2023 MAWDC Photo Contest

  • Deadline for Submissions: November 15th, 2023
  • Maximum of 5 Entries per member
  • Files should use JPEG format.
  • Rename images before submitting, using name and subject, e.g. “Joe Smith morel.jpg”
  • Email entries to Tom McCoy at

Photo Contest – Rules

Eligibility: The contest is open to ALL club members.

Use and copyright: MAWDC may use your photographs on the website or newsletter and, when we do, they will be accompanied by your name as photographer (mentioned on the same page or caption of the image).

Entry Divisions

Macro/Microscopic: For images taken via macrophotography or microscope photography.  Extra points for photos of lichens!

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.

Subject material

For Pictorial and Documentary, Documentary, organisms from the Myxomycota (slime molds) and the classes Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes of the Eumycota (“true fungi”) 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.

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