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

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

June, 2014

"Craterellus tubaeformis" by Yev 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 has many common names: yellowfoot, winter mushroom, winder chanterelle, funnel chanterelle...

May, 2014

"Weathered morel" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: 18 May, 2014
ISO Speed:
Focal Length:
Flash Used:

Morchella elata.

March, 2014

"Hygrocybe punicea group" by Cass Fuentes

Best Photo
Date: February 28, 2010
ISO Speed: 122
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/3.1
Flash Used: No
These Hygrocybes were growing in a mix of mostly Bay Laurel and Oak, in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos. Being the first time I encountered the "Scarlet Waxy Cap", I was mesmerized by their beautiful color, and taking pictures of them started my path in mushroom photography.