Moving entries between judging stages and selecting winners

For programs with multiple stages of judging, the time will come to move entries between those stages and ultimately name a winner (or winners). Below you'll find instructions on how to monitor your judging, select finalists, and choose your winner(s). 

Judging progress

Once a judging stage is nearing completion, you can check your judge's progress in the Manage workspace by going to Judging > Progress. This page offers a breakdown of your judges per score set, the number of entries they've been assigned, and their completion percentage. For more information, see our dedicated guide: Judging progress view.


Tip: accounts with a Pro subscription and above can broadcast to judges from this page and encourage them to complete their assignments.

Judging results

The leaderboard, found by opening the Manage workspace and navigating to Judging > Leaderboard, is where you can find a list of entries and judging results for all categories. The default ordering shows the entries from highest to lowest score, most votes to least votes, etc. You can reorder the entries by clicking on the title in the table header.

For more information about the leaderboard, check out this article: Ultimate guide to the judging leaderboard.

Note: you may need to recalculate the judging leaderboard to reflect any new judge scores or decisions.

With Award Force, the criteria for selection of shortlisting, finalists, and winners is completely flexible. It’s up to you to interpret the judging stage results and then apply tags to entries that record the outcome of the judging stage. Those tags can then control, e.g.:

  • Entries that move to another judging stage
  • Awards, like badges and certificates, that are given to entries
  • Which entries may appear in galleries

Progress finalists/shortlisted entries to another stage of judging

  1. From the Manage workspace, navigate to Judging > Leaderboard
  2. Click the checkboxes next to the entries that should progress to the next stage
  3. Click the Tag button
    Tip: to learn more about tags, see: Ultimate guide to tags.
  4. Input your desired tag into the resulting field
  5. Click Tag
  6. Go to Judging > Panels
  7. Create a New panel
  8. In the Entries section, select your relevant category(ies) as well as the tag you just created—this will limit entries visible to the panel to only those entries from the specified category(ies) with the selected tag
  9. Configure the other sections of the panel; see: Create a judging panel
  10. Click Save
Important: a score set and round are needed for every stage of judging. 

Apply tags to indicate a judging outcome

  1. In the Manage workspace, go to Judging > Leaderboard
  2. If you have more than one score set, choose the desired score set from the Score set drop-down
  3. Filter by category using the search filter
  4. Click the checkboxes next to the entries that should progress to the next stage
  5. Click the Tag button
  6. Input your desired tag into the resulting field
  7. Click Tag
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each category as needed
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