Southwest District Photographic Competition
What's the difference between the Photographic Open competition and the Artist competition? Simply put, the Photographic Open competition judges your photography skills while the Artist competition judges your post-processing prowess. Photographic Open judges assess your skills behind the camera based on your consideration of the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, while Artist competition judges focus not on the image, but the art work ability and technique used in post-editing, whether that be through Photoshop or painting.
View Past Critiques
Images at the PPA District Photographic Competitions can receive scores up to 100 points, dependent on how they meet the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. See what the scores mean:
100 - 95: Exceptional
94 - 90: Superior
89 - 85: Excellent
84 - 80: Deserving of a Merit
79 - 75: Above Average
74 - 70: Average
69 - 65: Below Exhibition Standards
Seals of Approval & Merit Images
Earn a score of 80 or above at a district competition, and you will receive a Seal of Approval. A "sealed image" is often referred to like a "merit image," but it requires an extra step to get that merit. You will earn one merit when your sealed image is entered in the next International Photographic Competition. (It will also automatically be accepted as part of the General Collection.) You must enter that sealed image in the next International Photographic Competition BEFORE you can earn the merit.