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~Past guests share memorable moments captured while on safari~

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2011) -- Luxury safari operator Micato Safaris recently announced the winners of its inaugural Photo Contest. Recognizing that many of the photos taken by its travelers were worth sharing, Micato guests were invited to submit their favorite safari photographs over the past year.


2010 Gold Photo Contest Winner

Grand Prize Winners George and Jane Diamantis from McDonald, Tennessee who traveled on Micato’s Stanley Wing safari in 2009 were awarded $3,000 to be used either in Micato’s online Safari Shop or towards future travel. “This photo was just one of many incredible experiences we had while on safari,” states Jane Diamantis. “Our entire trip was made up of magical moments.”

First runner-up Jessica Opfer, of Rochester, Michigan, inspired by the life-changing work of AmericaShare, Micato’s nonprofit organization (, asked that her $1,000 winnings be donated to help support AmericaShare’s projects that provide education and tools for sustainable living to women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum.

Selected submissions included a stunning aerial landscape taken from a hot air balloon, a pair of lions mid-roar, and a cheetah family enjoying their vantage point atop a boulder. To enter the contest or peruse the winning photos, please visit

For more information or to book a safari, visit or call 1-800-MICATO-1.


About Micato Safaris

Micato Safaris is a luxury safari operator—offering adventures in East Africa, Southern Africa and India—that’s been setting the industry standard for luxury and service for more than three decades. Travellers have recognized Micato’s unsurpassed service by naming the company the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” a record seven times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. Micato’s accolades from industry peers include the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award. For nearly a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Micato furthered its philanthropic outreach in 2010 when the company introduced its revolutionary One for One Commitment, which places one impoverished child in school for every safari sold.