might be curious as to how photographs are chosen for inclusion in the
First Class database. A number of factors are considered in choosing
them. Among them:
- Is the
cultivar in the First Class database? If not, we cannot use the photo.
(We will save it for possible future use, if and when the cultivar is
added.) The First Class database is an electronic representation of
the African Violet Master List of Species and Cultivars (AVML).
Cultivars included in the AVML are submitted by the hybridizers; they
cannot come from secondary sources.
- Is there
already a photo of the cultivar in the database? If not, we will use
almost any photo of that cultivar. It's better to have a photo of only
fair quality than to have none at all.
the photo match the description? Nobody can be familiar with all the
different cultivars, so sometimes an incorrect one slips through, but
if the photo shows a plant that is significantly different from the
description, it will not be used.
- If there
is already a photo for the cultivar in the database, a second (alternate)
photo can be used. In this case, a fair-quality photo most likely will
not be used.
- If there
are already two photos of the cultivar in the database, a decision to
replace one of them will be based on the following factors:
the quality better? If the quality is only slightly better,
the photo may be saved for future use (when there is a smaller update),
as each photo added to the database increases download time. To
add a photo as a primary photo, switching the current primary photo
to the alternate position, requires adding two photos to
the update, so in that case the new photo must be significantly
better, otherwise it will be added to the alternate position.
the current photos show differences (blossom vs. whole plant, presence
vs. absence of a variable trait, differences due to different growing
conditions, etc.)? The decision to replace will depend on how the
new photo can help to portray the differences. For example, a great
photo of a fantasy plant with a moderate number of fantasy markings
is contributed, and the photos already in First Class are mediocre
ones -- one with just a little fantasy, and the other loaded with
fantasy markings. In that case, the new photo might not be used,
as the two current ones better show the wide variance that can be
seen with this cultivar.
may be someone who has contributed hundreds of photos, but the quality
is generally not so good, and only a few are actually used. As I'm
sure you'll understand, sometimes it's very difficult to replace
one of those photos.
So if you
contribute a photo that you feel is certain to be included in the database,
don't be disappointed if it doesn't get chosen. We do appreciate good
photographs, and we will do everything we can to use it. But keep in mind
that the database is not a photo contest. Its purpose is to give the grower
a visual description that supplements the written description.