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 <>.

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

January, 2018

"Earth Star" by Tim Teske

Best Photo
Date: December 23, 2017
Camera: Apple iPhone X
ISO Speed: 40
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Flash Used: No

Found in Rancho San Antonio park along the Rogue Valley Trail.  Appeared shortly after a brief day of rain during an unusually dry season.

California Mushrooms-  page 460

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast- page 533

September, 2017

"Amanita muscaria" by Ron Bader

Best Photo
Date: September 01, 2017
Camera: Apple iPhone 4
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Flash Used: No

I took this photo in Sterling Alaska while on the FFSC foray at Bill White's Alaska Sports lodge.on Sept. 1, 2017.

August, 2017

"Scarlet Waxy Cap" by Jim Kern

Best Photo
Date: August 19, 2017
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure: 0.08 sec
Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Flash Used: No
Scarlet waxy cap. Photo taken August 18, 2017. 
Mesick, Michigan. 
By: James Kern
Read up on Waxy Caps from a previous Mushroom of the Month on Waxy Caps

March, 2017

"The Turkey Tail" by Meryl Wilsker

Best Photo
ISO Speed:
Focal Length:
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Found at Rancho San Antonio Park in Los Altos, California.  This particular Turkey Tail was approximately  6-7 inches across sitting on the very top of a tree stump/log with smaller Turkey Tails up and down the trunk...

February, 2017

"Mushy Acorn" by Anisa Etemadi

Best Photo
Date: December 11, 2016
Camera: Apple iPhone 6s
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Flash Used: No

This acorn was found under a decomposing log in the Santa Cruz mountains. The photo was taken by Anisa Etemadi and the acorn was found by Zac Vavoulis.

We believe they are hymenoscyphus fructigenus, a saprobic mushroom found on only certain nuts!