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2023 Appalachia NAMA Foray Logo Contest

NAMA Visual Arts Contest 2022NAMA's big annual foray is happening August 24-27, 2023 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This is a call to artists everywhere, we would love your help in creating a beautiful event logo!


  1. This contest is open to anyone in the World, though special consideration may be given to NAMA members from Southern Appalachia.
  2. Entries should contain the text, ‘Appalachia NAMA 2023’.
  3. Entries may contain the NAMA logo, but this is not required.
  4. Each participant may submit up to 5 entries.
  5. Artwork must meet certain requirements for printing, see the guidelines below.
  6. We would like a distinct and real mushroom (or mushrooms) of the area represented, see the list of examples below.


1. Submissions must be received no later than March 1, 2023. The winner will be announced no later than April 1, 2023.
2. Submissions should be sent to: [email protected]


The artist behind the winning design will receive the following:
  1. A one-year membership to NAMA or a one-year extension if they are already a member.
  2. A feature in NAMA's quarterly publication, The Mycophile
  3. One of each item printed with the logo. This will include a t-shirt, sticker, and any other swag that is created for the event.

Requirements for Graphic Artwork:

  1. Designs must be optimized for screen printing. This means the design can not contain any gradient colors or gradient translucency. Solid colors only.
  2. To keep within budget, the design must be limited to 1 or 2 colors (or 3 colors by incorporating the color of the shirt into the design.)
  3. Vector files such as AI or EPS are preferred. However, PDF, PNG, and PSD are also acceptable. The file must be high resolution.
  4. Any fonts used must be free for commercial use.

Other Important Stuff:

The winning design will be selected by representatives from NAMA's Visual Arts Committee, Foray Committee and
Marketing Committee. They may, at their discretion, alter graphic elements, font, or verbiage on the chosen design.
The winning entry becomes the intellectual property of NAMA for exclusive commercial use in marketing, merchandising,
and in any other way the organization sees fit.

Example mushrooms of Southern Appalachia:

  • Purple mushrooms like Leptonia or Inocybe lilacina
  • Polyporus umbellatus, the Umbrella Polypore
  • Cordyceps militaris and other entomopathogens such as Tolypocladium
  • Ganoderma tsugae
  • Beautiful boletes such as Butyriboletus frostiiChalciporus rubinellus, Neoboletus luridiformisXerocomus morrisii, and Xerocomellus chrysenteron
  • Gilled boletes, Phylloporus
  • The plums-and-custard mushroom, Tricholomopsis rutilans
  • Hygrocybe conica group and other colorful waxcaps and their relatives such as Gliophorus psittacinus the parrot waxcap
  • Many colors of Russula
  • Many colors of Lactarius, including Lactarius indigo
  • Brightly colored Mycena like Mycena pura and Mycena leiana
  • Armillaria mellea
  • Hydnum umbilicatum
  • Xylaria species in black and white
  • Ascomycete cups of all colors such as Aleuria aurantia and Anthracophyllum lateritium