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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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Looking for a new Satellite phone

Well, after renting satellite phones for the past few years, I have decided I should look at purchasing my own satellite phone and voice plan. Since I spend about 9 weeks out on safari each year, I figure it is time for me to purchase my own phone.

I have used the Motorola Iridium phones in the past, but I understand there are more options out there. I do travel to locations other than Africa, such as the Galapagos and remote locations in the American West. I do understand that you can now purchase satellite phones with GPS already integrated into the handset. Thuraya comes to mind.
If you have any information on satellite phones, feel free to comment on this thread. Hmmm. I wonder if I should get system where I can update my blog from the middle of the Serengeti? A wifi hotspot in camp?


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