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  To celebrate UK Fungus Day 2020, we’ve devised a competition that allowed you guys to get creative! Whether it  be junk model mushrooms, sculpted toadstools or fungi made from the clothes in your wardrobe, we wanted you  to invent your own fantasy fungus using anything you can find in your home (or garden). Then just take a photo, tell us a bit about your fungus, and send it on over to us. We wanted you to leave those pencils, paints and paper on the shelf and think CREATIVE! Could you fashion a fantastic toadstool out of an old hat and an empty bottle? What about a beautiful coral fungus out of socks? With over 12,000 fungi in the UK to choose from there should be plenty to inspire you, especially with names like the ‘Octopus stinkhorn’, or King Alfred’s cakes’.

Your work would be judged by a specially chosen panel combined esteemed mycologists and fungi lovers. Professor Lynne Boddy is one of the UK’s most esteemed mycologists - a pioneer in the field of fungal decomposition (the recyclers!) who has many tv appearances to her name, not to mention over 250 papers she’s had published! Martin Bidartando is Professor of Molecular Ecology at Imperial College and an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is an expert on the symbioses between fungi and plant roots. Mariana Heilmann is an accomplished artist, with a particular interest in fungi as her chosen subject matter. And finally, Ali McKernan (aka The FUNgi Guy) who is an enthusiast for all things fungi, and a fungal artist in his own right.   Meet the Judges 

The competition was divided into three age categories:

The winners for the 2020 Fantasy Fungus Competition are below. Click on each to see a larger version.

  0 - 11 years 12 - 17 years 18+ (Big kids)
1st Bonnie Nicholson 1st prize 0-11 category.gif Chloe Beard 1st Prize 12 -18 category.gif Alicia Shearsby 1st Prize 18+ Category.gif
2nd Anthony Hamilton 2nd Prize 0-11 Category.gif Evelyn Weston 2nd Prize 12 -18 Category.gif Nick Davidson 2nd Prize 18+ Category.gif
3rd Eben Grant 3rd Prize 0-11 Category.gif John Forgie 3rd Prize 12 -18 Category.gif Carmen Peach 3rd Prize 18+ Category.gif
Notable Mentions Omar - Juniper House Notable Mention Category.gif Jenny Marshall - Notable Mention Category.gif