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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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What's in Andy's Camera Bag?

While I was out on safari in Tanzania a few weeks ago, I decided to set up a tripod and shoot a quick video on how I pack my Gura Gear Kiboko bag.

If you have any comments, questions or thoughts, I would love to hear them!

Update: Some people have been asking me how I created the video, so here are the details: Canon 5DMk2 camera, 50mm f/1.2 lens, SONY UWP-V1 wireless microphone with audio recorded on a Roland R-09 portable recorder.

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Reader Comments (4)

Liked the video. Hope to take another photo safari in the next few years and see how I can use my Guru bag well.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Seeing your travel vs. shooting configurations was very instructive. Thanks!

The Kiboko bag would be my top choice for airline travel to locations where I would be shooting primarily from a vehicle.

I was wondering if you felt the bag's support system is comfortable for long dayhikes into the mountains, i.e. would you hike 6 - 10 miles with the bag fully loaded?

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill Pelzmann

Hello Andy,

I head to Botswana in a couple of weeks (my first trip to Africa) and I am looking for the best gear bag that will work for travel within Botswana. This seems to fit the size guidelines for carry on bags. I will be taking the Nikon D300, renting the 200-400mm and will bring my 18-200mm. How do you handle transporting tripods/monopods? Do you check those in or carry on also? Do you think I should bring a second camera body? I have a D80 that I rarely now use, but might be worth adding? Appreciate the help!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline Deely

Jacqueline, I always pack my tripod or monopod inside my checked luggage. I only carry on the breakable / important pieces, and I pack the rest. You should always bring a second camera!! It is the cheapest form of insurance you can have.

August 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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