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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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Baggage challenges for Photographers....

Well, this has been a challenging 24 hours since the world found out about the terrorist plot that would have originated from the United Kingdom. With this event, security has been heightended all around the world, and the stress related to traveling by air is certain to go through the roof. Especially if you are flying through/from/to the UK, as at the moment carry-on baggage is not allowed. This is a huge challenge for traveling photographers. Especially wildlife photographers with a ton of gear and at least one large prime lens.

I will be writing down my reflections on how to pack photographic gear that has to be checked. There are many paths to go down, but my gut reaction is to use a Pelican case for all photographic equipment, packed inside of a nondescript duffle bag. Here is some information from the TSA in the USA:

Media have also reported that laptops, cell phones and electronic items are no longer allowed. Is that true?

No. TSA continues to allow laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items.

What can people expect at the checkpoints?

Passengers may experience longer lines at airports and should plan to arrive early. Check with your specific airline and airport before flight departure time to determine how much time is needed for your flight. Passengers should pack their patience and ensure that that they do not bring any liquids to the security checkpoint in carry-on luggage. These items are no longer permitted on board the aircraft. To expedite the process, avoid having clutter in your bags and minimize the number carry-on items.
More on my thoughts later.

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