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The 2014 Vita international beekeeping photo competition

Beekeepers and honeybee fans are invited to enter the 2014 Vita international photo competition.

Winners’ photographs will appear in the 2015 Vita (Europe) Ltd Calendar and they will each receive a copy of the limited edition calendar. There will also be a cash prize plus beekeeping products for the best as judged by an international panel of beekeeping journalists and suppliers.

All suitable entries will also be added to the Vita Gallery, a free online resource of hundreds of honeybee-related Bee_and_bubblephotos which is used by beekeeping lecturers and associations across the globe.

Entrants can submit up to four photos (preferably each about 1mb in size) relating to honeybees or beekeeping by emailing them to gallery@vita-europe.com. Photos can be on any relevant topic: from honeybee behaviour, to beekeeping practices, foraging honeybees and honeybee produce.

The outright winner of the competition will receive a €50 cash prize, plus Vita anti-varroa products for 10 colonies. Runners-up will receive a special package of Vita products. There is also a special prize for the winner of the under-16s category.

The deadline for entries is 19 October 2014.

Giving a few tips for this year’s entrants, Jeremy Owen, Sales Director at Vita and Chairman of the judging panel, said: “This year the judges will be keen to see photographs of beekeeping management in action. Since the photos are linked to months of the year, well-composed out-of-season photographs are likely to stand out from the crowd.”

Outlining the reach of the Calendar and the Vita Gallery, Sebastian Owen, Commercial Development Manager of Vita (Europe) Ltd, said: “The Vita Calendar must be one of the best-travelled calendars I know. It is sent to the Vita distributor network across the globe and I usually see it prominently displayed in their offices on my visits. But the reach of the photographs entered doesn’t stop there — nearly all the photos also become available in the Vita Gallery where they reach another audience that includes beekeeping associations which tell us what a valuable resource they are in teaching new members and communicating with the public in lectures and presentations.”

Terms and Conditions of the 2014 Vita Photo Competition

The competition is open to any individual. Up to four photos (about 1mb each in size) relating to honeybees or beekeeping may be submitted. Please include your name, postcode (or equivalent) and country in your email. You may also include captions for your photographs if you wish.

The deadline for entries to the competition is 19 October 2014.

Entrants must certify that the image/s they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. In providing images for the competition, each entrant agrees that Vita can put it in the online Vita Gallery for others to use and the Vita Calendar. Wherever used, Vita will credit the contributor.

For the cash prize, bank transfer details will be required.

Notes To Editors

Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe.. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controls, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies hornet traps and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the Tierhygienisches Institut (Institute of Animal Health) in Freiburg, Germany, the UK Central Science Laboratory and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.
See www.vita-europe.com for more information and the new web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.

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