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 <>.

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 Photos Of the Month

December, 2022

"If you have a better photo, why don't you submit it for Photo Of the Month?" by Fungibartl

Best Photo
Date: December 04, 2022
Camera: Apple iPhone 12 mini
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/1.6
Flash Used: No

October, 2022

"Avoid the Forest After Dark" by Dan Tischler

Best Photo
Date: January 19, 2022
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Flash Used: Yes
With Halloween just around the corner, be extra careful when you go into the forest at night.

December, 2021

"TriCini" by Paul Lazazzera

Best Photo
Date: April 08, 2018
Camera: samsung SM-G935T
ISO Speed: 50
Exposure: 0.00 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/1.7
Flash Used: No

I (Paul Lazazzera) took this photo on April 8th 2018 in Watsonville California among some pine trees. I call this image TriCini for obvious reasons and it is to this date the most unique specimen of this species I have found. I harvested it to eat and gain its special powers! I hope you enjoy it as well.

December, 2019

""Mushroom Flower"" by Alex Russakovsky

Best Photo
ISO Speed:
Focal Length:
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On a yearly trip to the Mendonoma coast that we always dedicate to the memory of Ryane Snow. Spent some days under pouring rain hunting for edibles, however not much to report. About 200 chanterelles (3 different varieties), 15 matsutake, 20 honeys, a couple of pigs' ears.

November, 2019

"I took a Walk" by Kaye Peyron

Best Photo
Date: March 01, 2019
Camera: Canon Canon EOS 60D
ISO Speed: 1000
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 85 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Flash Used: No
Date:  March 1, 2019,
Helvella Lacunosa
Found in Watsonville, CA. During this time of year it was rainy and cold. At first we almost missed it because it was under all these leaves. We did not collect this baby elfin for it needed more time to grow before consideration of collecting.