In this section some intructions are given concerning the quality and the exposure to photos on Zootierliste. Simultaneously we would like to improve transparency of decisions on removing or adding photos.
1st Photo content
The purpose of the photos is to show as many specific aspects, which are useful for identification, in best possible quality as possible. Therefore the typical characters of the respective species should be visible on at least one photo. If there is intraspecific variability, photos that provide this additional information will be preferred. If these requirements are met, photos which show an individual from a different perspective or a juvenile should be uploaded. Even though it might be a pity about your best shot - there will be no benefit for Zootierliste if a species is solely depicted by four superb portrait photos of a beautiful adult male. The head of an animal should be well visible in the photo and neither cut-off, covered or turned away, unless there are good reasons for that. Please also pay attention to the size of the animal within the picture, which should be as large as possible. The photo size on Zootierliste is limited and therefore a photo of an animal in nice surroundings, which might look great on a big screen, will be rather useless for Zootierliste, if the animal itself can hardly be recognized.
2nd Number of photos per species
In general one photographer is allowed to upload one photo per species. If not all photo slots are blocked yet, multiple photos can be uploaded. But these should be of relevance concerning additional information according to the photo content guidelines mentioned above.
3rd Replacement of photos
If a photographer occupies more than one photos slot within a species, one photo can be replaced without request. But only if the photo quality is at least equal and no information useful for identification (variation, juvenile individuals etc.) is lost. Else, normally a photo is considered fixed and will only be replaced if the respective photographer has been contacted. If a photo is of minor quality or blocks a slot for another photo with important content, the administrators will reserve the right of removal without request.
4th Format and size
The photos will be displayed with a maximum edge lentgh of 320 pixels. To avoid a chaotic overall impressions, please only use the established digital camera formats 3:2 and 4:3. Please only upload photos in black and white for very special shots with no alternative.
5th Flash photosn
We assume that flash photos were taken in accordance with the house rules of the respective zoological instutitions. In general at least one photo without flash is welcome. For those species, which are usually kept in nocturnal houses or in other artificially illuminated enclosures and which can therefore hardly be photographed in natural colours, at least one flash photo is desired.
6th Stuffed animals
In general only pictures of live animals are supposed to be uploaded on Zootierliste. But there are exception for extinct species and for those species, which are not (yet) depicted with a picture of a live individual. Photographed specimens have to be dissected according to the natural appearance of the respective species and should at best belong to a scientific collection.
As soon as suitable pictures of live individuals will be uploaded, the pictures of the specimens have to be removed.
7th Representative effect
Please pay attention to the way animals are depicted on your photos. There mustn't be the impression that they suffer or were adversely affected by the way the photo was taken ("red-eye-effect", animals kept in hands for the photo). Pictures of animals kept in bad conditions should possibly be avoided.