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

April, 2015

"Cookeina Kuntze sprouting from forest litter in Quintana Roo, Mexico" by Yev Nyden

Best Photo
Date: November 26, 2014
Camera: Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO Speed: 500
Exposure: 0.50 sec
Focal Length: 97 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Flash Used: No

Thank you Yev Nyden for contributing this exotic find from Quintana Roo, Mexico.  He says he stumbled upon this peculiar looking mushroom while hiking Nohoch Mul temple in Coba...

March, 2015

"Mushroom Cloud Over Silicon Valley" by Dan Turkus

Best Photo
Date: March 01, 2015
Camera: SAMSUNG SCH-I545
ISO Speed: 50
Exposure: 0.00 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Flash Used: No

I was out in the hills of Los Gatos looking for mushrooms and saw this mushroom cloud over the Silicon Valley. I took out my phone and took a picture of the only mushroom I found on that day, March 9, 2015.



February, 2015

"Candy Cap with Newt" by Linda Maxwell

Best Photo
Date: December 17, 2014
Camera: Canon Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
ISO Speed: 640
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Flash Used: No

Thanks for sharing this photo, Linda.  We also loved your Newt-Free Candy Cap cookies at the January General Meeting! 

January, 2015

"Gomphidius in the Rain" by Jim Austin

Best Photo
Date: December 06, 2014
ISO Speed: 1000
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 48 mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Flash Used: No

January, 2015

"Strobilurus trullisatus" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
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Strobilurus trullisatus forms colonies on old Douglas fir cones.  Thank you Hugh for this lovely photograph!