Awards: VQR ‘Prize for Photography’ Jason Florio for three pieces – from Somalia and Burma

VQR-photography award 2013

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Congratulation! Jason Florio – photographer and River Gambia Expedition co-leader – recently awarded VQR Prize for Photography (Virginia Quarterly Review), for his work from Somalia and Burma, last year.

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The Black Zone‘ – Words: Robert Young Pelton. Photos: Jason Florio for VQR

Two DPx Gear knives have been pledged for, to our Kickstarter campaign!! We have 1 ‘DPx HEST Original left. Get your pledge in fast!

Thanks to Ted Sonnier, of Houston Texas, for being the first person and Andy Katz, of New York City, for being the second person to pledge $150 to our Kickstarter campaign, for Robert Young Pelton’s DPx Gear knives – and a 8×10″ limited edition fine art print, taken by Jason Florio, whilst we are on the forthcoming River Gambia Expedition!

Knife#1 – ‘DPx HEFT 4 Woodsman’ – DPx Gear.com price: $212.50

The beautifully crafted knives will be winging their way from the DPx Gear hub in California, USA, to Ted and Andy, respectively – once we reach our target on Kickstarter. BUT, only once we reach our target of $3,500 will KS release the pledges made. As from today, 2nd October, we are 71% funded/pledged! Thanks to everyone for their support – we are extremely grateful – and humbled – by the your support and the ongoing messages of encouragement for the River Gambia Expedition

If you would like to make a pledge, and receive rewards for your support, please visit our Kickstarter page to find out all the details about the expedition – 12 days to go!

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We still have one DPx Gear knife on offer: the ‘HEST Original’ Check out yesterday’s post for all the details. Get your pledge in quickly, though – first come, first served! We’ll be taking our trusty DPx HEST Original’s with us again, on this next West Africa expedition – just as we did on our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’.

Knife#2 – DPx HEST Original = DPx Gear.com price: $123.75

Lastly, a massive shout out to Robert Young Pelton/DPx Gear for his very generous support -and collaboration. We’re still hoping we can convince the intrepid explorer to come join us on the expedition – or, at least, part of it – either trekking with us through the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea or paddling through the hippo-abundant River Gambia, in Niokolo Kola National Park, in Senegal. For sure, RYP knows a thing or two about hippo’s (and croc’s)! Check out some of Robert’s books ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Places’, ‘Come Back Alive‘…this man has travelled!

click on image to visit ‘Come Back Alive’ – to find out ‘who is RYP?’

Again, thanks to Ted Sonnier and Andy Katz for their continued support. You’ve both just helped notch up our Kickstarter pledges – and get us nearer to our goal! DPx Gear knives and fine art photography prints will be coming your way soon!

The Florios x

Update: Leaving date for The Gambia, West Africa – 16th October. Meet and last minute prep with our local Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ibu, and then make our way, overland, down to Guinea at the end of October….more updates coming soon.

Want one of adventurer and author – ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Places’ – Robert Young Pelton’s DPx Gear Knives?

Knife#1 – DPx HEFT 4 Woodsman – DPx Gear.com price: $212.50

PLEDGE MADE – NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Knife#1 – ‘DPx Gear redefined the term “survival knife” with the DPx H•E•S•T. Now the Hostile Environment Field Tool takes our survival concept bigger, harder and longer.

The DPx HEST has a stouter, bolder, four inch brother in 0.19” thick patented German Lohmann Niolox 1.4153.03 stainless, high-performance blade steel cryo-hardened to 61 HRC. This trusted companion deep in the woods delivers more punch in an open use environment or where the pry bar and concealed use of the HEST is not as critical.’ dpgear.com

We have three DPx Gear knives on offer, with huge thanks to one of our River Gambia Expedition sponsors and collaborator’s, Robert Young Pelton : ‘film-maker, journalist, adventurer and geopolitical pundit‘. RYP has made numerous expeditions and covered most of the world’s conflicts for the past 20 years. Founder of DPx Gear – ‘equipment for hostile and deadly environments’ – and author of ‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Places‘ and ‘Come Back Alive‘, and ‘Licensed to Kill – Hired Guns and the War on Terror’.

Knife#2 – DPx HEST Original = DPx Gear.com price: $123.75

Knife#2 – ‘The DPx H•E•S•T or Hostile Environment Survival Tool™ is the knife that started it all… the original, brutal-use everyday carry fixed survival blade. Made in America, used worldwide.

The DPx HEST Original changed the way professionals think of a survival blade. It had to be with you to be useful, and it couldn’t fail when deployed. The HEST features an “over built” blade crafted from high-carbon 1095 hardened and tempered steel that delivers a 57-58 Rockwell hardness. A material that stands up to abuse and still takes quick strops in the field.’ dpgear.com

Knife#3 – DPx HEST/F 2.0 Olive Drab – DPx Gear.com price: $218.75

PLEDGE MADE – NO LONGER AVAILABLE Knife#3 – ‘The DPx HEST/F(folding) 2.0 is a German D2 tool steel folder mated to a U.S. made titanium alloy frame with a durable American G10 scale assembled by the crafstmen at LionSTEEL(R) in Northern Italy. The HEST/F was developed as the direct folding version of the HEST fixed blade knife and was dubbed the 2.0 because there were a number of significant modifications made to the original design of this brutal use folder. The goal was to increase strength without adding weight and to directly address concerns about ease of opening, strength of lockup and usability.’ dpgear.com

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In order to qualify for one of the above hand-made, precision, knives then here’s what you need to do – and, because we only have three, you need to be quick off the mark – strictly, first come, first served! To secure your choice of knife, you will need to pledge a certain *amount (details below) to our Kickstarter campaign – initially, by emailing helen.jones@floriophoto.com with your choice and promise to pledge.

PLUS, along with each knife, included in the stated pledge amount, will be a limited edition, signed, fine art photography print from River Gambia Expedition co-leader, and award-winning photographer, Jason Florio - from a series he will take whilst in the forthcoming journey.

*All the knives are below the manufacturer’s – DPx Gear – recommended retail price and the 8×10″ prints are usually a minimum of a $100 pledge on Kickstarter – basically, it’s a great deal!

  • Knife#1 -DPx Gear HEFT 4 Woodsman + 8 x 10″ River Gambia Expedition print – Amount to be pledged to Kickstarter: $150.00 – UPDATE: Oct 1st – pledged for – no longer available. Sorry!
  • Knife#2 – DPx HEST Original + 8 x 10″ River Gambia Expedition print – Amount to be pledged to Kickstarter: $120.00
  • Knife#3 – DPx HEST/F 2.0 Olive Drab + 8 x 10″ River Gambia Expedition print – Amount to be pledged to Kickstarter: $150.00 UPDATE: Oct 1st – pledged for – no longer available. Sorry!

We found many, and varied uses, for our DPx Original Hest Knife whilst on ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’ expedition in 2009,The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio

Again, please email helen.jones@floriophoto.com with your choice of knife and then we’ll send you instructions on how to make your pledge to secure that choice. The sooner you make your pledge, the more chance you will have of getting on of the above knives.

PLEASE NOTE: due to shipping restrictions, this offer is ONLY available to residents, or citizens, within the USA. Sorry, to those of you outside the USA :(

Here are just a few of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints, which were available for our donors to choose from, from our 2009 expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

Ok…get your skates on!

Good luck!

Jason & Helen – The Florios

Gambian woman waits for the ferry to cross the River Gambia, in the village of Karantaba, The Gambia, West Africa – Image © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’ – portraits of village chiefs and elders © Jason Florio L-R: Landing Jammeh & Julu Sanyang, The Gambia, West Africa

Fisherman on the River Gambia, at Dusk – Image © Jason Florio 2009

‘Boys playing on boat’ Gambia River, in the village of Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa . Image © Jason Florio

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DPx Knives offer – from adventurer and author, Robert Young Pelton…first come, first served!

DPx Knives by Adventurer and author, Robert Young Pelton

Very shortly, we’ll be posting a fantastic offer…we’ll have just three DPx Gear knives to exchange for donations/pledges to our Kickstarter campaign. World adventurer, author and River Gambia Expedition collaborator (meet the team), Robert Young Pelton’s knives are second to none:

‘You work out there, hundreds of miles from help, pushing the limits of sanity, stamina and luck. Whether your world is combat, humanitarian, rescue, survival or hunting, it is where you will find DPx Gear. DPx Gear is designed for brutal use. Where there is no room for failure. Our knives are not just edged tools, they are designed and built to be hostile environment survival tools. The gear that you see revealed on this site will be the result of decades of “why don’t they….” and we did.’ DPx Gear

But, as mentioned, we will have just three of these hand-crafted beauties…so, all you adventurers and intrepid explorers of the world, first come, first served! If you want to be notified of when we post the actual offer – to get in there with a chance – then sign up here on the blog (see the right hand column – ‘follow us please – come on board’). Or, follow our River Gambia Expedition Facebook page

DPx Gear – a taster of what’s on offer!

Post coming very, very soon!

The Florios

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Meet the Team – River Gambia Expedition 2012

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS - Expedition co-leader, multi award-winning photojournalist and Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, Jason co-led, with Helen Jones-Florio, the 2009 ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey West African expedition. He photographs and writes for publications including: New York Times, Newsweek, The Independent on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, GQ, Backpacker, Afar, Outside. He has worked around the globe from Afghanistan to Suriname, focusing on under reported stories on people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict around the world: Floriophoto.com

His photography has been in solo exhibitions, won numerous international awards, and has been acquired by a number of museums, including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, Haggerty Museum, MI and The Photography Museum of Art – Huai’an, China. (Please click for more details on awards and exhibitions).

He has travelled yearly to The Gambia, since 1997, to work on a long-term project about the people who live and work around the sacred forest of ‘Makasutu’ in The Gambia – the resulting book of this work can be viewed here :Blurb Books

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Helen Jones-Florio – Expedition co-leader, photography producer and expedition blogger and social networker. Helen has been traveling to West Africa for over 15 years. She co-led, with Jason, their 2009 expedition in The Gambia. She has produced assignments in West Africa, DR Congo, Kenya, USA, Mexico, and UK. She is currently finishing a book about the 2009 expedition, based around the blog – ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ – and her personal journal entries

Published work includes – writing and photography – for: Adventure Travel Magazine (UK), ‘Wings’ (Arik Airlines in-flight magazine), Travel Africa Magazine (UK), Resource Magazine (USA), Amazing Travel Stories (USA), Gambia Experience Magazine (UK), Stellazine (USA), African World Heritage Annual Report.

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Robert Young Pelton – Expedition Advisor. Award-winning author, (‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Places’, ‘Come Back Alive’, Licensed to Kill – Hired Guns and the War on Terror’) film-maker, journalist, adventurer and geopolitical pundit. He has made numerous expeditions and covered most of the world’s conflicts for the past 20 years. Founder of DPx Gear – ‘equipment for hostile and deadly environments’ and Somalia Report.com

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Abdou Ndong – Team member, skilled River Gambia fisherman. Abdou speaks a number of the local West African languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer – some of the languages the team will encounter. Abdou has worked with Jason as his local guide and liaison for the past 14 years in The Gambia, while he photographed for his book – ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Ebou Jarju – Team member, translator and skilled River Gambia fisherman. Ebou has worked with Abdou for many years, fishing the waters of the River Gambia. Ebou speaks a number of the local West Africa languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer.

Meet the Team – River Gambia Expedition 2012

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS - Expedition co-leader, award-winning photojournalist and Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, Jason co-led, with Helen Jones-Florio, the 2009 ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ West African expedition. He photographs and writes for publications including: New York Times, Newsweek, The Independent on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, GQ, Backpacker, Afar, Outside. He has worked around the globe from Afghanistan to Suriname, focusing on under reported stories on people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict around the world http://www.floriophoto.com/

His photography has been in solo exhibitions, won numerous international awards, and has been acquired by a number of museums, including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, Haggerty Museum, MI and The Photography Museum of Art – Huai’an, China. (Please see further on for more details on awards and exhibitions).

He has travelled yearly to The Gambia, since 1997, to work on a long-term project about the people who live and work around the sacred forest of ‘Makasutu’ in The Gambia – the resulting book of this work can be viewed here : http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/766143?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Helen Jones-Florio – Expedition co-leader, photography producer and expedition blogger and social networker. Helen has been traveling to West Africa for over 15 years. She co-led, with Jason, their 2009 expedition in The Gambia. She has produced assignments in West Africa, DR Congo, Kenya, USA, Mexico, and UK. She is currently finishing a book about the 2009 expedition, based around the blog and her personal journal entries http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/

Published work includes – writing and photography – for: Adventure Travel Magazine (UK), ‘Wings’ (Arik Airlines in-flight magazine), Travel Africa Magazine (UK), Resource Magazine (USA), Amazing Travel Stories (USA), Gambia Experience Magazine (UK), Stellazine (USA), African World Heritage Annual Report.

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Robert Young Pelton – Expedition Advisor. Award-winning author, (‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Places’, ‘Come Back Alive’, Licensed to Kill – Hired Guns and the War on Terror’) film-maker, journalist, adventurer and geopolitical pundit. He has made numerous expeditions and covered most of the world’s conflicts for the past 20 years. Founder of DPx Gear – ‘equipment for hostile and deadly environments’ http://dpgear.com/ and Somalia Report.com http://ww.somaliareport.com/index.php

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Abdou Ndong – Team member, skilled River Gambia fisherman. Abdou speaks a number of the local West African languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer – some of the languages the team will encounter. Abdou has worked with Jason as his local guide and liaison for the past 14 years in The Gambia, while he photographed for his book – ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’

River Gambia Expedition 2012

Ebou Jarju – Team member, translator and skilled River Gambia fisherman. Ebou has worked with Abdou for many years, fishing the waters of the River Gambia. Ebou speaks a number of the local West Africa languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer.