Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
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.