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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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A message from Bruce Dorn

Hey Andy - Thanks for the kind intro and the opportunity to be a “guest blogger.” And who would ever believe that there was such a term?

I just wanted to pop in and say Hi! I'm really happy to be joining you and looking forward to helping you host the finest in African photographic adventures. I can't wait 'til June and am looking forward to meeting some excellent new friends. Making new friends under African skies; just how cool is that?

I, for one, love Tanzania and Andy has laid out a very nice itinerary for us; we're going to step off of the plane and right into Africa. Get ready to have a good time; your drivers and guides will be first class; your meals will be yummy and the photographic opportunities, I promise you, will be many. Add kindred spirits, big-scary-furry-things, cameras, and I recon a fine time will be had by all.

Our safari is coming soon and I'm already noodling my photographic approach. I think I'll hit the HD video pretty hard. Stills too, of course, but I want to travel sorta light. Sometimes less is more. Nimble equipment makes for faster reactions and Tanzania offers lots of opportunities to react quickly. Maybe an environmental portraiture session with the local tribesmen.

Anyway, pop into my blog at and I'll post what I'm thinking as we get closer to the June trips. It might be quiet there for a few days as we're off to Las Vegas to do guest appearances for Corel. My wife Maura and I are both Corel Painter Masters and are busy trying to help nurture the emerging art of Digital Painting. I'm excited to add images from this trip to a series of African paintings I'm creating. You can see examples of our work on our website under “Illustration. Lots of pioneering stuff to try with all these exciting new tools, huh?

Once again, thanks for the soapbox Andy. I'm looking forward to many adventures!

See you soon, folks!


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