2012 Vita Photo competition: the winners
The 2012 Vita Photo Competition has been won by Mark Gullick of the UK with his very atmospheric shot of foraging bees. Mark will receive a cash prize as well as sufficient Apiguard and Apistan, Vita’s world-leading varroa medicines, to treat 10 hives.
Other winners of a 2013 Vita Calendar and a box of Vita swarm lures for next season are:
Jeremy Owen, sales director of Vita, said: “This was our second photo competition and we were delighted with the entry of well over 100 photos from around the world.
“The full selection of entries, which will appear in the free-to-access Vita online photo gallery over the next few weeks, clearly demonstrates the diversity of beekeeping and its wide appeal to so many people in different walks of life.
“Our favourites — and it was a very tough choice! — are showcased in the Vita 2013 Calendar.
“We thank everyone who entered the competition and our international judging panel who had to make such a difficult selection.
“We will be interested to see if the prizes of Vita swarm lures will lead to some interesting swarm photographs next year.”
The international judging panel comprised Nicola Bradbear (Bees for Development), Clare Waring (Bee Craft, UK), Gabe Dadant (Dadant,USA) Bengt Svensson (Vaxfabrik, Sweden), and Jeremy Owen and Max Watkins (Vita Europe).
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 headquarters in the UK, offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe, Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.
Vita’s product range to improve honeybee health includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controls, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. 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.
Stephen Fleming at Palam Communications
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