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Jan 24, 2023: Understanding the 12 Elements of a Merit Image and Why They Matter | Technical Webinar

Updated: Jan 24, 2023



Join us for the January Technical Webinar: Understanding The 12 Elements of a Merit Image and Why They Matter!


The January Technical Webinar speakers will be Tracey Rice, Richard Phillips, and David Schilling and the topic will be “Understanding The 12 Elements of a Merit Image and Why They Matter”. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:30 pm.


Whether you are choosing a photo to put into a competition or critiquing your photo to decide how to make it more impactful, understanding the 12 Elements of a Merit Image is sure to help you! These elements were developed by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and are used by the judges in their international competition to determine which submitted photographs will be awarded a merit. These elements were also used by our judge for the upcoming “Light Is Hope” exhibition. Becoming familiar with the 12 Elements will help tune your eye to making better photos.


In this webinar, Tracey, Richard and David will explain how the elements were developed, what they are, why they are important, and show examples of each element at work in photos. After defining and showing examples of all 12 elements, the audience will participate in viewing photos and discussing which elements they think are being used.


12 Elements of a Merit Image by Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

  1. Impact

  2. Technical Excellence

  3. Creativity

  4. Style

  5. Composition

  6. Presentation

  7. Color Balance

  8. Center of Interest

  9. Lighting

  10. Subject Matter

  11. Technique

  12. Storytelling


Our Speakers


Our speakers for January’s Webinar are Board members of the Club, and they all have deep experience in creating winning images. Our speakers are Tracey Rice, Richard Phillips, and David Schilling.



Technical Webinars


The Technical Webinars are hosted monthly by skilled club members as well as guest speakers who are subject-matter experts on the various topics. Our presenters share expertise, tips, and knowledge about various photography and post-production techniques. Our aim is to increase your skill level and confidence with your photography and post-production.


For members, the link is under the Member Portal page, Zoom Links, and will be provided by email too!



Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, Jan 24th for the Monthly Technical Webinar!
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