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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.

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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

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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.

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