International beekeeping photography competition open for entries – but hurry!

2011's first prize winner. Beautiful, isn't it?

Now in its twelfth year, the international beekeeping photography competition organised by the town council of Azuqueca de Henares, outside Madrid is now open.  It’s an excellent competition – free to enter and with a cash prize.  In previous years, entrants have each received a free book showing the top 100 photographs.  Over the years the number of entrants has increased to about a thousand from all over the world, as you’ll see here.  As you’ll see from the rules and the previous winning entries (e.g. 2010), they particularly like pictures of people working at beekeeping, rather than just photos of bees.

If you have some beekeeping photos of which you are proud, why not enter them?  If you don’t have any photos to hand, you have until the end of April to take some photos and submit them.

Good luck all.  Let’s hope we have a Dublin winner this year!


p.s. talking of phototgraphs, our own Eamonn Magee made it into the Irish Times this week, in a story on the return of bees to Dublin’s botanic gardens.

p.p.s. There will be a beekeepers’ stand at the Bloom in the Phoenix Park this June bank holiday weekend.  If you’re there, do drop in and say hello.