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Vita launches 2012 honeybee and beekeeping photo competition

Anyone with an interest in honeybees and beekeeping is invited to enter a photographic competition run by Vita (Europe) Ltd.

There will be cash prizes and beekeeping products for the winners, and the best pictures will feature in the Vita 2013 Calendar.
The entries will also be added to the hundreds of honeybee-related photos in the free, online Vita Gallery (www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/gallery) which is proving an invaluable resource for anyone anywhere in the world wanting to spread the word about beekeeping.

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

The deadline for entries is 1 November 2012.

The winner of the competition will receive a €50 cash prize, plus Vita anti-varroa products for 10 colonies. There is also a special prize for the winner of the under-16s category. Calendars will also be sent to anyone whose picture is featured.

Jeremy Owen, Sales Director of Vita (Europe) Ltd, explained: “We are running this 2012 Vita Photo Competition because entries and the response to our first competition in 2010 was so good. The 2010 competition attracted so many high quality pictures that we ended up awarding more prizes than we originally intended. We even produced a calendar which was sent to our distributors and many friends across the globe. The 2010 entries also boosted the number of photographs in the Vita gallery which has proven to be of such interest to beekeepers everywhere. Today the Gallery, which is free to use for educational purposes, has more than 450 images and is used by more than 1000 registered users.”

Terms and Conditions of the 2012 Vita Photo Competition

The competition is open to any individual. Up to four photos (up to 1mb each) 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 1 November 2012.

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.

Photos in this post are courtesy of Ross Kimber, who entered the first Vita Gallery Photo competition.

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.

Media Enquiries

Stephen Fleming at Palam Communications

Tel +44 (0) 1635 299116

Email sfleming@palam.co.uk

 

 

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