Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Ironweed
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Ironweed
Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly feeding on ironweed.

Thank you to all of the people who submitted entries into the EIC's 2021 Pollinator Photo Contest! A total of 147 photos were submitted for consideration. These included pictures of pollinators from throughout Michigan, other states, such as Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Georgia, and even other countries, including Chile. 

Center staff reviewed and discussed the merits of each photo. After several rounds of deliberations, winners were selected in each of three contest categories. 

Our three award winning photos are:

  • Pollinators Up CloseIn the Lily’s Heart submitted by Yi Guo
  • Pollinator-Flower InteractionsAt Work submitted by Jonathan Maurice
  • Pollinator LandscapesThe Pollinator Garden at Tomlinson Arboretum submitted by Barb Baldinger

Each winner will receive a bottle of maple syrup made from the campus sugar maple forest. Congratulations!

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has been certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate by the Xerces Society since 2019 for its efforts to promote pollinator education and conservation.  

2021 Photo Contest Guidelines

Learn more details about the contest.

Photo Categories

Your pollinator photos may be submitted in one of three categories

  • Pollinators Up-Close - photos that show the fine-detailed features of pollinators, such as their colors or anatomical features 
  • Pollinator-Flower Interactions - photos that show pollinators feeding on, flying near, or resting on flowers
  • Pollinator Landscapes - photos that highlight the beauty of pollinator-friendly flowering plants in gardens, parks, and other outdoor settings
Contest Rules, Instructions, and Prizes
  • Each contestant may submit up to a maximum of 5 photos. Note that each photo must be submitted with a separate entry form.
  • Photos must be in jpg or png format.
  • Photo entries will be accepted from July 1 to September 30, 2021.
  • EIC staff will judge photos based on subject matter, composition, and aesthetics.
  • Contest winners in each photo category will be notified by no later than October 31, 2021.
  • Winning entrants will receive a bottle of EIC maple syrup and their photos will be displayed on the EIC website.
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