Manual Annotation (Beta)

When looking at an Encounter page, you may see that a MediaAsset does not have a dashed rectangle (e.g. Annotation bounding box) around an animal in the picture. In this case, the detection stage did not recognize the animal.

In an Encounter page’s Gallery, open the menu over an image and select add annotation to open the manual annotation screen.

Understanding the Manual Annotation Page

The Manual Annotation page has the following sections, which appear in order as you make selections.

Creating a Manual Annotation

Each step needs to be completed for the next step to appear on the screen.

  1. In Select Viewpoint, choose the primary viewpoint that the photographer is observing the animal from, such as left, right, front, back, etc.
  2. In Select annotation iaClass allows you to define the type of animal or feature the annotation represents. This is a fixed list per species that corresponds to detection classes returned by the Image Analysis pipeline.
  3. In Draw the new annotation bounding box below
    1. Hover your mouse over the image, then use the guides to align the corner with the outer edges of the animal.
    2. Left-click once to mark the first corner of the bounding box.
    3. Move your mouse to the opposing corner position of a rectangle (i.e. if top-left complete, move to bottom-right). Use the guides to align the corner with the outer edges of the animal.
    4. Left-click to mark the opposing corner position.
  4. Click Save to save your new annotation. A confirmation page appears with a link back to the Encounter page. It is important to note that if another annotation is already on this MediaAsset, Wildbook may clone this Encounter and create a new one, recognizing that two annotations in one image means that two animals are present and thus at least two Encounters by definition (one animal at a location and date) must exist.
  5. Navigate back to the Encounter page and click start match to begin the identification pipeline for this new annotation. See Manually starting a match for more information.


  • How do I fix an annotation?

If an incorrect annotation is created, whether through the detection process or manually, you can first delete the annotation and then re-draw the annotation if desired using the procedures above.

  • How do I annotate a part of an individual (Ex. head, tail, etc.)?

When selecting the annotation iaClass, look for the species, plus the part symbol ‘+’. For example, if you would like to annotate green turtle heads, search ‘turtle_green+head’.

  • How do I associate a part with the body in my encounter?

The iaClass dropdown should show all classes that are available for the associated species. If your species includes a part option, it will be in the dropdown. The standard format is species + part.