THE WAIT IS OVER: It hasn’t been easy, but we finally selected our 2016 #WhyILoveSaruni Winners from the monthly shortlisted entries. Every year, the judging gets harder: this year with creative videos to choose from in addition to incredible moments captured in a single shot. We all had our clear favourites but some Entrants went above and beyond to tell us why they love Saruni!

 

Competition Winners

WINNER: Jeff Wendorff - with (amongst all his winning entries) a brilliant video reminder of the unforgettable approach by road to Saruni Samburu - winning an all-inclusive 2 nights stay for 2 people at any Saruni property, valued at almost $3,000!

RUNNER-UP, Will Axtell - with a brilliant 360° holistic response to ‘WhyILoveSaruni’ video & photo compilation, winning an all-inclusive 1 night stay for 2 people at any Saruni property, valued at almost $1,500.

     POPULARITY PRIZE:  Elisalex de Castro Peake . All her entries received the most likes, shares, comments and interest, especially her  leopard up close & personal video  (over 1,000 views!). 

    POPULARITY PRIZE: Elisalex de Castro Peake. All her entries received the most likes, shares, comments and interest, especially her leopard up close & personal video (over 1,000 views!). 

     SPECIAL MENTION: goes to  Emma Zwetsloot-Quarrington , with this amazing rich-red earth 'pathway to happiness' wedding image in Samburu. Simply stunning!

    SPECIAL MENTION: goes to Emma Zwetsloot-Quarrington, with this amazing rich-red earth 'pathway to happiness' wedding image in Samburu. Simply stunning!

    Competition Finalists

     December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

    December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

     December finalist, Claire Alexander (Instagram)

    December finalist, Claire Alexander (Instagram)

     
     December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

    December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

     December finalist, Penelope Mocini (Facebook)

    December finalist, Penelope Mocini (Facebook)

     
     November finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

    November finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

     November finalist, Elisalex De Castro (Instagram)

    November finalist, Elisalex De Castro (Instagram)

     
     November finalist, Gureev Sira (Instagram)

    November finalist, Gureev Sira (Instagram)

     October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

    October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

     
     October finalist, Charlotte Fulford-Smith (Instagram)

    October finalist, Charlotte Fulford-Smith (Instagram)

     October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

    October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

     October finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

    October finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

     September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

    September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

     September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

    September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

     September finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

    September finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

     
     September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

    September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

     September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

    September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

     
     September finalist, Patti Schwab (Facebook)

    September finalist, Patti Schwab (Facebook)

     September finalist, Dayne Reast (Facebook)

    September finalist, Dayne Reast (Facebook)

     
     September finalist, Vicky Shamova (Instagram)

    September finalist, Vicky Shamova (Instagram)

     September finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

    September finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

     
     August finalist, Becca Pleskow (Instagram)

    August finalist, Becca Pleskow (Instagram)

     August finalist, Karin Pringle (Instagram)

    August finalist, Karin Pringle (Instagram)

     August finalist, Alexandra Kirkman (Instagram)

    August finalist, Alexandra Kirkman (Instagram)

     August finalist, Naaman Stavy (Instagram)

    August finalist, Naaman Stavy (Instagram)

     August finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

    August finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

     July finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

    July finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

     
     July finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

    July finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

     July finalist, Maike Tornquist (Facebook)

    July finalist, Maike Tornquist (Facebook)

     July finalist, Clareob111 (Instagram)

    July finalist, Clareob111 (Instagram)

    Monthly Video Entries shortlisted

    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.

       
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      Pietro Luraschi of Asilia

      Pietro is a natural instructor and after achieving the highest guiding qualifications in Kenya, he turned to training guides and rangers in addition to his own high profile safaris. A long-time friend of Saruni, and a keen photographer, he is known in East Africa for his very fluent kiswahili. What a great #WhyILoveSaruni judge.

       
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      Dirk Rees - Dirk Rees Photographer & Director

      Since his first visit to Saruni Samburu some years ago now, Dirk has been an avid supporter of both Saruni and the communities in which we are located. His passion for capturing on film and in images the movement and dance of global tribes has been published in wonderful coffee table books worldwide. We are thrilled he is a #WhyILoveSaruni competition judge.