Independent, expert, impartial

An independent panel of judges gathered together in mid July to review all the entries and submit their scores for the shortlist.

About the judges
Judges who have been involved with an entry are not allowed to lobby other judges, take part in the discussion or vote for that entry. Each judge will give entries a score. The average score will decide the winning entry. Judges can move an entry to a different category if they feel it has been submitted for the wrong award.

Third Sector’s editorial team will decide the winners of the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award, which is not open to entries.The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.

Method of judging
The judges will use your statement and supporting material to assess your entry. They will study all the entries received, looking for examples of excellence that contributed to the overall success of an activity.

Each project will be assessed according to its objectives and budget. The judges will give credit to effective campaigns and creative ideas rather than big budgets. The judges have the right to move entries between categories if they feel they have been entered in the wrong category.