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.