If you have any group questions, comments, or messages
of any sort please
leave a group comment or send a note to the group. And do not send messages directly to any
group moderators. Otherwise, they most likely will be ignored. No single individual has full say of how this group runs. We kindly ask you to not single out moderators with your inquiries. We will be happy to reply to you through a group note, etc.
Although it has been enforced along with the clothes and humanized clauses, it has come to my attention that we have neglected to list excessively human hairstyles
to the list of what is not accepted by the group. The overall look of animals should be natural. It does not apply to pets which may be styled so. We do not accept odd colored animals, nor do we accept strangely marked animals.The only exception to this is common cartoon colors on the cartoon animals. Like a decent light blue color replacing the grey on cartoon wolves and huskies, and red on cartoon foxes.We do not accept fanart of popular media.We don't mean fanart for popular artists here in DeviantArt, nor do we exclude commissions, it's just that we don't accept most popular media. Maybe we'll accept a classical book character turned animal, but we don't accept MLP, Disney, Warriors... No.Animals may not wear clothes they usually do not wear.Wild animals do not wear clothes. Exotic pets may wear clothes. Dogs no not wear Ipods. If you managed to snap a photo fast enough of your dog with your MP3, congratulations, and yes, we'll accept it; but that won't set a new guideline for art.We do not accept reference sheets.
We feel reference sheets are for personal use only.
We do not accept anthropomorphic animals.
Not in the traditional Aesop illustration style, and much less the kind with a human body.
We do not accept injured, bloody or dead animals.
Any kind of animal cruelty or graphic themes will not be accepted. Skeletons of Extinct animals are okay. While Taxidermy is an art form, we do not accept stuffed animals into the group.
We do not accept Humans.
No humans in animal photography or animal art allowed. Hands and parts of humans can be accepted if done tastefully. (if you see some in the group, they have been added before this rule was made. people in the past abused the chance of exposure for less quality work. )
On animal photography
The animal subject must be clear and in focus. The background of the image must not take up more space then the animal subject. The animal subject must be the focus of the image. The image must also not have a cheesy date on it. All above rules still apply.
On Mythical and Extinct animals.
Documentation of the species or type of Mythical animal or Extinct animal must be provided in the image description. No made up, OC's, or hybrids allowed. If its obvious like a Triceratops or a Unicorn we usually accept with out question. However we may ask for documentation from a reliable source if we are unsure of the animal was made up. All above rules still apply. This is not a anything goes folder.
On General Quality of submissions
We do not accept overly watermarked images that take away from the subject, or any obtrusive clip-art/text. Please only submit once. This includes several photos of the same subject, please pick your best photo out of the set to show in the group. Photographed traditional art must be clear, in-focus and presented tastefully.
SUBMIT TO THE CORRECT FOLDER!
The default folder is Flying/Avians, and the least we find submitted there are our winged friends.
Also, the Photos of Our Pets folder has subcategories for Felines and Canines, use them.
However, the Canine and Feline folders also have a subcategory for photography of their domestic kin.
The Photos folder is for snapshots or for showing your pet showing off his unique brand of quirky, the species folder is for showing off the animal.
It isn't our fault if you don't read the rules first before joining.