Image Competition Information
Point System for POY:
Image scoring shall be based upon "The 12 Elements" using the following standards:
84-80 Deserving of a Merit
79-75 Above Average
69-65 Below Exhibition Standards
To learn about or refresh yourself on the qualities of a merit image Download the "12 elements of a merit image".pdf to assist you when planning for your image competition entry.
A Mind Map of the 12 Elements on was published on PPmag.com by Lisa Dillon, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, and Bryan Welsh, Cr. Photog., API. They share a fresh perspective on PPA's International Photographic Competition. Specifically, they look at the "12 Elements of a Merit Image" in a new light. Rather than looking at the elements as a checklist, Lisa and Bryan created a mind map (a diagram used to visually organize information) for a unique take on these elements and how to succeed in the IPC.
12 Elements of Image Competition
1. Impact: Compelling images evoke emotion—laughter, sadness, anger, pride.
2. Technical Excellence: The quality of the actual image as presented for viewing. Aspects such as retouching, sharpness, printing, color, and exposure should be spot on.
3. Creativity: The image is original, fresh, and an external expression of the maker’s imagination.
4. Style: The subject matter meshes with the presentation. Style can also include the characteristic ways that an artist applies his or her specific lighting, posing, or compositional style to underscore the desired impact.
5. Composition: The visual elements of an image come together to express intent, whether that is to please the viewer. The viewer’s attention is captured and directed where the artist plans it to be.
6. Presentation: The way an image is showcased gives it a finished look. Everything in the presentation—mats, borders, color choices—should work to enhance the image.
7. Color Balance: Color work together to evoke feelings in the viewer. For example, it can bring harmony to an image and enhance the emotional appeal. It can also be incongruous to arouse diverse feelings.
8. Center of Interest: This is where an image’s creator wants a viewer’s attention focused. There may be primary and secondary centers of interest. Sometimes all the elements in an image work together to create the center of interest.
9. Lighting: The image demonstrates excellence in the use and control of light, whether natural or additive. Light informs dimensions and shape, sets tone and mood, and enhances the image.
10. Subject Matter: The subject matter is central to the story being told, so the subject should sync with the story.
11. Technique: The approaches used to create the image—lighting, posting, capture, presentation—work together to be effective.
12. Storytelling: The image evokes the viewer's imagination. While the act of creating is a personal thing, so too is the act of viewing. Each image is a story, and the one it tells a viewer may be unique to that person.
" We wish all who enter our image competitions all the best!"