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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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Gura Gear Around The World: The Monarch Bataflae

I just got back from a superb triplet of safaris in east Africa, where I took our Gura Gear Monarch Bataflae on its maiden voyage. So what is the Monarch Bataflae you ask? The Monarch Bataflae is a Gura Gear 32L Bataflae camera bag, in grey, and it will be traveling around the world with different photographers as hosts. Since its inception, Gura Gear has focused its efforts on photography backpacks for the traveling photographer. The original bag featured a butterfly style opening. After many phases of design, the bag has evolved into what is now the Bataflae. The 26 and 32 liter Bataflae bags still retain the same butterfly style opening capability.

I had the Monarch Bataflae for 4 weeks in Africa, and it is heading to some new locations with Joshua Holko next. We want your help to get the bag to as many places in the world as possible. (Applications are now open! Click here to apply.) We will open up applications for anyone who wants to take the bag on a trip to wherever it is you go! You will also be able to sign your name inside the bag next to the pros you’ve always looked up to.

During my travels with the Monarch Bataflae, I carried the following gear inside:


  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 400mm f/2.8 VR
  • Nikon 1.4x TC
  • Phase One DF camera with an IQ160 digital back
  • Phase One Schneider 240mm lens
  • Sony RX-100



The Monarch Bataflae

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Nice hat! Can you tell me mehr about it?

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDidi

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