If photography is an important part of your life, don't miss the biggest PPW event of the year!
Entering your state competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand—how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image and if you stick with it, you may be a Trophy or Award Winner. To see what they are check them out on Trophy & Award Goals.
You'll learn you're capable of so much more than you imagined. It's perfectly normal to be a little nervous going in, but don't be afraid of getting better.
It's easy to get involved. Use the 12 Element guides to fine-tune your four best images and submit either prints or digital copies. Rules and Forms are available as we get closer to conference.
And if you can, make sure you attend the judging. The photographic competitions are open to the public, and it's the best way to maximize your learning potential. Whether you've entered images or not, watching is a great way to grasp what the judges are looking for. The PPA-approved jurors are some of the best in the business—photographers who truly care about raising the bar in the industry. You can even pick their brains during breaks!
PPW uses the 12 elements below as the “gold standard” to define a merit image. Judges are mindful of these elements when judging images to the PPW merit level and presented at the annual convention. The use of these 12 elements
connects the modern practice of photography and its photographers to the historical practice of photography begun nearly two centuries ago. These twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one
The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.