Bug Week Photo Contest Accepting Entries

monarch butterfly on lilacUConn Extension, part of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR), is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Bug Week Photo Contest. Take your camera and find that special bug shot. All entries must be a photograph of a bug or insect in their natural habitat.

There are three categories – Junior Amateur (under 18 years old), Senior Amateur (18 years old or older) and Professional with prizes for first, second and third place. Submission deadline is August 7, 2020.

For entry guidelines and submission details go to https://bugs.uconn.edu/photo-contest, and if you have questions, please contact bugweek@uconn.edu.

Bug Week is an annual event for adults and youth to participate in educational outreach activities that showcase insects and their contributions to our environment. Bug Week is going virtual for 2020 and more details about our virtual programs are available at https://bugs.uconn.edu/.

Bugs are the unsung heroes of our ecosystem, providing services such as pollination and natural pest control. However, bugs don’t stop at environmental benefits. They have also impacted our culture through the manufacturing of silk, sources of dyes, wax and honey production, food sources, and the improvement of building materials and structures. There are also problem bugs, like the Emerald Ash Borer and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug that are a concern in Connecticut. Visit our website at http://www.bugs.uconn.edu for featured insects and resources.

UConn CAHNR Extension has more than 100 years’ experience strengthening communities in Connecticut and beyond. Extension programs address the full range of issues set forth in CAHNR’s strategic initiatives:

  • Ensuring a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate

Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.