Saruni Samburu - Samburu, Kenya

#WhyILoveSaruni 2014

We had a fantastic response to our first photo competition, with hundreds of entries coming through over the 7 month period. Thank you to all those who entered and shared your favourite Saruni moments and memories. View our top finalists selected each month, and our winning photographs below. 

2014 Competition Winners

  • WINNER Lion eye with reflection of Saruni car Marta Abascal - Copy

WINNER, Marta Abascal - Saruni game viewer in the reflection of a lion’s eye.
Congratulations to Marta who wins a 2 nights’ stay for 2 at any of the Saruni safari lodges.

  • RUNNER UP Samburu landscape with lodge Gurveer Singh Sira - Copy

RUNNER UP, Gurveer Singh Sira
Saruni Samburu landscape, the view from a room.

  • 7. FEB FINALIST Leopard dreaming Samburu Victoria Young

RUNNER UP, Victoria Young
Dreamy leopard. 

Competition Finalists

  • 1. AUG FINALIST Giraffes at river drinking Carlotta Crespi

August finalist, Carlotta Crespi.

  • 1. AUG FINALIST Kennedy and baby Angie Britt

August finalist, Angie Britt.

  • 1. AUG FINALIST Leopard close up Victoria Young

August finalist, Victoria Young.

  • 2. SEPT FINALIST Samburu wedding landscape with bride and groom

September finalist, Shishir Gurung.

  • 2. SEPT FINALIST Samburu warrior Cheryl Smith

September finalist, Cheryl Smith. 

  • 3. OCT FINALIST Baby jackals in day Elena Rossi

October finalist, Elena Rossi.

  • 3. OCT FINALIST Leopard descending tree Jacques Pitteloud

October finalist, Jaques Pitteloud.

  • 3. OCT FINALIST Saruni car guests and cheetah on top Paula Ashbaugh

October finalist, Paula Ashbaugh.

  • 4. NOV FINALIST Cheetahs x 3 drinking Tommaso Leidi

November finalist, Tommaso Leidi.

  • 4. NOV FINALIST Giraffes and motorbikes Matteo Catalfamo

November finalist, Matteo Catalfamo.

  • 5. DEC FINALIST Kuro House Veranda Mara Caroline Crocker

December finalist, Caroline Crocker.

  • 5. DEC FINALIST Samburu sunrise Poonam Kishor Shah

December finalist, Poonam Kishor Shah.

  • 5. DEC FINALIST Samburu landscape BandW Gurveer Singh Sira

December finalist, Gurveer Singh Sira.

  • 6. JAN FINALIST Lion eye with reflection of Saruni car Marta Abascal

January finalist, Marta Abascal.

  • 6. JAN FINALIST Caracal Victoria Young

January finalist, Victoria Young. 

  • 6. JAN FINALIST Martial Eagle Sharon Earp

January finalist, Sharon Earp. 

  • 7. FEB FINALIST Elephant 2 Gurveer Singh Sira

February finalist, Gurveer Singh Sira.

  • 7. FEB FINALIST Leopard dreaming Samburu Victoria Young

February finalist, Victoria Young. 

  • 7. FEB FINALIST Samburu landscape with lodge Gurveer Singh Sira

February finalist, Gurveer Singh Sira. 

Photo Competition Judges

Stevie Mann, of Stevie Mann photography
Stevie is quite simply one of the most talented photographers around today. He is responsible for many of the dreamy, evocative images you see on the Saruni websites, having snapped our lodges, surroundings, culture and people for some years now. Able to capture the essence of Saruni in photos, Stevie is a natural choice of #WhyILoveSaruni judge.

Peter Behr of Africa Endorsed
Peter is one of the best guides in Kenya - an "old school" ex-professional hunter devoted to the protection of wildlife. With an unmatched archive of stories accumulated in a lifetime, his deep knowledge of Samburu and the Masai Mara make him the perfect safari companion and #WhyILoveSaruni judge.

Lorenzo Barelli, co-author of ‘Wings of Kenya’
Lorenzo has been a long-term friend of Saruni with repeated visits to Saruni lodges photographing over 700 birds as part of his research for the largest ever publication on birds in Kenya, ‘Wings of Kenya’. With such a keen eye for beauty in photos, he makes a great judge for our #WhyILoveSaruni photo competition.

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