Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
The question is a little akimbo.
All photographs have merit in some way. It is a medium for recording a fragment or period of time and can mean many things to all people.
For the artists amongst us:
• Technical mastery.
I completely agree and in no particular order, but impact may be the most important in transporting the image to the level of "art" or "moving" the viewer.
I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.