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Win a beehive!

Join the Buzz for Bees with a prize-winning poster!

We’re worried about honey bees. Their numbers are falling dramatically and scientists are trying to find out why. We need bees to pollinate flowers and crops. No bees, and something like a third of the food we eat would be gone. This is serious and you can help by alerting people about the danger to bees with a poster backing the Save the Bees campaign. This environmental campaign is set up by Barnes & Webb who are urban beekeepers and The Loop is joining in with an important competition to find the most catchy, striking and engaging poster to save our bees. 

Competition ends 15th of September 2014

How to enter

Get your minds buzzing and send us your entries as soon as you can. You can enter either as a class or individually but you must be 14 years old or younger.

Download the official entry form here:

5 Top Tips

Anthony Burrill, the leading graphic artist and printmaker will be be judging the contest. Here are some tips from Anthony for an effective poster.

→ Draw your poster using two colours: Black and Yellow (the colours of a bee). Use pens, pencils or paints, you choose.

→ Include the words: SAVE THE BEES

→ Use an A4 piece of paper for your drawing – posters are normally tall and thin, so design yours that way too.

→ Make it as bold and simple as you can – a good idea is to stick your drawing to the wall then go to the other side of the room to see if it stands out when you look at it.

→ Think about a clever design that includes the words SAVE THE BEES and something else about bees; it could be a honeycomb shape, a drawing of a bee or a piece of toast with honey spread on it – delicious!


The winning entries will receive the following exciting prizes: 

1st Prize

→ A Barnes & Webb bee adoption package worth £500. The adopted hive will be based in London, housing 60,000 bees. You or your school class will receive London Postcode Honey, quarterly newsletters with updates on your adopted bees, packs of bee-friendly wildflower seeds to plant in your school garden, and you, your class and school name displayed on a plaque on the hive. A visit to your adoptive hive will be possible upon arrangement.

→ Your poster professionally printed and framed

→ Your poster printed in Issue 07 of The Loop

→ A one year subscription to The Loop magazine

→ Save the Bees gift pack

5 Runners-up

→ A one year subscription to The Loop magazine

→ Save the Bees gift pack

→ Your poster printed in Issue 07 of 
The Loop 

Terms & Conditions

1. One entry per person.  Please note, if entering as a class you can send either one joint entry or each class member can enter individually.

2. Postal entries for the Save The Bees competition should be sent with your original poster artwork, official entry form (available at and your name, email address and postal address to The Loop, Studio 307, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL.  If entering as a class, all entries should be sent together in one package along with the official entry form, teachers name, email address and school name and address.  

3. Competitions are open to all UK residents except employees of The Loop, the companies or organisations with whom the competition or offer is being run, their agents or anyone directly connected with the promotion.

4. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed, mislaid or damaged in the post or offered for delivery insufficiently stamped.

5. Proof of delivery will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

6. The 1st prize includes: Your poster professionally printed and framed (the framed poster will be delivered to the winner within 6 weeks of the competition closing date).  Your poster artwork printed in issue 7 of the Loop.  A one year subscription to The Loop.  A Save the Bees gift pack.  The Barnes & Webb 'Willow' bee adoption package (worth £500) where you or your school will adopt a bee hive housing 60,000 bees. The adopted hive will be based in London.  The adoption period is for 1 year only during which time your name/school name will be placed on a plaque on the hive.  You will also receive a quarterly newsletter with updates on your adopted bees, packs of bee-friendly wildflower seeds to plant in your garden and 8 jars of London Postcode honey produced by your adopted bees! The 1st prize winner will be entitled to visit their adoptive hive if they wish.  This can be arranged separately by contacting Barnes and Webb directly (  Please note the prize does not include travel to and from the hive, just the opportunity to arrange a visit.  Visiting a beehive, by it's very nature means that you may come into contact with bees, and it must be noted that they can occasionally sting.  Visits to the hive will be taken at your own risk.  Barnes and Webb, The Loop, or the venue housing the hive cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur during your visit.  

7. The 5 runner up prize winners will receive: A one year subscription to The Loop.  A Save The Bees gift pack.  Your winning poster artwork printed in Issue 07 of The Loop.

8. Prize is not transferrable/refundable and cannot be exchanged.

9. Prizes are as stated only and no cash alternatives will be given.  However the promoter/s have the full and free right to alter arrangements or prizes should the circumstances change.

10. The decision for the winning entries will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. All entries and copyright in them automatically become the property of The Loop and Barnes & Webb.  We regret that the original poster artwork cannot be returned after the competition.  

12. All entrants to competitions and offers are deemed to have accepted these rules and agreed to be bound by them and agree to co-operate in any publicity that may arise.

13. The closing date for receipt of entries is as stated in the magazine and online.  The winner(s) will be notified by email or post within two weeks of the closing date.

14. By providing your email address and entering the competition you agree to receive relevant email communications from The Loop and Barnes & Webb including news, events, offers and competitions.

15. Promoter: The Loop, Studio 307, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL