Contest Directions: Photoshop this mushroom image any way you wish. Examples may include changing its shape, merging the mushroom with some other object or animal, including the mushroom in paintings. These are just some ideas.
You have 3 days to submit your entry. Submitting it early will give you plenty of time to read the critique comments and edit your image accordingly.
Many thanks to Lyina for the idea, and to Legley of Stock Exchange for providing the source image.
29 pictures
  • Mushroom Lotus

    Mushroom Lotus
  • Hey Sarg !..

    Hey Sarg !..
  • Mushroom Carousel

    Mushroom Carousel
  • Mushroom Legs

    Mushroom Legs
  • Mushroom Cyclop

    Mushroom Cyclop
  • Parachute

  • Timber !

    Timber !
  • Mushroom Umbrella

    Mushroom Umbrella
  • Baby Mushroom Turtle

    Baby Mushroom Turtle
  • Mushroom ring

    Mushroom ring
29 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Mushrooms (L. Fungi or Mycota) is a kingdom of live nature, encompassing eukaryote organisms which combines several features of plants and animals. Mushrooms are present in all biological niche-in water, land, and in air. They play important role by disintegrating all sorts of organic materials in bio-sphere, that's why many mushrooms are also happen to be dangerous vermin causing significant economic loss. Many mushrooms are parasites of plants and animals (including humans) which cause a range of dangerous deceases. Some types of mushrooms actively used by man in household and medical purposes. For a long time mushrooms are referred to plants because of mushroom's ability to unlimited growth, presence of cellular walls and inability to move. Due to the absence of chlorophyll, unlike plants mushrooms are deprived of ability to photosynthesize but possess heterotrophic type of feeding peculiar to the animals. Apart from this, mushrooms are not capable of phagocytosis like animals, but they absorb necessary elements through whole surface of their body (adsorbed feeding), for this they have very big outer surface which is not natural for animals. Animal's features besides heterotrophy are: absence of plastids, accumulation of glycogen as provision and presence of chitin in cellular wall (wanting in that cellulose, unlike plants). Generally accepted classification of mushrooms does not exist. That's why references given by authors in literature or other sources may significantly differ. Kingdom of mushrooms is classified into main branches depending upon their ability to breed. Importance of mushrooms in human's life Mushrooms as food: Edible mushrooms (russules, white mushrooms, milk mushrooms and others) after processing are used as food. In food manufacturing industry various leavenous cultures are used for manufacturing vinegar, alcohol and other spirits: wines, vodka, beer, kumys, kefir and in baking. Must cultures are used for making cheeses (Roquefort, camembert) and wines ( Xeres) Poisonous mushrooms basically are not used in food but some of them are used after decontamination (mainly by repeatedly decoction). But that decontamination does not always bring awaited result, because every thing depends upon dosage and variety of consumed toxins, and also man's weight, his individual perceptivity are considered. Medical application: Several types of mushrooms produce important substances (including antibiotics). Mushrooms and medications derived from mushrooms are applied in medicines. For example Oriental medicine uses whole mushrooms- reishi (hanoderma), shiitake, cordiceps and others; In legal medicines list we can find various medications - chaga, spurs; penicillus and other mushrooms are used in manufacturing antibiotics. Application in sacral purposes Some mushrooms contain psychoactive substances and possess hallucinating effect, hence ancient people used them in various ceremonies and beginnings, for instance, shamans in Siberia used toadstools. Medicines on the base of micromycets as pesticides Many mushrooms are able to interact with other organisms by means of their metabolites, or simply infecting them. Application of several such mushrooms in agricultural pesticides can be considered as possibility to control population of vermin in agriculture such as ascarid and other plant destroying mushrooms. As biopesticides , for instance, entomopathogenic mushrooms can be used.

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Contest Info

  • Started: 10/9/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 10/13/2007 06:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 29
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6

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