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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

I am headed over to London for a 24 hour stay in a few weeks. Why? One of my images has made it into the 2006 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (formerly known as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition), and the unveiling and Awards Ceremony will take place on October 18th and 19th at the Natural History Museum. Since there is an embargo on what image will be showcased, as well as what category, I will update this site after October 21 with the specific image and category information. Needless to say I am flattered to be a part of such a wonderful competition.

A blurb from their web site:

"The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Each year thousands of entries are received and judged by an expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London."

"Now in its forty-second year, the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition aims to find the very best photography worldwide featuring natural subjects. It's open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide and continues to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world."

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Reader Comments (4)

IP: crisblog@mac.comURL: http://www.crispierry.comCongrats Andy! And enjoy London while you are there - awesome city.
October 6, 2006 | Unregistered Commentercpierry
IP: escog@hotmail.comURL:Congratulations, Andy. Is this the same thing as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year? I'm assuming that Shell bought naming rights or something. I'm anxious to see which photograph they chose. I check out the winners and runners-up every year, and the standard of excellence is quite high. Your photography is certainly deserving of this recognition.
October 11, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterescog
IP: mark@grafphoto.comURL: http://www.grafphoto.comCongrats Andy, that is great news. Hope you reel in the big one!
October 12, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermgraf
IP: andybiggs@gmail.comURL: http://www.andybiggs.comThanks for the kind words, amigos. Kind of funny that I am flying all the way to London, only to be there 24 hours in total. I would normally stay longer, but my travel schedule is extremely hectic as it is, and spending some time at home is a high priority at the moment.

October 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

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