• Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2022
  • Maximum of 5 Entries per WPMC member
  • Submit high resolution JPEG files
  • Rename images before submitting, using name and subject, e.g., “Joe Smith morel.jpg”
  • Email entries to Sara Klingensmith at [email protected].
  • Indicate in your email the desired category for each photo.

WPMC Photo Contest – Rules

You must be a member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club in good standing to enter.  Club dues must be up to date.

Use and copyright: WPMC may use your photographs on the website, newsletter and Mushroom Catalog and when we do, they will always be accompanied by your name as photographer (mentioned on the same page or caption of the image). WPMC will not allow the use of your photographs on other websites, although realistically we cannot prevent this. We will not sell or provide the images to others without your permission and the images remain the property and under the copyright of you the photographer and are used under license by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.

Entry Divisions

Pictorial: This division is for single photos that illustrate the beauty and variety of fungi in form and color. The objective is a photo suitable for display or illustration in a fine book. Judging criteria include consideration of both technical (focus, depth of field, exposure, lighting, color, absence of distracting elements) and artistic (composition, color, background, lighting) aspects.

Documentary: For single photographs especially suited as illustrations in a field guide or monograph, or for use in a lecture. Emphasis is placed on portrayal of key morphological characteristics such that the usefulness of the image as an identification aid is maximized. Subjects may be shot in the field, laboratory or studio and the photographer has complete freedom to process, manipulate, or orient the specimen in any desired manner to achieve the goal. Close-ups of single features and photomicrographs are acceptable. Judging criteria will be the same as in the Pictorial category but they will be of secondary importance to the overall mycological utility of the photo. Accurate identification of the subject will be a consideration.

Judge’s Option: For photos which do not fit into the Pictorial or Documentary divisions. Examples include fungi in an interesting situation, fungi with animals, people enjoying fungi.

Mushrooms in Art: The new division is for single photos featuring original artwork that depicts fungi. Art entries must be family-friendly and fit one of three criteria:

  1. 2-D drawings and paintings: charcoal/pencil, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, ink, etc.
  2. 2-D mosaics or mushroom-themed arrangements. The view should be captured in one photo.
  3. Non-Animated Digital Art: photo manipulation, digital illustrations, and collages.

Judging will be based on the clarity of the image, as well as the creativity reflected in the artwork.

Subject material: Organisms from the Myxomycota (slime molds), the classes Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes of the Eumycota (“true fungi”), and Lichens are eligible.  For Judge’s Option, nearly anything goes, so long as the theme relates to fungi, and fungi are a key element of the photograph.

Last years winners can be found here.