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 individually study all the submissions received in their allocated categories online. Each entry will be scored against the category's set criteria. From this, the highest scoring submissions will make it through to the second stage - Judging Day.

Part 2:

Judges will separate into groups based on their specific expertise. A second round of judging will then commence, where each submission is discussed in-depth and each judge independently re-scores each entry. Individual scores will then be collated and, in the presence of the independent moderators, the finalists and winners for each category will be confirmed. This information is not shared with the judges


If you have entered any of the awards listed below and are shortlisted, you will be invited to present at one of the video Judging Days taking place throughout August.

AV Design Consultancy of the Year
End User Business of the Year
Distributor of the Year
Integrator of the Year
Manufacturer of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Rental, Staging and Production Company 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.