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December 16, 2017 - Comments Off on Judging is underway

Judging is underway

After a few months of processing vials, we're glad to say that all the packages have arrived with the judges, and nothing was lost in the mail. We're excited to get to this next stage in the awards, and cannot wait to share the results when we announce the finalists on April 5 at Esxence, in Milan.

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November 12, 2017 - Comments Off on UPDATE: Processing Submissions

UPDATE: Processing Submissions

Well, it's that time of the year again, when we get to un-box and decant hundreds of perfumes from around the world.

We're not into hyperbole and/or poetics, but humour us for a quick second while we state something from the heart: The entire Art and Olfaction Awards team (aka Minetta, Kendra, Maxwell, Julianne, Jeff, Micah and Saskia) feels so honored to be able to process all these wonderful perfumes and projects.

With that, we wanted to take a moment to explain what happens when your submission arrives in the mail.

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April 17, 2017 - Comments Off on Let’s talk about judging bias

Let’s talk about judging bias

We're a few weeks away from the 4th annual Art and Olfaction Awards, and now feels like a great time to post about one challenge we face as an organization: The fairness of our judging process.

In a perfect world, we would identify and persuade 28 people who both have excellent noses AND zero existing relationships in the industry to spend months of their time assessing the submissions for nothing more than an enthusiastic thank you.

However, our world is not quite perfect, and people who understand perfume tend to... well... work in the perfume industry. In other words, pre-existing relationships are a given: There is no reasonable way to avoid them, short of coralling a pack of robots to evaluate the submissions (and even that might create some issues along the way).

We are, however, very aware of a relationship's potential to bias the awards. Although every mechanism has potential flaws (and every year brings us a new exception to what we thought was a hard rule), we do our very, very best to make the awards as fair as possible. Here's how!

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December 29, 2016 - Comments Off on Photos: Judging

Photos: Judging

Cliché: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Truth: It's devilishly difficult to describe a process or an experience in cold prose (not to mention the fact that it would make for a dreadfully boring read). We'll rely on the visual.

What follows are a few snapshots from some of the judging sessions that have taken place at the IAO, so far.

These are still early days: We'll be in the process of judging the submissions for the next few months. But we'll be sure to add updates - as they trickle in - here on our 'news' page.

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December 18, 2016 - Comments Off on Update: Preparing for judging

Update: Preparing for judging

For the curious, what follows is a brief post about this year's new administrative challenges, and resulting changes to our judging process.

Submissions: Packed up and ready to be sent out to the judges

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December 3, 2016 - Comments Off on Processing Submissions

Processing Submissions

The online submissions form has closed and here at the #AOAwards we're deep in the hard work of processing the physical submissions, as they come in. We thought that it would be a good time to write a post about exactly what happens when we receive your samples in the mail.

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January 20, 2015 - Comments Off on Judging: Updates

Judging: Updates

What a busy couple weeks! We've been scheduling judging sessions almost every day, and twelve of the judges have already come in (many of them twice.) We're just over halfway through the preliminary judging, and so thought it might be a good time for an update about the process.

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December 24, 2014 - Comments Off on What happens when your vials arrive

What happens when your vials arrive

All perfumers who submit to the Art and Olfaction Awards are asked to send us four small samples of the scent submitted. We thought we would give a little process update about what happens next!

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