Author Archives: Stephen Fleming

  • Basingstoke Mayor finds a queen in town

    Blandford & Sturminster beekeepers enjoyed a rare public visit to Vita Bee Health’s apiary in Basingstoke with Basingstoke’s mayor.

  • Vita Bee Health Photo Competition 2019

    Photo: Katrien Berckmoes

    The eighth annual Vita Bee Health international photo competition is now open for entries. The competition grows in stature each year with superb honey bee-related photographs from around the world.

    The outright winner will receive a cash prize and eleven others will appear in the 2020 Vita Bee Health limited edition calendar and feature in Vita’s monthly email newsletters. All winners receive a copy of the sought-after calendar.

    The deadline for entries is 25 October 2019. Entrants may submit up to four photos (at least 2 MB in size and preferably as attachments) by emailing them to gallery@vita-europe.com. Photos may be on any relevant topic relating to honeybees and beekeeping.

    The competition will be judged by an international panel of beekeeping specialists and suppliers.

    The outright winner of the competition will receive a €100 cash prize. Runners-up will receive a copy of the limited-edition Vita 2020 Calendar. There is also a special prize for the winner of the under-16s category.

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

    Sebastian Owen, Commercial Director at Vita Bee Health, said: “We always look forward to seeing this year’s selection of photographs – and we know that our network across the globe appreciates them too. Even since the competition began in 2011, the growth of interest in bees and beekeeping has been enormous. They are rarely out of the news, so we expect and hope that this year’s entries may include photographs from non-beekeepers. As ever, we especially want to encourage entries from young beekeepers and have a special prize for under-16s.”

    Terms and Conditions of the 2019 Vita Photo Competition

    The competition is open to any individual. Up to four photos (at least 2 MB 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 25 October 2019.

    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 in the Vita Calendar and to use it for marketing purposes.

    Wherever used, Vita will endeavour to credit the contributor.

    Postal addresses will  be required from winners and runners up, these addresses will only be used to post the calendars and/or prizes. For the cash prize, bank transfer details will also be required at the appropriate time.

    The judges’ decision will be final.

     

  • Jerry Hayes video podcast

    Jerry Hayes of Vita Bee Health North America talks about bees and careers with Vance Crowe

  • Asian hornet latest

    A fascinating new book about the Asian hornet has just been published revealing latest findings about the invader.

  • AFB and EFB kit supplies

    Why there are temporary difficulties in finding supplies of Vita Bee Health AFB and EFB diagnostic kits

  • Preparing for 2019 IMYB

    This town is in for a pleasant beekeeping surprise soon. 2019 IMYB is coming!