NBSPOTY 2019 has now ended!

#nbspoty 2019 has now ended, the votes have been counted and we are delighted to announce the winning images. But just before you scroll down, thank you! We could never have predicted the wonderful and heart-warming response we’ve had to the competition, and that is a true reflection of the fantastic community we are proud to serve. The standard of images submitted went far beyond our expectations – so much so that we have a very special announcement at the bottom of the page!

nbspoty photography competition winner

And the winner is…

We are delighted to announce the overall winner of #nbspoty 2019, and taking the grand prize, is “Night Out With The LAADDZZZ” by Steven Bailey.

When we first saw this image, we simply had to gather a crowd in the office! Not only are the colours, composition and definition extraordinary, but the ‘cowboy’ style pose really took our breath away. It’s almost as if this fuzzy quick shooter is ready to draw its pollen pistols! We also love the unique view of the flower, providing a real glimpse at life from a bees-eye-view.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. Bailey, who will be taking home the grand prize of a weekend stay at Lewtrenchard Manor, along with an NBS goody bag and tour of our Okehampton HQ.

Our 2019 Category Winners

Below are the winners from our 12 categories – chosen by public vote. These images gained the most votes for their respective categories, and each photographer will receive a beautifully-illustrated copy of “The Complete Guide to Beekeeping” by Jeremy Evans. With over 1000 images submitted and 2500 votes cast, our category winners have done extremely well to come out on top – congratulations! Click the images to expand and discover more.


We’re overwintering the competition ready for release in the New Year!

The Bar is Set

Due to the fantastic response to this year’s competition, we are excited to announce that we will be launching #nbspoty2020 in the new year. Keep your eyes on our website, blog and social media over the coming months for all the details.

For now, enjoy all the images from this year – we won’t remove them from the category pages.

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who made #nbspoty a fantastic success this year, and look forward to welcoming photographers and beekeepers, new & old, to #nbspoty2020.

Enter NBSPOTY2020

Created by the NBS Colony

Thank you. We were genuinely blown away by the quality of photographs entered into #nbspoty, which made our job of choosing a winner near-impossible! It was so difficult, in fact, that we have decided to showcase some of the runners-up in our first ever National Bee Supplies Calendar.

Each and every image we’ve included was worthy of the crown, and we hope that you enjoy admiring the tiny details and breath-taking beauty as they take pride of place in your home! Better yet, we are proud to donate £1 from every calendar sold to the BBKA (British Beekeepers Association) to help contribute towards their vital work.

You can purchase your calendar by clicking here. Why not gift one to the special beekeeper in your life? A truly thoughtful gift, which keeps giving every month through the vouchers contained inside.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”