2015 Beauty of The Bee Photo Contest Winners

The purpose of photography is primarily to capture a rare moment of beauty. The photographers who participated in this year’s “Beauty of The Bee” Photo Contest impressively captured ephemeral moments of the life of a bee and her relationship with the flower. This rare glimpse of courtship that exists between bee and flower is beautiful. What a treat to be able to see, up-close, the catalyst that sets in motion the production of most of our food. This courtship is what sustains us and we must celebrate it.

Choosing winners was especially difficult this year. We had so many extraordinary entries from all over the country! The four judges arrived at their decision using a set of seven aesthetic criteria and a numbering system for each criteria.

We wish to extend congratulations to the 8 winners of this year’s photo contest: Samara Howell, “Pollen Bath” (first place); Leka Huie, “Honey…I am Coming!” (second place); Melody Carr, “Bee and Spanish Lavender” and Leslie Brown, “A tricky, prickly bees-iness” (tied for third place); Cynthia Woscek, “Thrive,” and Judit Covarrubias Garcia, “Bee-autiful Bee (honorable mentions); Danielle Tinker, “Bumblebee on Milkweed” (first place winner of a special category, “Native Bee Pick”) and Jordan Stuart, “Fancy a Flight?” (Director’s Choice).

FIRST PLACE

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Photo by Samara Howell, “Pollen Bath”


SECOND PLACE

Photo by Leka Huie, "Honey...I am Coming!"

Photo by Leka Huie, “Honey…I am Coming!”


THIRD PLACE (tied)

Photo by Melody Carr, "Bee Spanish Lavender"

Photo by Melody Carr, “Bee Spanish Lavender”

and

Photo by Leslie Brown, "A tricky prickly bees-iness"

Photo by Leslie Brown, “A tricky prickly bees-iness”


HONORABLE MENTION

Photo by Judit Covarrubias Garcia, "Bee-autiful Bee"

Photo by Judit Covarrubias Garcia, “Bee-autiful Bee”

and

Photo by Cynthia Woscek, "Thrive"

Photo by Cynthia Woscek, “Thrive”


FIRST PLACE, “Native Bee Pick”

Photo by Danielle Tinker, "Bumblebee on Milkweed"

Photo by Danielle Tinker, “Bumblebee on Milkweed”

 

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

Photo by Jordan Stuart, "Fancy a Flight?"

Photo by Jordan Stuart, “Fancy a Flight?”

In addition to the winners chosen via independent judging, we tallied the “likes” each photo got as they were posted to our Facebook page. The top two vote getters are featured below. Hearty congrats are in order to Brandon Hennessey (“Little Warrior” – 4/22/2015) His answer to our question, Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now: “Bees are essential for life and help not only with food but with medical problem as well.” The second most popular photo titled, “They’ll be locked inside their heart-shaped brood for 2 weeks…” was taken by photographer Paul Stoll on May 17th this year. His answer to our question, Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now: “The world is a beautiful place. When the bees go, beauty will fall shortly behind.”

 

MOST FACEBOOK VOTES

Photo by Brandon Hennessey, "Little Warrior"

Photo by Brandon Hennessey, “Little Warrior”


2ND MOST FACEBOOK VOTES

Photo by Paul Stoll, titled, "They'll be locked inside their heart-shaped brood for 2 weeks..."

Photo by Paul Stoll, titled, “They’ll be locked inside their heart-shaped brood for 2 weeks…”

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Video portion of our contest…

FIRST PLACE WINNER of 2 tickets to either of Eugene’s Bijou Arts Cinema:
“Between A Hive And A Hot Place” – Video by Marc Wood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpO9xCiignA&feature=youtu.be

HONORABLE MENTION recognition goes to two sweet videos…

* “The Importance of Bees” by Patrick Reed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ovuaJmJlRA

and

* “Bees on buttonbush this morning!” a Vine video by Danielle Tinker
https://vine.co/v/er6FUj66tnq

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Thanks to all the great photographers and videographers who entered! We sincerely hope to see more of your work next year!