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

December, 2014

"Red Russula" by Justin Ciccone

Best Photo
Date: November 19, 2014
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 35 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Flash Used: Yes

This beautiful Russula was photographed by Justin Ciccone during a nice rainy hike at Nisene Marks park on November 19, 2014. Happy Holidays!

November, 2014

"Coprinopsis lagopus group" by Terry Way

Best Photo
Date: September 29, 2014
Camera: Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO Speed: 10000
Exposure: 0.00 sec
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Flash Used: No

This beautiful mushroom was found in Terry's backyard. Phil Carpenter pegs it as being in the Coprinopsis lagopus group. One of the Inky Caps, this exquisite and evanescent member of the Psathyrellaceae family is a feast for the eyes. Not for the table, though: this tiny mushroom is considered inedible.

Terry Way Photography 

November, 2014

"Polyporus arcularius photographed by Cathy Welch" by cortinarius

Best Photo
Date: July 27, 2012
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.7
Flash Used: No

This photo comes to us from Kathy Welch who snapped this image while lying under the branch.  She says it (Polyporus arcularius) was growing near a monistary in Tibet... a magical place!

Thank you Kathy

October, 2014

"Golden Pholiota " by Steve Olson

Best Photo
Date: September 19, 2014
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 7 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Flash Used: No

Steve Olson, the photographer says: "I found 2 separate fruitings of this "unknown to me" variety. I feel like I should know what this is but can't come up with it. I'll be bummed if it happens to be a tasty edible!" 

Phil says,  "It's a Pholiota, in the aurivella group."  

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora says that as far as eating goes, it is to be avoided.

July, 2014

"Birch Boletes in July!" by Steve Olson

Best Photo
Date: July 20, 2014
Camera: Apple iPhone 5
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.4
Flash Used: No
Found these little Birch Boletes in a neighbors wooded yard. I would love to pick and dry these little fellas but not sure if they've been spayed, fertilized, etc. Too bad……they look delicious!
Found in San Carlos
July 20, 2014
Sadly only had my iPhone camera