2021 Craftsmanship & Design Awards


1.     Judges should reach their decisions in consultation with each other.

2.     Judges are not expected to give percentage marks for entries.

3.     Judges are not asked to decide which of the entries before them is ‘the best’ in that section. They are asked to establish whether there is an entry 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 Councils benchmark standards have not been met.

4.     The Junior and Senior classifications apply in the craft sections only, but the criteria above (item 3) applies to both levels. All entries will be segregated into Junior and Senior for judging in these sections.

5.     As a guide, and working to a principle framework and maxim of 1 x Gold, 2 x Silver and 3 x Bronze awards. Judges may give more than this if the standard of work warrants it.

6.     When Awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards a winning entry should be marked G, S or B on the section judging sheet provided on the day, and judges need to sign this official judging sheet to confirm agreement of the awards given in that session.

7.     Collectively, Judges are asked to make recommendations for Council to consider entries for additional special awards e.g. Patron Special Awards, Junior, Senior, Goldsmiths’ Company, Jacques Cartier. Each judging panel will also be required to write a short summary of their findings, and this may be used as general feedback to entrants.  

8.     In addition, judges are requested to select entries deemed worthy of being exhibited alongside award winning entries. These should be identified by marking an X on the judges marking sheet against an entrant’s number.

9.     In the event of Judges unable to agree on a unanimous decision, a majority vote will be accepted from a panel of 3 judges. In exceptional circumstances (a panel of 4 judges or more), the Chairman will exercise a second casting vote.   

10.  It is normal practice for the chairman of a judging panel to be a member of the GC&DC.

Thank you in advance for your attendance, participation and valued contribution.


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