2022 Pollinator Photography Competition Winners

Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and honourable mentions of this year's competition.

Open Winner

Leafcutter bee on Darling Pea
Erica Siegel

Open Runner-Up

Gliding on Fire
Melanie Hampel

Open People's Choice

Red Hot Poker
Rikki McTavish

Open Honourable Mentions

Formation Foragers by Bruce Malcolm

Red Hot Poker by Rikki McTavish

Tricked by Robert Geraghty

Key to Life  by Craig Loechel

Covered in Pollen, by Mark Smith

Leafcutter Bee, by Michael Eleveld

Thirsty, by Bruce Malcolm

Pollen extravaganza, by Bruce Malcolm

Blue Banded Bee, by Merrick Bailey

Harlequin Bug in Home Garden by Michael Eleveld

Blue Banded Bee, by Sputnik

Searching, by Bruce Malcolm

Cuckoo Bee, by Jane Frost

Secondary School Winner

Bee collecting pollen
Hannah Connolly
St Andrews Christian College

Secondary School Honourable Mention

Bee collecting pollen
Hannah Connolly
St Andrews Christian College

Primary School Winner

Buzzing Around
Tayla Rickertt
Frenchville State School

Primary School Honourable Mention

Beautiful Cairns Birdwing butterfly
Rory Glen
Townsville Grammar School

People’s Choice Award

The competition is now closed.
While the official judging is under way, here’s your chance to vote for your favourite pollinator photography for 2022.

The 2022 Pollinator Photography Competition is encouraging everyone to get out and capture bees and other pollinators in their local environment, whether it’s in an urban garden, on a nature strip or on a remote farm.

The 2022 Pollinator Photography Competition is proudly supported by the Wheen Bee Foundation and Rotarians for Bees, and sponsored by IWooHoo Beekeeping Supplies and Beechworth Honey.

The competition will award prizes to the best pictures of bees and other pollinators taken in Australia as judged by the APW Pollinator Photography Competition Judging Panel.



First prize: $1,500
Runner-up: $500

Sponsored by IWooHoo Beekeeping Supplies.


There’s a separate category for students, with the best picture from a secondary school student and a primary school student each receiving $500 for their school.

Secondary School student prize: $500 for their nominated school.

Primary School Student prize: $500 for their nominated school.


Submissions open on 1 October and will be accepted until Thursday 10 November 2022.

Winners Announcement

Winners will be announced at the Discover Bees Through Photography webinar on 15 November 2022. The webinar starts at 7.30pm.

Winners will be published on the Australian Pollinator Week website by 9pm on 15 November 2022.

Winners will be contacted by the Wheen Bee Foundation to receive their prize.

Please see full terms and conditions below.

How to enter:

Competition now closed.

The winners of the 2022 Pollinator Photography Competition will be announced at the Discover Bees through Photography webinar on Tuesday 15 November at 7.30pm.

To register, visit https://www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au/event/discover-bees-through-photography/

Winners will also be announced on WBF social media … stay tuned to WBF on Facebook and Instagram

Please complete the required fields below and upload your photo entry. You can enter multiple times, but only 1 photo per entry is allowed.

2022 Pollinator Photography Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. The competition is run by Wheen Bee Foundation (ABN 84 139 073 082), 96 Harbours Rd Yendon Victoria 3352, Australia.
  2. Employees of the Wheen Bee Foundation including staff and freelance contributors, are not permitted to enter.
  3. Each photographer retains copyright of his or her images, and proper credit lines will be attributed to each photographer when used in any publicity of Australian Pollinator Week, Wheen Bee Foundation or partners and sponsors Rotarians for Bees, Beechworth Honey and IWoohoo.
  4. The entrant authorises Wheen Bee Foundation and competition sponsors Rotarians for Bees, Beechworth Honey or IWoohoo to display, print, and distribute in any manner any photographs entered in this competition to conduct and promote the competition.
  5. To win the competition and be eligible to receive a prize, you must be an Australian citizen or current Australian resident. Prizes will only be delivered within Australia.
  6. The entrant must be the copyright owner of any images he/she enters into the competition.
  7. Any post-production and editing must be the work of the entrant.
  8. The entrant is responsible for obtaining all relevant model and/or property releases.
  9. The entrant indemnifies Wheen Bee Foundation against any claim, legal or otherwise, that may arise out of publication of the image.
  10. By entering the photograph into this competition the entrant guarantees to Wheen Bee Foundation that the above entry requirements have been met.
  11. This is not a game of chance.
  12. The winner of the competition will be selected by the judging panel as appointed by Wheen Bee Foundation The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  13. The prize cannot be bartered and is not redeemable for any alternative.