1) What birds does AZFO post photos of?
The mission of the AZFO photo pages is to create an
photo archive of rare and unusual birds for Arizona.
AZFO is interested in noteworthy avian photo documentation
for current or historical records in Arizona; for example
- Rarities (defined as ABC Review or rarer Sketch
Detail species click here for list)
- Birds in unusual plumage
- Out of season birds with very few records at
- Other rarities of regional or county interest
with few prior records for that area
Unusual or rarely seen exotics
2) What format and size of photos can I submit?
We are volunteers. It makes our job a lot easier if you can follow
Crop, resize and compress large
digital images. See our image preparation guidelines for techniques. We would appreciate it
if all submitted photos were:
- in jpeg format
- 300 KB or less
- Image size about 1000 X 800 pixels or less (for
large images crop
tightly first to minimize resizing to maintain image
quality, for smaller images never increase
We still welcome images that do not follow these
guidelines, but those that do make our job much easier.
Images following these guidelines will be posted sooner
and are more likely to be chosen if multiple images are
ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO FURTHER CROPPING, RESIZING,
IMAGE MANIPULATION OR EDITING BEFORE POSTING.
3) What other information should I provide with my
Required information is requested on the online form.
It also makes our job a lot easier if you provide
further information in the boxes provided on the form.
Click here for a sample
of the type of information to provide
for these boxes includes:
"General Notes" box of the online
- explain why the photo is noteworthy or the sighting
important, especially for birds that are NOT Review
or Sketch Detail species
- identify other observers present when the sighting was
- if you did not not discover the rarity, it
is helpful if you can tell us when and by whom the
rarity was discovered
- detailed directions to the
location of the rarity are always appreciated
"Status and Distribution"
box of the online form (optional):
It is helpful to us if you can
write up a short description of the status and
distribution of the rarity in Arizona.
Click here for
suggested resources to help you do this. We will probably
embellish or edit what you provide. If you do not want
to do this, the editors will provide it.
"ID Points" box of the online form
helpful if you can summarize the relevant field marks
that are visible in the photograph that distinguish the
rarity from similar species. Again, we will
probably embellish or edit what you provide.
Again, If you do not want to do this, the editors will
4) What kinds of photos are posted, how many are
posted and how are they selected?
AZFO is particularly interested in maintaining an
ongoing archive of photo documentation of all Review
and Sketch Detail species.
These are our general policies:
- We try to post the
first few photos of a rarity received.
- The photos should show relevant field marks. Image
quality is secondary to documentation of
rarities and we
encourage submission of low quality images that
show the field marks adequately.
- In cases where
there are identification questions, expert opinion is sought and
discussed with the submitter before the image is
Photos of birds with questionable or
controversial ID can still be posted with the
photographer's permission as long as the photos
clearly show relevant field marks.
- Preference will always be given to photos
taken by the discoverer of a rarity if all else
- AZFO usually only posts the first few images
received of a rarity. When many images are
received at once, the best of the first few submissions
- Once sufficient images are
posted to fully document the bird, additional
images are usually NOT posted unless they show
additional features or are of much higher
quality. Posting these additional images is at
the discretion of the editor who must keep the
- Continuing Rarities: AZFO uses the
same policy as the Arizona Bird Committee.
If a rarity leaves an area and then returns (for
example a migrant returning to a breeding area),
then the AZFO and ABC would appreciate
documentation of the return of the rarity.
If the rarity is continuously present, only
initial documentation is requested.
- Posting occurs when time permits
(remember we are volunteers!).
- Even when subsequently received better images are
the originally posted images are never removed
except by request of the photographer.
Policies concerning images of birds that are NOT
Review Species or rarer Sketch Details species:
- Acceptance of images in these categories is
at the editor's discretion
- Acceptance depends
on the current workload. Acceptance is
more likely when there are fewer overall
submissions and if you follow these steps to
reduce the editor's workload:
- 1) make a case
for why the bird is rare enough for posting,
i.e., provide information on the status and
distribution of the bird at that time or place.
- 2) use the online form for submission of
images and provide the text requested
- 3) make
sure the images are properly formatted
5) Do I retain copyright on my photos and what are the restrictions on use of my posted
You retain the copyright on all files submitted.
You grant us permission to use your submitted photos on this web
site and to send your photos to the North American Bird
editors and to the Arizona Bird Committee. No other use is granted or implied. Any
other use of the files requires permission from you, the
A bold copyright notice is placed at the bottom of
every photo page. If you feel you need to add your
own copyright notice to the image, we request that you
keep these as small and inconspicuous as possible.
Since many photos are cropped before posting, we cannot
guarantee that these copyright notices will be retained
if the photo is not closely cropped.
HOWEVER, be aware that files posted on the photo
gallery are freely accessible to everyone. AZFO is
not responsible for inappropriate, unauthorized or
commercial use of files downloaded from this site.
Responsibility for policing use of posted files remains
strictly with the photographer. If you are overly
concerned with how your files might be used, it is
probably best not to post them on the Internet.
interested in using the files posted on this site for
any other purpose should contact the photographer
directly for permission or contact the Photo Editor who will put you in
touch with the photographer.
6) To submit prints or slides, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request instructions
Thank you for sharing your photographs with AZFO and its viewers