The 30th edition

Changes to the 30th edition of Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game, to be published in 2019.  All entries for the 30th edition must be received by 1 March 2019.
We are already hard at work planning the 30th edition of Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game, and while we cannot reveal all our plans at this point, a number of changes will be implemented.  First of all, we expect that we will again only be publishing the African records. We intend to make changes to all records over time, but this entails a great deal of work on all levels, so we are going to take on one book at a time.

Next, and possibly the most exciting news will be that we shall start publishing photos of the highest scoring heads. We shall have a strict photo policy in regards to ethics and esthetics, but for now it is sufficient to say that a photo of any head in the top twenty will be eligible for publication in the book. That said, there are a few provisos. We specifically discourage hero shots, and we will reject all photos that are of:

  1. Poor taste.
  2. Low quality. We will not accept anything less than 300 dpi and an image of 5 inches wide and, in metric, 12 dot/mm and a photo of 11 centimeters wide.
  3. Inappropriate behavior.

Third, the layout of the book will be totally redone. Animals will be organized according to traditional methods used by naturalists and hunters as well as by biological kinship. In short, a buffalo will come before an impala, and a greater kudu will be lumped together with the other spiral-horned antelopes.

Last, the index of the book will be completely redone, reflecting a better understanding of the most commonly used English names.

If you have field photos of what you believe to be a top head and you wish to have them published in the next edition, please contact Rowland Ward. We will instruct you on how to send us your images.

To buy the 30th edition from our sister company Safari Press please click here.