As the Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association is affiliated with Professional Photographers of America, we follow the Photographic Exhibitions Committee (PEC) of PPA 12 elements for our Print Competition. These elements listed below are the “gold standard” to define a merit image. PEC trains judges to be mindful of these elements when judging images to the PPA merit level and to be placed in the International Print Exhibit at Imaging USA, 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.
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 Competition Testimonials elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.
The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.
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