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Vita Bee Health’s 2022 photo competition

Vita Bee Health, about to celebrate its silver anniversary, is calling for entries to its annual international photo competition. Winning entries appear in the sought-after limited-edition calendar, which is sent to the Vita distribution network across the world. The closing date is 23 October 2022, but enties are now being accepted.

Photo: Ainars Millers

The outright winner of the competition receives a cash prize, and the photographs of eleven other winners will also appear in the 2023 Vita Bee Health calendar and feature in Vita’s monthly email newsletters. All winners receive a copy of the desk calendar.

Photographs should relate to any aspect of honey bees and beekeeping. Those which reflect a particular month or season are particularly welcome.

Entrants may submit up to four photos (at least 2MB in size and preferably as attachments) by emailing them to .

The deadline for entries is 23 October 2022.

Sebastian Owen, commercial director at Vita Bee Health, said: “We never fail to be delighted by the entries to our competition from across the world. Despite all the challenges faced by honey bees and their keepers, the hobby and occupation are coping well as the photo entries show. The resulting and sought-after limited-edition calendars go to the competition winners and to our global distribution network, where we know they take pride of place on desks. ”

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 2023 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 honey bee-related photos now used by beekeeping lecturers and associations across the globe.

Terms and Conditions of the 2022 Vita Photo Competition

The competition is open to any individual. Up to four photos (at least 2MB 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 23 October 2022.

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.

HiveGate, a wasp-protection entrance with far-reaching benefits

A simple, low-cost adjustment to any honey bee hive entrance helps bees protect against wasps (yellow jackets), robber bees and other would-be intruders. By creating a tunnel from the entrance of the hive to beneath the cluster, HiveGate not only confuses intruders, it also seems to help bees to regulate the temperature and humidity of their nest much more precisely, thereby potentially boosting their health and productivity.

Wasp being attacked at HiveGate entrance protecting colony

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Photo competition winners 2021

This year’s overall winner of the Vita Bee Health international photographic competition is Vincent Hakzimana of Rwanda for his photograph of a hand-held swarm showing pollen glistening from the pollen baskets of the bees.

Photo by Vincent Hakzimana of Rwanda



Featured photographers – in calendar month order – are:

Jan  Ainars Millers

Feb  Grace Madden

Mar  Lewis Turner

Apr  Holli Kircher

May  Richard Cherry

Jun  Peter Jones

Jul  Dave Charnley

Aug  Grace Madden

Sep  Karen Rennie

Oct   Ainars Millers

Nov  Vincent Hakzimana

Dec  Simon White

Sebastian Owen, commercial director of Vita Bee Health, said, “As ever, the photo competition has highlighted the diversity of beekeeping across the world. The 2022 calendar shows that clearly as Vita prepare to celebrate its 25th anniversary researching, developing and producing products to help beekeepers across the world keep their honey bees healthy and productive. 

“We warmly thank everyone who entered and the judging panel. Please feel free to download the pdf of the calendar.”

Winners will shortly be receiving the beautifully printed limited-edition desk calendars.

High-resolution pdf 2022 Vita Bee Health calendar

Tenth anniversary photo and calendar competition

Vita Bee Health is calling for entries to its international photo competition, now celebrating its tenth year. Winning entries appear in the sought-after limited-edition calendar, which is sent to the Vita distribution network across the world. The closing date is 24 October 2021.

Photo: Lewis Turner

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Vita Bee Health 2021 calendar and winners

Bee bringing back pollen. Photo: Lewis Turner

The overall winner of the 2020 Vita Bee Health international photographic competition is Lewis Turner of Suffolk, UK, for his stunning, head-on eyeline shot of an approaching honey bee.

Featured photographers – in calendar month order – are:

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Moving Apiguard production in times of coronavirus

Apiguard, the UK’s most popular varroa control treatment, is back in full production despite lockdown restrictions when manufacturing of the gel was moved to Northern Italy earlier this year.

When Vita Bee Health decided to begin producing Apiguard, its near-natural varroa-control treatment, in Italy, the company knew that logistical challenges were inevitable and had therefore stockpiled several month’s reserves to ensure that the supply chain would not be disrupted. Then came covid-19 and lockdowns, first in the new production centre in Northern Italy and then at headquarters in the UK. This presented a novel set of experiences, but customers knew nothing of the dramatic behind-the-scenes activity.

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Vita Bee Health 2020 photographic competition

The ninth annual Vita Bee Health international photo competition is now open for entries. Each year Vita invites photographs of anything related to honey bees and beekeeping – with a hint that any image that fits a particular month for the resulting limited-edition calendar is of particular interest.

The outright winner of the competition will receive a cash prize and eleven others will also appear in the 2021 Vita Bee Health limiteddition calendar and feature in Vita’s monthly email newsletters. All winners receive a copy of the desk calendar.

The deadline for entries is 25 October 2020. Entrants may submit up to four photos (at least 2 MB in size and preferably as attachments) by emailing them to . Photos may be on any relevant topic relating to honeybees and beekeeping.

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New biological wax moth control for USA

Wax moth damage

Beekeepers in the USA can now save many millions of dollars each year by using B402, a new biological treatment to control wax moth. As a result of rapid and innovative development of the product by honey bee health specialists Vita Bee Health in collaboration with Valent Biosciences Corporation, B402 is now becoming available across the USA.

The new wax moth control product, B402 (also known as Certan), uses Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a bacterium commonly found in nature that selectively kills wax moths at the larval stage. The moths, which can destroy honey bee wax combs and even the structure of hives, cause widespread damage and even colony losses for beekeepers. B402 offers efficacy of up to 100% against wax moth larvae.

B402 has recently been approved for use with honey bee colonies by the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many individual states have already confirmed that registration, so stock is now being shipped to distributors across the country. B402 is safe to use and harmless to beneficial insects and pollinators. It leaves no chemical residues in wax or honey, and only a single application is necessary to provide complete protection.
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New lower-cost Bee Gym Slim

Bee Gym Slim packBee Gym Slim, the enhanced and lower-cost design of the chemical-free varroa-grooming aid for honey bees, has been launched following much positive feedback from beekeepers about the original Bee Gym.

Now available through Vita Bee Health distributors, the new design of Bee Gym Slim is lower cost because it uses fewer parts and is more effective because multiple gyms can be easily inserted into hives.

The new Bee Gym Slim is available in packs of three grooming strips 170mm long, 45mmwide, <5mm high, and provides many more grooming points. The strips are placed on top of the brood frames, instead of on the floor (in contrast to the older version) and fit into bee space between brood boxes or are integrated with a queen excluder. In this position, there is a lot of bee traffic and therefore more opportunity for the bees to groom – and for the beekeeper to see the grooming in action. This positioning also enables the Bee Gym Slim to be easily removed and replaced for cleaning.

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even if you cannot visit your bees so frequently

                                 VitaFeed Patty

            VitaFeed Power

For the 2020 season, honey bees can benefit from a range of Vita Bee Health feeds, all GMO-free, that enable feeding at almost any time of year.

The new VitaFeed Power and VitaFeed Patty feed supplements have been developed after research which has shown that if foraged pollen is low in protein, the colony suffers because foraging requirements increase disproportionately. If the pollen protein content drops from 30% top 20%, pollen consumption must increase by 50%. That extra pollen-foraging requirement can have very detrimental effects on colony development.

Paulo Mielgo, technical director at Vita Bee Health, explained, “These products aren’t simply feeds. They have been rigorously researched and tested to ensure that they perform to the highest specifications. We aren’t just selling feeds – we are selling research, experience and technology in the form of feeds.”

Studies in Italy and Greece in 2019 have shown that brood area can be increased by 25% when a combination of the new feeds is used in springtime. This results in healthier and more advanced colonies showing other all-round health benefits.

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