Let's say you enter a case (four images) at your district. If any of those entries earn a score of 80 or above, you will get a Seal of Approval. That means your image would automatically merit and be judged for PPA's Loan Collection...if you enter it in the next International Photographic Competition.
However, if your images don't score that high, you might have the opportunity to listen to critiques. The district jurors can point out the good areas and areas for improvement in your images. Then, take that advice and tweak your images before entering them in the International Photographic Competition, the next competition level up!
By entering an earlier competition (like your district competition), you have a chance to fine-tune your images and hopefully do even better at the highest level of all. And that can lead to more merits, more recognition and better imagery for you. Are you ready to get a good start on competition?