We sent a photographer to Oregon to chronicle the quest for truffle-hunting glory.

 

Once a year in Eugene, Oregon, dogs compete to see who can find the most truffles. Here, John and Marjorie Magee from Washington unload Cricket and Tiger before the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship begins.

James Wilson handles his four-year-old lagotto romagnolo Brielle as she hunts for truffle oil-scented targets in dirt boxes during the first phase of the competition.