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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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Safari Testimonial: Mark Dubovoy

"Dear Andy-

I am not an amateur photographer. My images are in the permanent collections of more than half a dozen major museums, as well as in numerous private collections and galleries. I am a contributing writer to PHOTO Techniques magazine as well as to The Luminous Landscape web site. I am a consultant, an advisor and beta tester to several large manufacturers.

I have traveled all around the world, and I had been to Africa a few times before I decided to join a workshop to Botswana organized by you.

Why did I decide to do this? The reason is simple, I know enough about adventure travel to realize that it is always good to be with someone that knows the territory and will make all the proper arrangements. Making the proper arrangements, and making sure that everything is done correctly is a difficult task, not to be underestimated, particularly in underdeveloped countries far from civilization.

You do a superb job of making absolutely first class arrangements, and of making sure that everything runs smoothly and flawlessly. I can state without hesitation that you are probably the best trip/workshop leader I have ever experienced.

Andy, you are a great photographer and your people skills are superior. You know when to advise, when to intervene and when to leave people alone. Furthermore, your charming personality and humor are a delight.

I heartily recommend to anyone, photographer or not, to join you in one of your exciting adventures. I am certainly looking forward to my next trip with you."

Here are a few images from our September 2008 Botswana trip together:




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Reader Comments (1)

I fully concur with Mark's assessment and commendation. Job EXTREMELY well done by Andy.

I too had the opportunity to make the Botswana trip (and Namibia too, back-to-back with Andy).
I would do it again in a flash. The photographic results speak for themselves.

Moreover for me, these two trips were simply unforgetable, totally inspiring, once in a lifetime experiences. And we had non-stop FUN too. Andy made it all happen without a hitch.

Thank you Andy.


November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLR Jasper

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