Celebrating the ‘bumblebees of Kent’ through our Making a Buzz for the Coast photography competition!

Are you a budding photographer? Are you inspired by the charismatic bumblebee? Then the Making a Buzz for the Coast photography competition is for you!

We are seeking to celebrate the diversity of Kent’s bumblebees through your eyes and what better way than to invite you to photograph Kent’s bumblebees! From children to adults, amateur or professional we would love to receive your best ‘buzzing’ bumblebee photograph.

The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful photographs that show bumblebees in Kent. All photos will be considered using cameras, mobile phones or devices. Aim for a ‘natural’ shot avoiding filtering and editing. Remember to adopt wildlife best practice, by taking your photos responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code.

The photography competition will be judged by a panel, chaired by Steven Falk, photographer and author of ‘Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland’. Photographs will be judged on composition, technical ability, originality and public appeal.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £100 and be featured in our Member magazine in November, displayed at our AGM, social media channels and marketing material.

Moss carder bee (Bombus muscorum)

How to enter

Send one image per entrant by email to photocomp@bumblebeeconservation.org. The file size should not exceed 10MB.

Please include photo location and your full name. Please see the full Terms and Conditions below for entry specification.

Closing date: 23.59 BST Friday 14 September 2018.


Terms & Conditions

The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Employees of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, as well as their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

Entrants under the age of 18 need the verifiable consent of a parent or guardian to enter. Please see full terms and conditions for how to enter.

Full terms and conditions can be found below.

Brown-banded bees (Bombus humilis)


Bumblebee Conservation Trust Terms & Conditions: Making a Buzz for the Coast Photography Competition 2018

 The theme is of the Making a Buzz for the Coast Photography Competition is “Kent’s beautiful bumblebees”. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful photographs that show bumblebees in Kent. The Jury’s decision as to the eligibility of individual photographs will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

To Enter: Send in one photo per entrant of a photo taken in Kent of a bumblebee in JPEG format. Please include the photo location and full name. Photos should be ‘natural’ and not filtered or edited to enhance original image. You can crop the image to improve composition. The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.

Entries should be sent by email to: photocomp@bumblebeeconservation.org

This prize draw is open to residents of the UK (including under 18’s*), excluding employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and all those professionally associated with this Competition. *Entrants under the age of 18 need the verifiable consent of a parent or guardian to enter via email to include the parent/guardian details. Including the under 18’s age is optional.

Promotion Period: Entry opens at 12.00 Midday BST on Thursday 5 July 2018. The competition closes at 23:59 BST on Friday 14 September 2018.

Best practice: it is the entrants responsibility to ensure the bees welfare while photographing are adopted first and foremost. No bees should be disturbed, netted or contained unnecessarily. Please adopt wildlife photography best practice. Please take your photos responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code. You can find more information here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code

Entrants received throughout the duration of the photography competition may be used on the making a Buzz for the Coast project and Bumblebee Conservation Trust Instagram and Twitter social media accounts to highlight the competition and raise awareness.

The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).

All entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period to be valid and no liability is accepted for illegible, incomplete or late entries.

Only one entry per person is permitted via email. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

The Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of £100.

Winner Selection: The winner will be chosen by a jury chaired by Steven Falk photographer and author of Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland.

  • All photographs will be judged on the following criteria
  • Composition
  • Technical ability
  • Originality
  • Public appeal

Winner notification: The winner will be notified via email within 14 working days after the Competition closing date and will be required to respond to confirm eligibility plus acceptance of the prize within 14 days of initial contact (1st day of initial contact counts as day one). Those not contactable via reasonable means within this time frame (by the 15th day) will be disqualified and an alternative winning entrant will be awarded the prize on the same basis as described above. The winner will be asked for their preferred delivery address, for the sole purpose of sending them the prize by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

We have organised this Competition in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the cash prize draw or the prize offered.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and a prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust reserves the right at its sole discretion to eliminate or disqualify any entries or entrants that it regards as being in breach of these conditions or the spirit of the Competition.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust accepts no responsibility for system errors or other issues that may result in disruption to lost or delayed winner notifications.

Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for their marketing purposes without your prior consent and will adhere to the new GDPR rules introduced on 25 May 2018.

All entries must be made by the entrant themselves if they are over 18. Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

The winner’s name will be made available on request within three weeks of the winner being announced.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. Where an individual or a residential property, belonging to someone other than the photographer are featured, the photographer must seek permission and be prepared to provide written consent, when requested by the BBCT. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.

We are looking for original photographs, so entries must not have won any national or international competition prize previously. For the purposes of this competition, ‘national’ refers to the whole of the UK – or to individual national competitions in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the BBCT. By entering the competition all entrants grant to the BBCT the right to publish and exhibit their photographs on television, social media, marketing material and the BBCT’s website in perpetuity.

By entering this Competition, you agree to Bumblebee Conservation Trust using your personal details to process your entry to the Competition and use your data according to Bumblebee Conservation Trust privacy policy. You can view our privacy policy statement at https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/privacypolicy

All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them.

These terms and conditions are governed by the law of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

The BBCT reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter of this Competition is Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

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