Judges in all categories receive written instructions and an explanation of the judging process. Judges are responsible for the selection of finalists by first working individually to submit scores from 0 to 100. From these scores, the top 10 submissions are compiled and a gold and silver winner and up to 10 finalists are determined. In the event that clear winners do not emerge judges proceed to a second round of judging, via a moderated conference call, to determine finalists, silver and gold winners. The judges’ decision is final.
Judges assess overall experience, content, structure, navigation, visual design, functionality and interactivity.
Cover: Judges assess entries for graphic elements and cover line content, that they reinforce each other through literal or subtextual means, as well as overall creativity.
All entries are adjudicated by a carefully selected panel of three industry professionals who evaluate entries in the context of the intended audience and give equal weight to the following: writing style and engaging voice, content, creativity and originality, engagement and overall impact.
All entries are adjudicated by a carefully selected panel of three industry professionals who evaluate entries in the context of the intended audience and weigh image/ graphic elements, text and how well they work together, as well as overall layout, originality and impact.
Conflict of Interest
A judge shall be considered ineligible to adjudicate a panel in which: his/her name appears on the masthead of the magazine entered in that category; is entered as a writer or other contributor in that category.
AMPA reviews its award categories annually. Stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on the clarity of category descriptions, relevance, and omissions.