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About Andy


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.





Entries in Gura Gear (12)


Rangefinder Radio Podcast



I recently made an appearance on Rangefinder Radio, hosted by Scott Sheppard, and we chatted for almost an hour about all things related to African wildlife photography. Scott is a great host and I always enjoy out conversations together. We spoke about Gura Gear, my safari business and other related topics. If you have an hour to burn, head on over to the Rangefinder Radio podcast on iTunes.


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.


Cool video review of the Gura Gear Kiboko bag

Juan Pons recently created a video overview of our Gura Gear Kiboko bag. Check out the video on Juan's web site. Thanks, Juan!


Gura Gear Kiboko is out of stock (for the moment)

Wow. What a great opening out of the gate. I launched Gura Gear in early November 2008, and in a short four months I completely sold out of my first production run of the Kiboko camera bag. I did not anticipate this much demand, but it illustrates just how thirsty the market is for a paradigm-shifting type of product. As mentioned earlier, I started thinking about the problem of overweight camera bags back in early 2005, and it took a few years for me to bring the proper product to market. Thank you to everyone who has supported my efforts, and if you purchased a bag I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for your business.

I will have the Kiboko bag back in stock in a few months, and you can always grab your spot in the ordering system so a bag will make it to your doorstep as soon as I get them back in stock.

I often hear questions like 'are you going to make this kind of product' or 'are you coming out with any new products soon', and even though I cannot directly answer the questions with my plans, I will say that I am working hard to solve common problems for traveling photographers. If you think you have an idea, by all means contact me with your thoughts. I may already be working on such an idea, or I may not have heard or thought of it. If you are tired of seeing the same old types of products hit the market, well so am I. Contact me if you want to vent!

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