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Keywording animals, plants, and objects

Your keywords should offer much more than a mere glimpse of the animals, plants, and objects that you photograph. We want solid information and facts!

When keywording images of animals, plants, and objects, the following information should be included whenever is possible. Please be sure to provide reliable information. You should be as specific as possible. However, if you are not sure about the information, then it is better to leave it out.


  1. Scientific name (ex. Panthera tigris or Planthera tigris altaica, Pinus pinea)
  2. Common name (ex. tiger, Siberian tiger, Beluga, White Whale, pine, Italian stone pine)
  3. Other taxonomic ranks/info such as the family, order, and class (ex. carnivore, mammal, feline, pinales)
  4. Animal Gender if known (ex. male, female, lioness, sow, bull)
  5. Animal Age (ex. young/baby animal, foal, chick, kitten)
  6. Number of animals (ex. one, two, pair, group, flock, herd)
  7. Activity (ex. flying, running, hunting, feeding)
  8. Significant animal/plant parts (ex. full length, head, snout, leaf, petal, stamen)
  9. Other keywords such as the role/status (ex. predator, prey, captivity, endangered)


You should only include keywords for objects in your images if the objects are the subject of the image, or have a special significance in the image. Do not include random, minor objects in your keywords if they have little overall importance. You should consider including the following information when describing objects that are the subject of your image.

  1. Description (ex. laptop, computer chip, top hat)
  2. Quantity (ex. one, two, pair, group)
  3. Characteristics (ex. small, shiny, red, old, new)
  4. Related concepts (ex. business, work, magic)
If you have any doubts, or need further information, please contact
Raquel Gisbert.

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