The Mycological Society of America Student and Postdoc Section (MSA–SPS) is excited to announce our Photo Contest open to ALL members of the MSA–SPS community (students, post-docs, professors, and fungal enthusiasts).  

Goal: The winning photos will be featured on MSA-SPS Newsletter’s front page and social media posts. The goal is to share our passion for the Fungal Kingdom and increase science communication among the MSA–SPS community and the general public. 

Theme: Expanding networks

Submissions: Open from  March 1st to March 31st, 2024. Submit your photos using this Google Form.

Winners will be announced at the end of April 2024

Award: $50 or the equivalent value on MSA merchandise of your choice! The winning photos will additionally be shared with the MSA–SPS community.

Rules and expectations for the competition:

  1. Requirements
  • Open to fungal enthusiasts. It is not required to be a member of MSA
  • The photo must be an original work from the person who submits it and be inspired in mycology. 
  • Photos should not be modified by Photoshop. 
  • Please upload your photo in high-resolution and JPEG format.
  • The recommended dimensions for the photo are 1:1, 4:5 or 16:9.
  • A maximum of 2 photos can be submitted per person.
  1. Method of entry
  • Photos should be submitted here
  • Name the file  using the follow format:  YourName_PhotoTitle_#of photo (1 or 2)
  • Tell us about your photo. Please include a small description during submission, where and when was it taken? Can you identify the fungus or fungi in the picture?
  1. Selection of winners 
  • Two winning photographs will be defined by the MSA-SPS board.
  • The winners will be announced at the end of April 2024

All entries and rights to the photography remain the property of the participant unless a separate written transfer and payment for the original have been negotiated. Still, we have the right to use the image for social media posts and inclusion on the front page of the MSA-SPS newsletter, as stated above. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our communications chair: Diana Vargas at