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How will they be judged?

After entries are submitted, a panel of judges will begin a thorough process that includes pre-scoring to select a top 10, subsequent deliberation, and the ultimate decisions of each winner and honorable mention.

These judges include senior PR professionals from agency, corporate, nonprofit, and government teams, as well as service company and PR education professionals. Judges will be chosen because of their professional and wide-ranging level of expertise.

Any judge who has a potential conflict of interest, including, but not restricted to, working for an agency that submitted that campaign and/or being involved with any aspect of the project, will not be allowed to judge that entry.

Judges may move entries between categories if deemed to be unsuitable for the category entered, but appropriate for another. Category changes will be made solely at the discre­tion of the judges and their decisions will be final.

All judges will be required to sign a confidentiality agree­ment that bans them from disclosing information from entry submissions. A maximum of five entries from each category will make up our shortlist of finalists, which will be published online in December 2016 and in print in Janu­ary 2017. Judges do not discuss their individual scores with anyone - not even each other. As such, the winners are not known until Awards night itself.