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Vita Photo Competition Winners 2017

Photo: Leka Huie

An international panel has selected the bees and beekeeping photographs for the 2018 Vita Calendar and voted for Leka Huie from Hong Kong as the overall winner for his colourful action photo of a honey bee in-flight approaching a flower.

Entries will appear in the limited edition 2018 Vita Calendar distributed to Vita’s global network and the competition winners. Some of the photos are below and a pdf file of the full calendar is available for free download to users of the Vita Gallery

The 2018 Vita Calendar monthly line-up of winning photographs is:

January ………. Keith Pownall
February ……… Christine Balshaw
March …………. David Reynolds
April …………… Christine Balshaw
May ……………. Christopher Wren
June …………… Leka Huie
July ……………. David Reynolds
August ………… Christopher Wren
September ……  Huw Evans
October ………. Harriet Roberts
November ……. Ann Chilcott
December ……. Viviana Calderon Riquelme

Honourable mention: Jennifer Lewis

Sebastian Owen, Commercial Manager at Vita Bee Health, said: “Year-on-year the photos submitted for our competition are of increasing quality and the task of the international judging panel becomes more and more difficult. This year’s calendar is excellent and provides surprising insights into the world of honey bees – from Christine Balshaw’s shot of mysterious luminous pollen being carried into a hive to Christopher Wren’s seething mass of bees on a comb and Huw Evans’s composition of maze-like-shaped wild comb. We warmly thank all entrants and our judging panel.”

The 2018 Vita Calendar will be sent to Vita distributors across the globe, but a medium resolution pdf file of the calendar can be downloaded at no cost by registered users of the Vita Photo Gallery. Registration is free and it can be accessed via

The international judging panel for 2017 was: Tiago Brás of HiFarmaX in Portugal, Bruce Clow of Ceracell in New Zealand, Svetlana Pantyukhina of Vita CIS in Russia, Miguel Tejerina of Apilab in Argentina, plus Paulo Mielgo and Alastair Taylor on behalf of Vita (Europe) in the UK.

Sign up for the Vita Gallery (free) and download the 2018 Vita Calendar.

About Vita Bee Health

Vita Bee Health 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 a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controls, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet trapsSmall Hive Beetle traps, the Bee Gym varroa grooming aid and swarm lures. 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 Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK 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.

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