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Saruni Rhino - Nairobi, 00502, Kenya

#WhyILoveSaruni Competition 2016

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.

  • WILS Nov Instagram  Elisalex de castro Peake 2 Samburu landscape

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!).

  • WILS Dec FB Emma Zwetsloot SS Wedding red earth

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

Competition Finalists

  • WILS Dec FB Mary Winter 2 Sammy Guide

December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

  • WILS Dec Instagram Claire Alexander Cheetah Kill

December finalist, Claire Alexander (Instagram)

  • WILS Dec FB Mary Winter Ellies at Waterhole

December finalist, Mary Winter (Facebook)

  • WILS Dec FB Penelope Mocini Mara landscape

December finalist, Penelope Mocini (Facebook)

  • WILS Nov Instagram  Jeff Wendorff bird

November finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

  • WILS Nov Instagram  Elisalex de castro Peake Mara landscape

November finalist, Elisalex De Castro (Instagram)

  • WILS Nov Instagram  Gurveer Sira SO beach

November finalist, Gureev Sira (Instagram)

  • WILS Oct FB  Sophie Settle 2 Ellies in river

October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

  • WILS Oct FB_Instagram Charlotte Fulford-Smith Lion Kill Zebra

October finalist, Charlotte Fulford-Smith (Instagram)

  • WILS Oct FB Sophie Settle Leopard in tree

October finalist, Sophie Settle (Facebook)

  • WILS Oct FB_Instagram Jeff Wendorff Bush Dinner SS

October finalist, Jeff Wendorff (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept Instagram Pedro Rueda 6 Zebra drinking

September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept Instagram Pedro Rueda 7 Caracal

September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept FB Peter Allinson 3 Leopard and car

September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept Instagram Pedro Rueda 5 River Crossing

September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept Instagram Pedro Rueda 8 Mara landscape

September finalist, Pedro Rueda (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept FB Patti Schwab Nett Gerenuk Birth

September finalist, Patti Schwab (Facebook)

  • WILS Sept FB Dayne Reast Ellie

September finalist, Dayne Reast (Facebook)

  • WILS Sept Instagram Vicky Shomova Lions

September finalist, Vicky Shamova (Instagram)

  • WILS Sept FB Peter Allinson 4 Lion and car

September finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

  • WILS Jul_Aug Instagram Becca Pleskow Lion

August finalist, Becca Pleskow (Instagram)

  • WILS Jul_Aug Instagram Karin Pringle Samburu landscape

August finalist, Karin Pringle (Instagram)

  • WILS Jul_Aug Instagram Alexandra Kirkman Sarikoki

August finalist, Alexandra Kirkman (Instagram)

  • WILS Jul_Aug Instagram Naaman Stavy Lion yawn

August finalist, Naaman Stavy (Instagram)

  • WILS Aug FB Heather S Hood Samburu people

August finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

  • WILS July FB Heather Shull Hood Cheetah Mother

July finalist, Heather Shull Hood (Facebook)

  • WILS July FB Peter Allinson 1 Bird

July finalist, Peter Allinson (Facebook)

  • WILS July FB  Maike Tornquist Ellie

July finalist, Maike Tornquist (Facebook)

  • WILS Instagram Clareob111 Leopard July

July finalist, Clareob111 (Instagram)

Monthly Video Entries shortlisted

Photo Competition Judges

  • stevie-mann

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.

  • pietro_luraschi

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.

  • dirk-rees

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.

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