Ultimate guide for judges

The Award Force platform has been engineered with judges like you in mind. The interface is simple and intuitive with easy-to-use elements that allow you to quickly and easily evaluate the entries you've been assigned. Below you'll find some commonly asked questions along with their answers and links to helpful articles.

Note: the terminology and button text may vary based on your program's configuration. For example, 'entries' may have been renamed to 'nominations' or 'submissions'.

 

Registration and login

How do I register for an account?

Though it's likely that a program manager has added you to the platform already, registering for an account is easy! Simply navigate to the URL provided by program organisers, key in the required fields within the 'Register' column and click Register. If additional user fields have been configured, you may be presented with these during the registration process. 

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What if I forgot my password?

If you've forgotten your Award Force password, there's no need to worry. From your program's login page, simply click the Forgot password link within the 'Log in' area as shown below and follow the prompt. For more information check out our Ultimate guide to user passwords.

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If you continue to have issues logging in, contact your program's organisers

How can I change my login information?

You can update your login information at any time by clicking on your name in the top right corner of the page and selecting Profile.

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From here, you can change your email address or set a new 12 character password. 

 

Judging FAQ

How will I know if I have entries to evaluate?

Program organisers may reach out to you through a feature of the platform called broadcasts to alert you of important dates, new entries to evaluate, and more. It's important that, during registration, you opt into broadcasts and notifications for this purpose.

If you've already registered and would like to view or edit your selections, click on your name in the top right corner of the page, select Profile, and open the Preferences tab. 

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You can learn more here: Do I need broadcasts and notifications? Are they important?

Why can I only see 'My entries' when I log in?

It's possible that you've accidentally logged into the platform or registered using a different email address. If you're not sure which email address to use to evaluate your assigned entries, contact your program's organisers

How do I filter my assigned entries?

You can filter the entries you've been assigned by using the 'Browse by category' filter or the 'Advanced' search. 

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The 'Advanced' search also allows you to filter by status, i.e. 'To be scored', 'In progress', or 'Complete'.

How do I know which entries need to be evaluated?

Entries that require your attention will be marked as 'To be scored' in the VIP judging mode...

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or have no decision shown in the Qualifying judging mode.

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You can evaluate these by clicking on the entry's ID number or name, depending on configuration. For instructions on how to evaluate entries, see the sections below. 

What does the 'In progress' status mean?

'In progress' entries have had the evaluation process started, but have not had their requirements fulfilled. For example, a scoring criteria may have been missed or a judging comment may be required.

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Once all requirements have been met, the status will change to 'Complete'. 

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How do I leave a comment?

If commenting has been enabled by program organisers, you'll see a 'Comment on this entry' area at the bottom of the page similar to what is shown below. 

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Do I need to click a save button in order for my scores and comments to save? 

The Award Force platform will auto-save your progress every 20 or so seconds, but we do recommend saving your progress as you go along just in case you lose internet connection. 

How can I print out my assigned entries?

Depending on the configuration of the program's judging, you can print out your assigned entries by clicking the small PDF icon associated with an entry. Additionally, if bulk downloading has been enabled you can click the Bulk download button at the bottom of the page to receive an email containing a .ZIP file of all assigned entries and their PDFs. 

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Can I score offline?

If you've downloaded your assignments as outlined in the previous question, each entry PDF may include boxes for you to pencil in your scores and comments. These scores and comments, however, will need to be added to Award Force platform to be counted.

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I've finished my assignments, what do I do now? 

Once you've completed all of your judging assignments, you're all set! There's no need to submit anything further as your scores and comments have already been saved. 

 

VIP (score based) judging

How do I score entries? To score an entry:
  1. Via the Entries > Judge entries view, click on the entry's ID number or name
  2. Locate the scoring criteria and input a score
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  3. Repeat for additional scoring criteria
  4. Click Save + next to save your progress and move onto the next entry, Save + previous to go back to the last entry, or Save + close to return to the Entries > Judge entries page
How do I change a score? 

To edit a score:

  1. Via the Entries > Judge entries view, click on the entry's ID number or name
  2. Review the content of the entry
  3. Locate the scoring criteria and edit the score
  4. Click Save + close when finished

Editing of completed scores may not be available. Please reach out to your program organisers if you'd like to update a score that has been locked.

 

Top pick judging

Note: the Top pick judging mode is available to accounts on the Pro subscription level and above. 
How do I pick my top entries?

Top pick an entry:

  1. Via the Entries > Pick entries view, click on an entry's ID number or name
  2. Review the content of the entry
  3. At the top of the page, select a pick number if desired or click Previous, Next, or Close
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Picks can also be selected directly from the Entries > pick entries view. 

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How do I change one of my picks?

To edit a pick:

  1. Via the Entries > Pick entries view, click on an entry's ID number or name
  2. Select a new pick number from the top of the page
  3. Click Previous, Next, or Close

Picks can also be edited directly from the Entries > pick entries view. 

 

Qualifying judging

Note: the Qualifying judging mode is available to accounts on the Pro subscription level and above. 
How do I qualify entries?

To make a qualifying decision:

  1. Via the Entries > Qualify entries view, click on an entry's ID number or name
  2. Review the content of the entry
  3. At the top of the page, click Fail or Pass to submit your decision
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  4. Click Previous, Next, or Close
How do I remove or change my qualifying decision?

 To edit a qualifying decision:

  1. Via the Entries > Qualify entries view, click on an entry's ID number or name
  2. Select the decision you'd like to update to
  3. Click Previous, Next, or Close

To remove a qualifying decision:

  1. Via the Entries > Qualify entries view, click on an entry's ID number or name
  2. Click the Undecide link above the decision
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  3. Click Previous, Next, or Close

 

Voting 

Note: the Voting judging mode is available to accounts on the Plus subscription level and above. 
How do I cast a vote?

To cast a vote:

  1. Go to the voting view (the heart icon within the navigation menu on the left)
  2. To view the content of an entry, simply click it's title or the thumbnail image
  3. To cast a vote, click the Vote button near the top of the page
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  4. Click Next to move on to the next entry, Previous to review the last entry viewed, or Close to return to the voting view

Votes can also be cast directly from the voting view by clicking on the Vote button associated with an entry. 

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How do I revoke a vote?

To revoke a vote:

  1. Go to the voting view (the heart icon within the navigation menu on the left)
  2. Click on the entry that you'd like to remove the vote from
  3. Click Unvote near the top of the page
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  4. Click Next to move on to the next entry, Previous to review the last entry viewed, or Close to return to the voting view

 

Getting help

How do I contact the organizers of the platform for support queries? Program organizers will often provide a contact email address or phone number within the platform. Two common places to check for that information would be on the login page in the 'Start here' box or within the content block located on your Entries > My entries page.

Need more help? Get in touch!

We're here to help if you need it. Simply get in touch with our Client Success team through one of the methods available at the base of the page.