Why can't my judges see any entries?

You've setup judging and notified your judges but they can't see any entries. Here are a few items you can check. 

Judging round

One common occurrence is that the judging round is not open; perhaps the round dates were incorrectly set or were previously set for a testing period. Dates for judging are set at Settings > Judging > Rounds and, if the round is in the future or past, judges will not be able to see entries.


Judging panel

If a panel does not contain entries, judges will have nothing to view. You can check the panel in Settings > Judging > Panels.


If you see zero value in the Entries column, something is wrong in your panel settings. Open the panel and make sure that:

  • the Only include moderation approved entries checkbox is not selected under Entries if moderation is not being used
  • one or more categories are selected
  • if a tag is selected, that entries have been tagged with it 
  • one or more judges are selected
  • the round is selected
Tip: you can add yourself to a panel to test what judges will be able to view, see: How do I test my judging set-up?

Submitted entries

Check that there are submitted entries in the category the judge is assessing. To do this go to Entries > Manage entries, click the Advanced button at the top right, then filter for the category and for Submitted entries. Then click Search. If there are no results then there are no submitted entries to this category.

Judge's email

Check which email address the judge is using to sign in. Some users have multiple email addresses and accounts but the judge user role is only added to one. Make sure the account with the judge user role matches the account they are signing into.

Browser cache

If you've checked all of the above and your judge is still unable to view entries, ask the judge to try performing a hard refresh in their browser window. They might be seeing a cached page which a refresh can fix. You can force your browser to refresh by holding down the shift key on the keyboard and clicking the refresh button in your browser. To learn how clear out all of the browser's cache, check out our guide: Clearing your browser cache.


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