Best Photo of the Month

We know many of you are out in the field, camera in hand, taking beautiful, interesting, awe-inspiring or just plain quirky images. They may be coffee-table-book-beautiful, show a field guide level of detail, or convey the sheer joy of mushrooming. Let’s share them! Enter your choice pics in the Fungus Federation’s Photo of the Month contest. Winning images (editor’s choice) will be posted on the FFSC website and may be used in a FFSC publication. Your images will not be used for commercial purposes.

Submitting Images

We will source images from those submitted on the FFSC Google Group as well as individually submitted images. Images can be submitted via email to bestphoto@@ffsc.us.

Technical Criteria

Please send an image that does not have EXIF metadata stripped off or just full-sized original image if you are unsure. Acceptable formats: anything but RAW files.

Information Required

  • Photographer’s name
  • Title for image, if any
  • Optional: Date, Latin Binomial
  • Give us few words about the collection if you’d like. Rough location, habitat, did you leave them in the field or bring home? If edible, how did you prepare them?

Past Best Photos of the Month

May, 2014

"Weathered morel" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: 18 May, 2014
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Morchella elata.

March, 2014

"Hygrocybe punicea group" by Cass Fuentes

Best Photo
Date: February 28, 2010
Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S220
ISO Speed: 122
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/3.1
Flash Used: No
These Hygrocybes were growing in a mix of mostly Bay Laurel and Oak, in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos. Being the first time I encountered the "Scarlet Waxy Cap", I was mesmerized by their beautiful color, and taking pictures of them started my path in mushroom photography.

February, 2014

"A Little Buggy" by Karen Hilker

Best Photo
Date: July 08, 2011
Camera: Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS
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Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/2.7
Flash Used: No
During a walk in the Sierra, I snapped some pictures of a light tan blob on a charred tree...

January, 2014

"So long without rain..." by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: 05 January, 2014
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So long without rain
Mushrooms poking their heads up
Soon become crispy!

This has been the driest year on record for Santa Cruz, having received only 1.3 inches so far this season of our average 11 inches to date...

December, 2013

"Baby oyster mushrooms" by Steve Olejniczak

Best Photo
Date: November 02, 2013
Camera: OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD C4100Z,C4000Z
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 7 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Flash Used: Yes
Found these cute baby Oyster mushrooms in the Santa Cruz Mts. on Nov. 3rd, 2013. I used my old Olympus C4000.

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