Wow. Thousands of amazing #MushroomRoadie images have been submitted, making it almost impossible for Louie and Paul to select a single winner for both Best Photo and Best Fungi Find.
Winners were chosen, but we have also begun the exciting challenge of creating a gallery we will unveil to our online audience later this week.
Thank you to all who submitted, and please know we’ve loved looking at every one!
“There were many stunning images to choose from, but this one stood out to me. It captures the simplicity of nature, but also the intricacy and delicacy. The colors are beautiful – it looks like the sun is rising on the mushroom. It is a lovely composition.” – Louie Schwartzberg
“My pick is this rare, blue mushroom. It’s a blue Arrhenia species and is quite rare and similar to one growing in Australia.” – Dr. Paul Stamets
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Did Paul Stamets actually say that?
“The rare, blue mushroom.”
Aside from its grammatical problems, the content is weird, too: blue mushrooms are not rare.
And then he says it’s an Arrhenia (it’s not). He says it’s similar to a species from Australia.
Which is true.
Because it is the one from Australia.
It’s Mycena interrupta.
I so want to read some answers to that comment !
You all should definitely do this again. Maybe have some kind of theme to it. I love the winner pics.
Thank you, Ryan! We’re so glad you liked it!
This was so much fun …except for this evening when I realized that I didn’t use the # correct, I entered my pics as #Mushroom Roadie instead of #MushroomRoadie …
Would love for you guys to have another contest!
Loved the pictures
What was the mushrooms name in the winning picture?
I was never to positively id that bolete, but I believe it was some type of Flame Bolete. It is the only one I’ve ever seen.
Each of the photos have their merits but Kathy’s photo is stunning! She must have put a lot of work into getting the right effect. It’s just beautiful!
When is your next contest?
Hmmm here’s this: Recognized by sight
Arrhenia chlorocyanea (Pat.)
gsharpnolack 57% (1) Eye3
Recognized by sight
Arrhenia chlorocyanea (Pat.) Redhead, Lutzoni, Moncalvo & Vilgalys
amanitarita 93% (3) Eyes3
Recognized by sight: a good year for these, apparently, all along the West Coast.
wintersbefore 28% (1)
Recognized by sight *** looks like what he said…
Didn’t know about this until just now. Love it. I follow Fungi Tasmania. Congratulations Charlie Price and the other winners
Didn’t now this was a camera page thought it was about mushroom’s and picking them maybe next time you should specifically tell people to break out their best camera and zoom llenses and we will have a photography class on the fantastic fungi page !!!!these people probably have never even eaten a wild mushroom !!!!some of us take this very serious and a way of life!!
…it was a photography contest.
Hi Howard. I have been a fungi enthusiast all of my life. I grow shitakes, king stroph and oysters. I have been foraging for many many years. I
I also happen to love photography. I took this shot with a 100mm macro lens, a wonderful tool to be sure, but not fancy and not a zoom. I just wanted you to know that I am a real person. Happy hunting!
Evidently, some people take it too seriously. Better luck next year.
I LOVE mushrooms and these photos are exquisite! Thanks for your contest and for sharing these photos with all of us. Let’s keep building interest in these amazing beings.
Ha! What a great community and conversation. From what we’ve witnessed (which evolved into creating this website) fungi touches EVERY aspect of our lives. Fungi has the unique ability to deeply impact each of our senses – via science, art, cuisine, exploration, and in ways too many to mention. Fungi invites investigation that is both significant and subtle, both playful and serious, and that includes simply appreciating its visual beauty. We have yet to come across a “wrong way” to appreciate fungi, have you?
As Christian said, this isn’t an Arrhenia, it’s Mycena interrupta. It’s a common species in Australia, and due to its blue color there are tons of photos of it on the internet.
Only seen three photos ! Charlie Price was my favorite !! Wish that I had entered some photos now !!! Good Competition !!!! 🙂
I’d like to see every photo with the common and scientific name.
Paul Stamets weighs in on the great debate: “I love these debates! I conferred with three other experts and without knowing the origin or having specimen in hand, for microscopic analysis, Mycena Interrupta is a very good choice.”
Hello , I am totally thrilled at being chosen as a winner. My little blue Mycena from Tasmania, Australia, has been very popular on many places it’s been posted. I’m a massive fungi enthusiast and have been out with a few mycologists learning more about different varieties. Thank you for the contest opportunity and hope you do it again :)”
Please. I have a spetacular picture of a rare mushroom, took in my home, in Brazil.
How I can send the picture to you to appreciate.
Please, send a email that accept picture.
Feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’d love to see it!
Will you be dong another photo contest soon? This looks like so much fun!
Kudos for your fungal appreciative site! There is certainly a place for jaw-dropping natural beauty as well as snitty taxonomic debates.
Blue mushrooms ARE rare and wonderful and compelling, as are certain blue flowers and blue foodstuffs. Stamet’s first hit on the blue Mycena may have been influenced by that curious reflection of gills down the stipe … creating a sort of pseudo-decurrent gill phenomenon, in which case, one of the indeed rare blue Arrhenias would have been a reasonable guess.
Some of we “Wise Elders” don’t always wear our glasses when viewing computer screens. We bad, and yet, so very very good. Life is never as simple as some wish to make t.
One can judge the merits of a photo without a perfect identification nor area of origin.
Good choices, for both here.