2018 Beauty of The Bee Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our TOP WINNERS (see below): Andi Saxon, Bilyan Belchev and Claire Miller! Congratulations also to our amazing Honorable Mentions (see below): Jen Clason, Rose Smith and Tracy Jensen!

Special thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for sponsoring this year’s contest!

1) Andi Saxon, No title

Photo by Andi Saxon

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“Bees need our commitment to honor their needs and protect them for the future of our planet.”

 

2) Bilyan Belchev, “Lots of Lavender Love

Photo by Bilyan Belchev

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“Bees pollinate 80% of the flowering plants we see, and 70% of the top crops we eat. Yet these hard-working creatures are under attack by practices in modern agriculture that can be changed, and should be changed. We owe them at least this much — to demand change that will help them survive, and thrive. This way, we will too.”

 

3) Claire Miller, “Blackberry and Bee

Photo by Claire Miller

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“I saw a picture of what our grocery stores would look like without bees. I don’t want that future for for my young child and his children. We can all do our part, even with small changes like planting flowers that bees love, or not using pesticides in our gardens. I think that’s an important message to share.”

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention:  Jen Clason,“Honeybee and Russian Sage”

Photo by Jen Clason

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“Without bees (and other pollinators) the food chain would be completely disrupted, thus changing or eliminating life as we know it. Plus some of them make honey! And who can resist a fuzzy butt?”

 

Honorable Mention: Rose Smith, “Busy Bee”

Photo by Rose Smith

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly). 
“Bees are one of the most vital aspects of our ecosystem as their pollination is essential to our food sources. They are amazing creatures and are wonderful examples of a great work ethic as they tirelessly provide for our needs here on this earth!”

 

Honorable Mention: Tracy Jensen, Honeybee finding food in the lavender plant

Photo by Tracy Jensen

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly). 
“Bees are so important to protect because without the little insects many of our plants could not reproduce or flourish. Without the pollinating these insects provide, our food supplies would change drastically and not for the better. Not to mention our landscape. I love taking pictures of the wonderful insects in my backyard and I getting really excited when I see bees in my backyard. I can’t imagine a world without them. I would love to use my photos to help bring awareness to people about how important these bees are.”

 

Director’s Choice Award Catia Juliana, “Is it hot in here or is it just me? Sweat bee on Sunflower

Photo by Catia Juliana

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
Climate change is a threat to our native bees and honey bees through habitat loss, temperatures extremes, and flower bloom time shifts. We need our government officials to develop a climate recovery plan that will include protecting pollinators. At home, we can plant diverse and bee-friendly gardens that support our neighborhood bees.

MOST APPRECIATED ON FACEBOOK WINNER: 53!

Jinn Bug, “Cuddling Up for the Night”

Photo by Jinn Bug

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
The little bee was draped just as you see him over the stamen of the hollyhock blossom. I have seen bees do many cool things, but this was the first time I’d seen one draped motionless but very much alive over anything. I checked on him an hour later at fall of dark, and he was still there and had moved around a bit to present his back to the world as the blossom began to close up for the night around him. Male bumblebees don’t go back to the nest at night–they fend for themselves–so he curled up for a fulling-moon rest till the sun came out to warm him up for the next day’s labor. Truly–the hollyhock loves the bee, and the bee loves the hollyhock. We plant a diversity of flowers and trees for the bees–the honeybees, the bumblebees and the solitary bees–and every fall I harvest seed from our garden to share with other folks, hoping to increase bee habitats and foraging spots. Without a healthy bee population, our planet and our own food sources are under severe threat. Each one of us can make a difference by planting a larger or small “bee friendly” flower zone in our yards, in pots on the balcony or porch, in the lonely strip of grass by a parking lot. And–as a bonus–if we look closely, we may get to see some flower and bee love like this darlin’ shot!

MOST APPRECIATED ON FACEBOOK – RUNNER UP:

Jessi Pongratz, “Ah, blossoms! Hark, a hum! Behold, Spring!”

Photo by Jessi Pongratz

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
We depend so much on bees as humans. Bees are superior at pollination for most of our food crops, this is important because good pollination produces higher crop yields and better quality fruit as well as better seed for future crops! It is crucial that we do what we can to create habitat for bees, support organic farms and avoid use of pesticides!


 

Congratulations to our TOP VIDEO WINNERS…

1ST PLACE VIDEO WINNER: Sarah Stames
Title: “All of Nature is Sacred”

VIDEO on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BkSYYa6FFzG/

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“There is so much for us to learn about the magickal relationship between the winged creatures, the rooted ones, and our wild, human existence. We are here to remember how important it is to take care of each other. Bees bring food and medicine to our bodies and are paramount to our survival. Bees are everything.”

 

2ND PLACE VIDEO WINNER: Mohamed Shebl
Title: “Anthidium loti”

VIDEO coming soon.

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“Female of wool carder bees Anthidium loti carding hairs from Stachys then flying off carrying a ball of carded hairs.Usually bees visiting the plant for nectar and pollen and in some cases for oil but here the female bees collected wool for preparing their nests. Cultivation of bee friendly plants will enhance their conservation efforts and increase their population and this will help to stop declining of some species.”

 

3RD PLACE VIDEO WINNER: Catia Juliana
Title: “Bumbling Around the Fireweed at the Native Plant Nursery”

 

Tell our leaders why it’s so important to save bees now (briefly).
“Native plants need native bees. When we protect bees, we protect biodiversity. We are all interconnected, and the bee symbolizes the hope of the future.”

 


Special thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for sponsoring this year’s contest!