How will my work be judged?
All entries are anonymised, and judges are not provided with any identifying information to ensure that judging remains fair and impartial.
Judging of 2D designs will take place virtually.
Judging of all 3D finished work / entries will take place in person at the Goldsmiths' Centre.
We ask entrants to ensure their work has no identifying marks. Any such marks (i.e. logos, names) will be disguised where possible. If we are unable to remove or hide these, your entry may unfortunately be void.
Hallmarks are acceptable.
An Overview of the Judging Process
The Council relies on the generosity of industry professionals who give their time freely to peer review the Award submissions each year. All our judges are drawn from the trade and industry and are experts in their respective fields.
Judges reach their decisions collectively as a panel of experts.
Judges are not asked to decide which of the entries is 'the best' in that section. The aims and objectives of the judges are to decide whether an entry is of a high enough standard in craftsmanship and/or design to merit an Award, and if so, at what level i.e. Gold, Silver or Bronze. Judges are under no compulsion to make any Award/s if they consider that the bench mark standards has not been achieved.
As a guide, and working to a principal framework and maxim of 1 x Gold, 2 x Silver and 3 x Bronzes, judges may give more than this if the work warrants it.
Collectively, Judges & Council Members are asked to make recommendations to consider entries for additional special Awards e.g. Junior, Senior, Goldsmiths' Company, Jacques Cartier, Special Council Bursary's & 2D Hand rendering & Computer Generated Design Awards.
In the event of Judges unable to agree on a unanimous decision, a majority vote will be accepted from a panel of judges.