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Vita Bee Health international photo competition winners 2019

Photo: Ian Gregory

The overall winner of 2019 Vita Bee Health photo competition is Ian Gregory for his image of a foraging honey bee with brimming pollen baskets.

Winning entries, selected by an international panel of judges, feature in the 2020 Vita Bee Health calendar, a pdf file of which can be downloaded free of charge via the Vita gallery.

Everyone whose photograph features in the calendar will receive a free limited edition of the printed desk calendar. Outright winner Ian Gregory also wins a cash prize.

The 2020 Vita Calendar includes photographs by Tessa Milton, Ian Gregory, Geoffrey Leister, Claire Heywood, Margaret Edge, Ann Chilcott, Kyle Riley, Susan Kimber, Kathleen Suddes and Mark Baker.

Sebastian Owen, commercial director of Vita Bee Health, said, “The 2020 Calendar shows the diversity of honey bees and beekeeping in many parts of the world. It’s never easy to pick an outright winner and we warmly thank everyone who submitted entries.  Ian Gregory’s photograph of a bee loaded with pollen and about to gather more is superbly atmospheric was selected by our panel as the outright winner. We were also particularly struck by Kathleen Suddes’s dramatic shot of a Canadian apiary overlooking forest, sea and mountains, and the pristine developing larvae captured in Geoffrey Leister’s photograph.

“Once again, these photographs will be proudly displayed on desk calendars of the Vita distribution network across the globe. If you didn’t win a hardcopy, please do take the opportunity to download the free pdf file.”

The international judging panel for the 2018 competition was Jiří Píza, of Prague in the Czech Republic and founder of the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers; Mike Gordon of Bee Maid Honey Ltd in Winnipeg, Canada; Gordon Stokes, UK photographer; plus Paulo Mielgo, Jon Stacey and Alastair Taylor on behalf of Vita Bee Health in the UK.

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