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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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Photo of the Day


Evacuation device, Mount Kilimanjaro, 2002
captured with Olympus 3030 digicam

Gosh, 2002 seems like a very long time ago in the world of digital imaging. Leslie, my sister Katie, and her husband Rich and I did our obligatory trek on Kilimanjaro in the summer of 2002. Leslie and I spent 6 weeks in east Africa, beginning with our Kilimanjaro climb. I grabbed this shot on the next to last day, as we were descending from the top of the mountain. It certainly drives home the reality that injuries, and even death, do happen on Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet, and our climb began at around 6,000 feet. We chose the Machame route, which is much more enjoyable and more scenic than the Marangu route, otherwise known as the 'Coca Cola' route. You need time to acclimatize to the elevation, and the slower and less sudden the better. So we took 7 days on the mountain, and if I were to do another attempt I would take either 8 or 9 days on a longer route. The Marangu route is an atrociously short 5 days, and less than 50% success rate of reaching the summit.

For a fantastic reading of my friend Eric Cheng's Kilimanjaro experience, head on over to this link for a good read and some great photographs from his own experience.

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