03/29/13 ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! LOOKING FOR PHOTOS FOR TWO BOOKS ON PYTHONS
REQUEST FOR PHOTOS!
Email all images and questions about photos and any comments regarding the descriptions below to Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Dave and Tracy Barker
We are working on two books at this time, and now invite photographers with suitable photos of python species to submit them to us for consideration to publish in either of our books.
Both books are about pythons (of course).
One of the books is titled A Guide to the Identification of the Pythons of Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Continental Asia [aka “the guide”]
The other is titled The Short-tail Pythons: Their History, Natural History, Care and Breeding [aka “the blood python book.”]
As you can see, there is some overlap between the two books, as the four short-tail python species are all found within the area covered by the first book.
We will finish the “the guide” in a few months and right now we are looking hard for pictures for this book. We are looking for photographs of wild-type snakes with “normal” appearances—no morphs! Below this message, is a list of the pythons species covered by the book, detailing which images we particularly need.
Believe it or not, there apparently are a few python species that have never been photographed live (Leiopython fredparkeri and Python kyaiktiyo)…
The second book is similar to the ball python book we did several years ago, and we are looking for pictures of unusual snakes as well as snakes with normal appearances. That book is second on our schedule, but we are starting to look for good images.
1) Submitted images should be well-exposed and in sharp focus. A naturalistic background is a plus, but Photoshop can do wonders on undesirable backgrounds. We are most interested in images of the full-body, not close-up pictures of the face.
2) You can send submissions as small email-sized photos attached to emails for our inspection and we can get back with you about which one we want to publish.
3) Photos that we will publish will need to be at least 1800 pixels wide, and 3000 pixels is better. Photo should be in JPEG format saved with no compression (that makes the saved files bigger.)
4) You may only submit images that are yours. All photographers submitting images will be acknowledged in the book, whether or not their photos are published. If we publish your images, we’ll send you a copy of the book when it’s released.
5) ***************We are interested in excellent photography, so no matter what species you have, even if it says on the species list that it’s not needed—if it’s a great photo, please send it…**************
6) Email all images to Dave at: email@example.com
A list of the current status of python images to use in the guide
Spotted python Antaresia maculosa [NEW GUINEA SPECIMENS ONLY… we have a couple of images but need more pictures]
Papuan python Apodora papuana [nothing needed]
Ringed python Bothrochilus boa [nothing needed]
Northern whitelip python Leiopython albertisii [a few more full body shots of animals with locality data would be nice]
Wau whitelip python Leiopython bennettorum [we have NOTHING; need holotype pictures of preserved specimens]
Biak whitelip python Leiopython biakensis [we have NOTHING, need holotype pictures of preserved specimens.]
Karimui Basin whitelip python Leiopython fredparkeri [we have NOTHING, need holotype pictures of preserved specimens.]
Southern whitelip python Leiopython hoserae [a few more full body shots of animals with locality data would be nice]
Huon Peninsula whitelip python Leiopython huonensis [we have NOTHING, need holotype pictures of preserved specimens.]
Water python Liasis fuscus [NEW GUINEA SPECIMENS ONLY… A few more full body shots of animals with locality data would be nice]
Freckled python Liasis mackloti [nothing needed]
Wetar python Liasis dunni [Dave plans to go to Georgia to photo the only dunni in the USA at Chris Carmichael’s lab—if worst comes to worst, he can provide some good images]
Savu python Liasis savuensis [nothing needed]
Amethystine python Morelia amethistina [nothing needed]
Northern green python Morelia azureus [nothing needed, but a few images of PNG animals from Madang Province and Morobe province would be nice]
Black python Morelia boeleni [nothing needed]
Southern Moluccan python Morelia clastolepis [nothing needed]
Tanimbar python Morelia nauta [a few more full body shots of animals with locality data would be nice]
New Guinea carpet python Morelia spilota variegata [we have hundreds of images of Indo specimens, but nothing from Central Province, PNG]
Halmahera python Morelia tracyae [we need images of juveniles and neonates, plus maybe one or two nice full body images of adults.]
Southern green python Morelia viridis [nothing needed for Indo specimens, but we have few from PNG]
Burmese python Python bivittatus bivittatus [it’s surprising but we have almost nothing—we have several thousand images and most are of “morphs” and not of value to this book. We have very few images of regular Burmese pythons—nothing of big specimens.]
Sulawesi Burmese python Python bivittatus progshai [we have NOTHING]
Borneo python Python breitensteini [needed for second book, localities and morphs]
Blood python Python brongersmai [needed for second book, localities and morphs]
Sumatran python Python curtus [needed for second book, localities and morphs]
Mon python Python kyaiktiyo [needed for second book, localities, we are pretty sure there are no morphs!]
Indian python Python molurus molurus [we have very little and need more images with locality data, preferable full-snake images]
Sri Lanka python Python molurus pimbura [we have a few usable images, but need more]
Reticulated python Python reticulatus reticulatus [nothing needed, but a few more images of Philippine animals would be nice—there are almost no published images of Philippine retics.]
Tanahjampea reticulated python Python reticulatus jampeanus [we have great pics of two specimens, a few more would be welcome.]
Selayar reticulated python Python reticulatus saputrai [we have NOTHING]
Lesser Sundas python Python timoriensis [nothing needed]