Our judges comprise an independent panel of senior representatives from end-user organisations, consultants and key industry players. The Judges are split into five groups and are assigned to categories, carefully selected by AV Magazine’s editors. Judges sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and must declare any association or involvement with any of the entries.

To ensure a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process, we undergo two judging stages:

Part 1:

The judges are divided into groups according to their expertise. Each judge scores the submissions received in their assigned categories independently via a secure online portal.

Part 2:

Under the watchful eye of the independent moderators, a second round of judging follows the individual reviews. Here each submission is discussed in-depth before judges independently re-score each entry. From this, the highest scoring submissions will make it through to the second stage - Judging Day.


If you have entered any of the awards listed below and are shortlisted, you will be invited to present to our judging panel as part of stage two of the judging process.

- Distributor of the Year
- Integrator of the Year
- Manufacturer of the Year
- Small Business of the Year
- Rental, Staging & Virtual Production Business of the Year

These presentations need to be 10 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes of Q&A. We expect these presentations to be attended by senior representatives of the companies involved in the award. We recommend no more than 2 attendees.


The transparency and security of the judging process is hugely important to us.

For that reason, every judge signs a Non-Disclosure Agreement and all judges meetings are held in private, confidential environments. All scores are collated and verified to avoid anomalies and are then averaged to determine the winner.

The AV Awards team plus an independent panel of moderators supervise the judging process to identify and avoid any risk of bias and judges are asked to recuse themselves where they have a personal or professional interest.