2016 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. These rare glimpses of courtship between bee and flower are 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 are glad to be able to celebrate it with you!

Choosing winners was, as always, difficult. We had so many wonderful entries from all over the country (one winner lives in Hong Kong!). The five 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 7 winners of this year’s photo contest: Therese Rudolph, “Bee with pollen grains” (First Place); Heather Holm, “Metallic Green Sweat Bee, Agapostemon virescens” (Second Place); Dan Pennington, “Armor and Fuzz” (Third Place); Leka Huie, “Honey…I am Coming” (Honorable Mention); Susan Field, “Bee approaching a Lupin” (Honorable Mention); Mysti Frost, “Prim and proper pollinator on Primrose” (Director’s Choice); Amanda Hodgson, no title (Winner of Most Facebook likes)


Therese Rudolph, "Bee with pollen grains"

Therese Rudolph, “Bee with pollen grains”

Therese’s email response after hearing she had won:

“That is SO AMAZING….I WON 1st place in the Beauty of the Bee Contest!!!!  Thank you so much…

I will look forward to the “goodie bag” and feel so very honored. I had my own top bar hives and became allergic to bee venom so had to give them up. I literally cried when my first hives were removed from my property. I just loved the interaction with them. Still the feral bees come to my yard for the nectar and pollen of the flowers I grow for them each year. They bring so much life to my yard and I still photograph them. Hopefully after my treatments I will be able to have bees again….

Again, thank you very very much and I am glad you all enjoyed the photo I entered in the contest. Keep up the great work you are doing.”

Thank you, Therese! We will keep up the good work and we hope you keep photographing bees!


Heather Holm, "Metallic Green Sweat Bee, Agapostemon virescens"

Heather Holm, “Metallic Green Sweat Bee, Agapostemon virescens”


Dan Pennington, "Armor and Fuzz"

Dan Pennington, “Armor and Fuzz”

Dan’s email response after hearing he had won:

“Thank you so much for honoring my photo.
All the best,
Dan Pennington”


Leka Huie, "Honey...I am Coming"

Leka Huie, “Honey…I am Coming”


Susan Field, "Bee approaching a Lupin"

Susan Field, “Bee approaching a Lupin”



Mysti Frost, "Prim and proper pollinator on Primrose"

Mysti Frost, “Prim and proper pollinator on Primrose”


In addition to the winners chosen via independent judging, we tallied the “likes” each photo got as they were posted to our Facebook page.


Amanda Hodgson, no title

Amanda Hodgson, no title


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

FIRST PLACE WINNER – Video by Ellwood Zwovic (“Ode to Bees”) – 30 sec.

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now: “We need food, food needs bees.

SECOND PLACE WINNER – Video by Jessica Kelso (“Beemovie” from Loyly)

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now: This huge, gorgeous flower full of bees stopped me in my tracks on a sunny June morning. My business works with organic, holistic plant-based skincare, none of which would exist without our sweet bee friends. Emily Dickenson said, “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. One clover, and a bee, And revery…”

THIRD PLACE WINNER – Video by Chandra LeGue (“Bumblebee on native rose”)

See video here: https://goo.gl/photos/mra5tc1aBryMoHUV6

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now: “Native plants and ecosystems need native pollinators!


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

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