Celebrating the winning photo from the ‘bumblebees of Kent’ photography competition

In July, our Making a Buzz for the Coast project launched their first photography competition, seeking to celebrate the diversity of Kent’s bumblebees.

Open to adults, children, amateurs and professionals, the aim was to capture natural shots of bumblebees in Kent, without editing or filtering, following wildlife best practice. The competition was judged by a panel, chaired by Steven Falk, photographer and author of ‘Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland’ on composition, technical ability, and originality.

We had a fantastic response to the competition and are delighted to announce Emma Smith has been chosen for her winning entry of a male Moss carder bee (Bombus muscorum) taken at St Peters Graveyard, Broadstairs in Thanet Kent. Steven Falk said, “A lovely portrait of a male Moss carder bumblebee – not always easy to capture the distinctiveness of this scarce species but Emma has done it well and cropped the image sensibly so that everything is clearer”.

Emma Smith’s winning photo of a male Moss carder bee.

Emma will be presented with her cash prize and a framed print of her winning entry at a volunteers celebration event hosted by the Making a Buzz for the Coast project team later this year.

We would like to thank all entrants for their photos and making the competition a great success and look forward to sharing some of these images with you. If you would like further information on the Making a Buzz for the Coast project, click here.

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