The Five "C"s
The images chosen must comply with the Five "C"s:
- Cat - The picture must be of a cat.
- Cute - The kitten in the picture must be cute.
- Carefree - Kittens are meant to be carefree and whimsical - a kitten which is unhappy or otherwise disturbed is not suitable for being featured.
- Clean - There should not be the slightest hint of anything controversial - this includes dead mice, suckling, owners, etc.
- Cute - this one is so important it deserves a second mention.
Featured Kittens, like Featured Pictures, have the following technical requirements: focus, exposure, composition, movement control and depth of field.
- Focus - the main focus of the photo must be the kitten.
- Exposure - The kitten must be visible, however particularly cute lumps under towels and the like may be granted exemptions.
- Composition - the kitten must be composed of feline elements, such as ears, fur, paws and a tail (optional).
- Movement control - The kitten must be in control of its movement, either directly or by controlling human patsies.
- Depth of field - This is a field. It may have a kitten in it, but the field is too deep to be able to tell. Such pictures are not acceptable.
On the graphic elements we have shape, volume, colour, texture, perspective, balance, proportion, noise, etc.
- Shape - The kitten must still be kitten shaped. Kittens in bottles are not accepted here.
- Volume - The kitten must be of feline volume - particularly large kittens may in fact be sheep.
- Texture - The kitten in question should preferably have fur. While egyptian hairless cats are cats, they may well fail the cute requirement.
- Perspective - The perspective should be such as to show the kitten at optimal cuteness.
- Balance - Kittens are not required to be balanced, however full-grown cats have more self-esteem and so photos of fully grown cats falling over are strictly banned, and nominating such images may well lead to you being indefinitely blocked from editing Commons.
- Proportion - If the kitten seems very long, it may be a sausage dog.
- Noise - If the picture miaows, mews, purrs, roars or otherwise makes a noise, please see a doctor.