The Twelve Elements of a Merit Image: Part 1

  • Instructors:
    Michael Timmons

    PPA Members:


    Michael Timmons is the resident expert on all things competition. Whether it’s the judging, the submission or even the reasons why to compete, Michael knows all.

    In this first part of a three-part series, Michael starts his discussion on the 12 Elements of a Merit Print. With the thousands and thousands of images that judges see annually, the 12 elements create a judging standard that is consistent throughout all competitions. Once you understand the standard, you can better create a competition-winning print.

    You'll begin with a high-level introduction of all elements and how they create an objective measure by which to judge entries. Then, Michael tackles the first four:

    • Impact: Learn what it is, how it effects a judge, and what you can use to create it. Discuss how emotion and drama, techniques and subject matter can give your images the impact you want and judges seek.
    • Creativity: Many believe that creativity is a trait with which you’re born, but Michael firmly believes it is a skill that can be learned. Discover how imagination and innovative “outside the box” thinking can produce extraordinary results.
    • Style: This is unique to every great artist, and can be how a photographer uses light or composition or various fundamentals and techniques. Even lens choices, post production and enhancements can define your personal style.
    • Composition: You’ll discuss what composition is, what makes it great, and how to achieve it in your images.

    You’re one-third of your way through the 12 elements that will stay with you throughout your career!

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      • Michael Timmons

        M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

        Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

        Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.

        Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer. 

        Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, has served on the Portrait Group for Professional Photographers of America, including Chairman of the committee, and has also served PPA as a member of the Photographic Exhibitions Committee, including Vice Chairman, and several years as a PPA councilor.  Michael is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Vice President for 2014 - 2015. Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award,” from the Professional Photographers of America.

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