Join our Photography Contest and win cash prizes! 


ALL AGES Best of Show $200 | ALL AGES Best Mushroom $100 | STUDENT BEST OF SHOW $100 | STUDENT BEST MUSHROOM $50

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2022 Best in Show

2022 Winners
  • All Ages Amateur Best of Show "Halloween Morning" Winner Melanie Kelly
  • All Ages Amateur Best Mushroom "Jack of Lanterns" by Judd Horton
  • All Ages Amateur 1st Place "Ophelia" by Melissa Chase 
  • All Ages Amateur 2nd Place "Half a Wish Left" by Raelene Dalton
  • Student Amateur Best of Show "Pride and Joy" by MJ Monroe
  • Student Amateur Best Mushroom "Golden Suede" by Taryn Farnsworth
  • Student Amateur 1st Place "Lazy Day" by Ava Pulliam
  • Student Amateur 2nd Place "Make the Break" by Eesha Reddy

  • Eligibility: Photographers who are non-professionals are eligible. An amateur photographer is one who is not a professional and does not engage in the selling of photographs taken by said person.
  • Ages:
    • Student Amateur – 12th Grade and Below
    • All Ages Amateur
      • Students may enter either the All Ages Amateur OR the Student Amateur Contest, HOWEVER, adults may NOT enter the Student Amateur Contest.
  • Cost: $5 per entry (one form of payment is ok for all entries)
  • Contest Rules:
    1. Entries must be postmarked or delivered to our office by 5 pm, Friday, October 7th, 2022.
    2. Contestants may enter as many categories as they want with NO limit on number per category.
    3. No residency restriction for contestants. Photographs must be the work of the contestant.
    4. Transparencies will not be accepted.
    5. No signed or dated photographs accepted.
    6. Photographs must be submitted as full 8”x10”, unmounted, unframed and with NO BORDER.
    7. Place a label or write on the back of your photo, in the top right corner, the following information:
      1. Name of Photographer – Category – Title of Photo
    8. If there is doubt as to how to display – place an arrow on the back, pointing to the top of the photo.
    9. Each photo entered must include a completed and entry blank attached to the back of the photo. Type/print clearly. (Download Below).
    10. Photographs should be suitable for family viewing and the Photography Committee reserves the right to refuse entries. Hint: Judges are NOT in favor of edited photos (Photoshop, etc.) therefore, it is not recommended.
    11. Photographers present on the day of the show may pick up their photos immediately after the presentation of awards.
    12. No Photos Will Be Returned and will be the property of the Texas Mushroom festival Photography Group if arrangements are not made for pick up.
    13. Any violation of the contest rules will result in disqualification. NO REFUND.
  • Contest Format:
    1. Photography entries will be judged in a private session.
    2. Grand Prize Winners will be notified prior to the show. Be sure to neatly write email address and phone number for notification.
    3. Winners will be notified by email and/or phone and their photos will be posted on the Texas Mushroom Festival website.
    4. Winner presentation will be at 3:00 P.M. on the day of the festival.
  • Awards:
    • All Ages Amateur Best of Show – $200
    • All Ages Amateur Best Mushroom(s) – $100
    • All Ages Amateur 1st Place – $25
    • All Ages Amateur 2nd Place – $15
    • Student Amateur Best of Show – $100
    • Student Amateur Best Mushroom(s) – $50
    • Student Amateur 1st Place – $20
    • Student Amateur 2nd Place – $15