How Work is Judged:

Shortlisting

The thousands of entries to The Digital Awards are inspected by our preliminary panel who rate each entry according to the judging criteria of the category submitted to. The entries that obtain that are rated highest are then included in the category shortlists to be evaluated by The Digital Awards Judging Panel.

Selecting Nominees

The shortlists are then whittled down to a maximum of 5 Nominees per category, based on a closed ballot of each category. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of the Panel of Judges will cast the tie-breaking vote.

Judges may not vote in any category in which they have a direct conflict of interest.

Selecting Winners

In the majority of cases the winner of each category will be the Nominee that receives the most votes in a closed ballot. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of the Judging Panel will cast the tie-breaking vote. Once the winner has been selected, members of the Judging Panel will be asked to approve the selection. If over 50% of the Judging Panel reject the selection the ballot will be recast.

Disclosure

All Nominees must go through the application entry process and must pass before our preliminary panel before it can pass to the Judging Panel. The judging is carried out through a closed ballot, therefore there is no pressure for the Judges to vote in a way they wouldn’t have voted.

Judges may not vote for an entry in which they have a conflict of interest (where this occurs a voting college system will determine fairness in each category).