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

August, 2013

"Leccinum Aurantiacum" by Katherine Elvin

Best Photo
Date: August 17, 2013
Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P510
ISO Speed: 110
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/3.0
Flash Used: No

Leccinum aurantiacum, is a species of fungus in the genus Leccinum. It is found in forests of Europe, North America and Asia and has a large, characteristically red-capped fruiting body...

May, 2013

"Morel, the Magnificent Morel" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: May 22, 2013
Camera: Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 5.00 sec
Focal Length: 18 mm
Aperture: f/13.0
Flash Used: No

This was one of only a few of this type of Morel that I found on this foray. I was in Lassen National Forest. It was a time when the State had no money to open all of the Campgrounds. It was actually very late in the season for Morels, but there's always something to find. Morels in the Sierras like disturbed areas as well as burns.

I went on a weekday. No one had begun to clean up the campgrounds where I was and so it was a successful hunt...

April, 2013

"Lycoperdon perlatum" by Alan Rockefeller

Best Photo
Date: July 01, 2012
Camera: Canon Canon EOS 60D
ISO Speed: 640
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/14.0
Flash Used: Yes

February, 2013

"Alone by the log..." by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: January 26, 2013
Camera: Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 8.00 sec
Focal Length: 18 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Flash Used: No

January, 2013

"Winter Chanterelles bunch" by Yevgeny Nyden

Best Photo
Date: January 26, 2013
Camera: Panasonic DMC-GX1
ISO Speed: 1600
Exposure: 0.10 sec
Focal Length: 14 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Flash Used: No

Craterellus tubaeformis is an edible fungus, also known as Yellowfoot, winter mushroom, or Funnel Chanterelle (Wikipedia).

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