2019 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest


Visit our Facebook contest group to see the photo entries we received this year!

If you’ve been following our work to save bees, you know that concern for their survival is a critical action for environmental integrity and food justice.

Images inspire others to get involved and to care! YOU can help save bees by capturing their special beauty. 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! (Read the rules) | See winners from 2018.

We will display the photo entries on our Facebook group page so you can follow the contest entries and VOTE!


1st Place Winner: Display of your photo on BOTH the Beyond Toxics Facebook page and the home page of this web site AND a Bee Protector T-shirt designed by Steven Lopez AND one of our super chill Bee Protector hats AND…Velo Bed and Breakfast gift certificate. Either one night for up to four people (both bedrooms) or two nights for up to two people (one bedroom). No restrictions, 3 year expiration. A $250 value, includes organic breakfast. MORE: http://velobandb.com.

2nd Place Winner: your photo displayed on the Beyond Toxics Facebook page AND your choice of either a Bee Protector T-shirt OR one of our super chill Bee Protector hats AND a $100 gift certificate towards a tattoo at Queen Bee Tattoo and Salon in Springfield, OR. (MORE: https://queenbeetattoos.com/)

3rd Place Winner: your photo displayed on the Beyond Toxics Facebook page AND one of our super chill Bee Protector hats AND 2 tickets to a MetroArts performance of your choice at The Broadway Metro in downtown Eugene.

Honorable Mentions: Beyond Toxics will pick and announce photographs earning an Honorable Mention. The winners will get a box of Mountain Rose Herbs Pollinator Tea.

Highest interest on Facebook (posts with the most positive reactions):…Display of your photo on the Beyond Toxics Facebook page and on our web site.

Your photos can make a difference!
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. Photos of bees will also help us promote plans to build the OREGON POLLINATOR PROTECTION ALLIANCE that will help pass far-reaching legislation to help bee survival!WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WONDERFUL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS FROM YOU!

Read the rules for submission!

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 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.

Please visit our Facebook event page and “like” us and your favorite photos as they come in. 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 votes on Facebook.

Past photo contest winners:
2018 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest Winners
2017 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest Winners
2016 Beauty of The Bee Photo Contest Winners

  • The featured photo in this year’s contest campaign (top of page) was taken by Bilyan Belchev. It was the second place winner from last year’s contest.

Thanks to kind support from Velo Bed and Breakfast , Broadway Metro, Ballet Fantastique and Queen Bee Tattoo and Salon!