The 12th Annual 2024 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest will be open in June!


Photos in banner from the winners from last year's contest:
(left to right) Claudia Husseneder, Steven Soltesz and Johanna Stiffler

"Bee-Dazzle us with your love of bees!"

READ THE RULES | ENTER THE CONTESTSee the 2023 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest Winners

Send us your favorite original photo of bees in any setting, whether in the wild or in your own back yard.
We will accept one photo entry per person. Bee creative!

Please visit our Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest Facebook Group to see all the entries as we receive them.

Your photos can make a difference!

The Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest helps raise awareness of the plight of bees!

Help us continue our work to save our precious pollinators by donating to Beyond Toxics TODAY!

If you’ve been following our work on behalf of pollinator health, you know that concern for the survival of all pollinators (including bees) is a critical part of the fight for the integrity of environmental biodiversity and food justice.

Images inspire others to get involved and care! YOU can help save bees by capturing their special beauty. Prior photo entries have helped Beyond Toxics make the case for changing laws and policies, such as the ban on neonics in Eugene, Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon.

Another reason to submit your bee photos
We are very successful in promoting top winning photographs far and wide, providing great exposure to winning photographers. Examples from past years include: a traveling photo exhibit displayed at several businesses in Portland and Eugene, the state Capitol, the Corvallis Public Library and local restaurants. Several of the winning photos also appeared on TV, in statewide media including Oregon Public Broadcasting, Eugene Weekly, the Eugene Register-Guard, in blogs and magazines, and more.


Design by Steven Lopez


Design by Steven Lopez



We will accept one contest entry per person of a bee photo showing how you interpret, "Summer of Bee Love." | DEADLINE: Thursday, August 16th, 2023 at Noon. | Winners will be announced the following week.

By participating, you agree to allow your photos to be used by Beyond Toxics for marketing purposes.* By participating, you also agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this photo contest.

Please do not submit photos that have been submitted to our contest in prior years or that have been manipulated by special filters in photo manipulation software (contrast and color adjustments are fine).

Staff and board members of Beyond Toxics and judges are not eligible to enter the contest.


To accept the top prize, the winning photographer must verify they are over 21 years of age.

Winners* will be chosen by a panel of judges that may include professional photographers, video producers and Beyond Toxics staff.

Tallies by judges will be based on 7 aesthetic criteria, including quality of the image and originality.

Vote tallies on our Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest Facebook Group may be used to help break ties ONLY. An additional category of winner has been created for photo entries based on total number of Facebook votes.


*We will make every effort to give credit to the photographers when we promote and display their photos, allowing for type of media and space restrictions.

An additional limited edition t-shirt of your size choice may be substituted for winner who is too young to accept wine for the 1st place prize.



Please visit our Facebook group so you can vote for your favorite photos as they are posted. NOTE: Facebook votes will not be the primary determining factor in choosing winners, but we will provide special recognition for the photo that gets the most positive recognition on Facebook.

More reading on the subject of bees:

Learn more about What You Can Do to Save Bees (PDF)

Read Krystal Abrams' latest blog, "Buzzing with Excitement: Bee Surveys Reveal a Hidden World of Native Bee Riches!"

US honeybees suffer second deadliest season on record
The Guardian - June 23, 2023
Nearly 50% of US bee colonies died off last year, although efforts have helped the overall bee population remain ‘relatively stable’