Image by Lorenzo Mittiga
2021 #WhyILoveSaruni Competition
Panel of Esteemed Judges
We have a wonderful panel of judges, who have accepted the very difficult challenge of selecting the final winner from so many incredible entries. Their job is made slightly easier, thanks to all of you who participate in voting for your favourite photo / video and narrow this down but it will still be a tough call to make!
Our judges include travel enthusiasts, professional photographers, and industry experts so we have covered every angle!
Kellie is an Australian based in the UK who feels most energised when exploring new locations, learning about other cultures, and soaking up the serenity of the great outdoors.
Through this love of travel, a passion for photography evolved, creating a particular interest in wildlife and natural scenes.
“I have been taking photographs ever since I was six, and years later I’m still at it. I see the most amazing things and meet the most wonderful people. I’m lucky to do it, and I love every minute of it.” Photographer Stevie Mann has been a friend of Saruni for decades. He’s been shooting hotels on five continents for all of that time, and he still thinks that Saruni Samburu Villa # 5 is the best hotel room in all the world…
Stefano & Liz Cheli
Passionate about wildlife and the African wilderness, Liz & Stefano Cheli started their safari lives as professional safari guides in the early 1980’s and grew their business to include a successful safari company, and a circuit of 6 boutique safari lodges, which they sold in 2014. Over the years they created, usually in partnership with others, several conservation areas; including Mara North Conservancy, and Kitirua Conservancy Amboseli. Stefano was on the board of African Tourism & Travel Association UK, Kenya Association of Tour Operators, Northern Rangeland Trust Kenya, and the African Conservation Centre. Today they live on Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy and continue to advise and support governments and tourism organizations with eco-tourism initiatives.
Sheila & Roy Meade Family
“Having lived in Africa for many years, our favourite holidays are visiting game reserves throughout Southern and East Africa (19 reserves to date). Now retired in the UK, we treasure our annual visits to Saruni where we have been fortunate to have many wonderful wildlife experiences. Wildlife photography has become an integral part of our enjoyment, with our daughter an avid photographer. WE LOVE SARUNI! We first visited Saruni Mara in 2011 and then every year up to 2020 (Covid has prevented our visit in 2021). The Saruni experience combines great wildlife, experienced Maasai guides, delicious Italian cuisine, warm and friendly staff, a commitment to community and environmental conservation.”