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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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My Scholarship Fund

I haven't spoken about this at all online, but I have been sending a local Tanzanian to school for the past 7 months. His name is Boniface, and have become good friends with him over the past few years. Since I spend a decent amount of time in Tanzania each year, I decided a while back that I wanted to give back more than just bringing tourism dollars to the country. Leslie and I have been helping out for the past 8 years through Compassion International with a few children in the southern part of the country, but this time I wanted to do something else. This time I decided to send somebody to college, so I set up a scholarship fund in mid 2009 to help get deserving people to college and through college. Sure, I could use a new car, a bigger house, nicer clothes or new furniture, but I would rather do things that actually matter. Helping somebody with education is the most obvious thing one can do, as it directly affects all those around the recipient. Trickle down. Whatever you want to call it.

I met Boniface at one of my camps, and he is a stand up guy. He has been saving for numerous years in the hopes to get to college someday, and that in and of itself is a difficult task in a place like Tanzania. Boniface is has been enrolled in the Mweka Wildlife College since August, and I am so proud of him. His goal is to become a safari guide, and I am confident that he will make an excellent one. Boni, as we know him, recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with some of his classmates as one of his field trips last month. Way to go, Boni!! Anyway, here are some of his images from his climb. I look forward to seeing him in a few days.


Boni at the roof of Africa, 19,380 feet.


Boni at Gillman's Point, Kilimanjaro


Hmmm, maybe Boni is destined to be a photographic guide


I see that Boni doesn't have trouble relaxing on the mountain

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Reader Comments (1)

Habari Andy,

Great shots from Boniface, thanks for sharing those with us, and thanks also for sharing your philanthropic work. Most inspiring -- Good Luck Boniface

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJP

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