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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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Heading back home

I am back in Joburg at the moment, catching up on *tons* of emails. The only problem is I managed to fry my Macbook Air power supply a few days ago when I was at camp. Nothing like a quick power surge to ruin my day! Anyway, I have tons of experiences and photographs to share when I get back. I apologize if I have been unable to respond to any emails since late August. Thank you for all of the kind emails that have been sent regarding hurricane Ike. My wife and kids are ok, but it has been an extremely trying time in the family. Our house is still without power, 8 days after the storm hit. I am looking forward to getting back home to be with Lesie, Christian and Will.

Anybody in Austin or Dallas want 2 kids, 2 adults and a greyhound for a few days?


Hopefully our electricity will be restored very very soon.

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I sent you an e-mail. If you and your family need a place to stay, we have room in San Antonio.

Best wishes,

Chris Gamel

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Gamel

Hi Andy,

I was thinking of you and your family when Ike hit. I bet you were on the satellite phone a lot. Glad to hear that they are safe and best wishes for things getting back to normal for them. I also can't wait to see and read about your trip with Michael.


September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Chan

hey guys. thanks for the kind words. I just got home a few minutes ago, and the lights are on. A/C is on the fritz, but after 3 weeks in the African bush without A/C I just don't care. At least until 4:00pm tomorrow afternoon!

September 21, 2008 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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