me to start a career as an hydrogeologist. And I also widened the range of my photographic subjects to mineral landscapes, deserts and volcanoes that I discovered in my trips around the world.
My wife Annie Guiraud always works with me for taking pictures both in caves and outside. She generally models, which often involves staying for very long times in quite uncomfortable situations. Her red clad silhouette has even become a kind of trade mark of our pictures. We work a lot together, on shooting, lighting, editing, and also on diaporamas for which she writes the comments. As we are now acknowledged by the cavers community, we often get invited by clubs both in France and abroad to come and take pictures of the beautiful caves they have discovered.

Marie  Renda

Michel Renda


Organizers of the first meeting in Olargues 2011





Michel Renda - Born in 1957 (France) Caver, explorer, topographist and photographer, he was 15 years old when he began caving in France. Member of the French Speleology Federation, he  discovered many worldwide known caves with the Béziers speleo club. His passion brought him abroad to explore and take photos of caves. He was  also involved in underground saving and protection and created kast protection associations. He has published in many specialized magazines. In 2000, thanks to his friend Daniel Chailloux, he discovered stereoscopic photography. Several expeditions to Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico (a real passion for this cave). He is interested in all subjects connected with underground environment: geology, biospeleology, prehistory, karstology, etc. "La Salle – 3D International Team" co-founder and vice-president.