ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS JUDGES
Due to the increased number of submissions - and the logistical impossibility of processing and judging them in the same way we have been - we will be changing how we judge the Art and Olfaction Awards for 2020. This will help us streamline the system, allow more time for judging, and create important structures for planned judge turnover.
INDEPENDENT + ARTISAN:
SHORTLISTING AND FINALS
All judges will blindly select the ten shortlisted finalists in the independent and artisan categories from the pool of submissions. The returning superjudges will also select the winners from the finalist pool.
* Will serve as superjudges
ABOUT OUR JUDGES
The Art and Olfaction Awards jury brings diverse interests, backgrounds and specializations to the very hard task of judging scent. We strive to create a diverse and international jury that is composed of active participants in the scent world, from perfume business insiders to artists; curators to writers, scientists and - of course - perfumers.
We believe that submissions should be judged by a group of people that is able to understand the context for the work submitted in their category - be it the smallest natural perfume house, an international niche perfume brand, or a experimental work that incorporates scent. We also believe that a diversity of interests creates a stronger and more progressive jury. Submissions are judged blindly in the artisan and independent category -- as well as in the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume -- accompanied only by a creative brief.
ABOUT OUR JUDGING PROCESS
The judges for the independent and artisan categories, as well as judges for the Aftel Award for Handmade perfume review the submissions blindly. All submissions are tracked by a number, and nothing else. All the judges see to contextualize what they are smelling is a short text describing the intention for the scent.
The judges for the experimental award category do not review the projects blindly. This is because the projects require supporting material in order for the judges to effectively assess the project. That material often contains identifying information. However, in order to maintain fairness and impartiality, any judges with personal connections to submitted projects will not be able to score those projects.
Please respect our judges' time and privacy - and the integrity of the awards - and refrain from contacting the judges about your submission.
JUDGING CODE OF ETHICS
Judging the Art and Olfaction Awards is a non-renumerated role that should be engaged with as a service to the larger community. A judge is one of a group of arbiters: Together the judges create a consensus that is based on their best and most objective assessments of the submitted perfumes, and experimental projects.
· Respect and follow the judging parameters provided by AOA Management.
· Be constructive in your notes and feedback.
· Do not allow your scores to be influenced by commercial or personal considerations.
· Do not have “off the record” conversations with submitters.
· Do not respond if anybody reaches out in an attempt to influence a score.
· Do not allow personal bias to influence your scores.
· Do not use information obtained during the process for your own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage.
· Do not use information obtained during the process to disadvantage or to discredit others.
· Respect the confidentiality of the judging process, and of the submissions.
· Do not reveal any details of any submission to anyone outside the AOA management team, ever.
· Do not share your opinions with one another during the judging process.
· Declare all potential conflicting interests.
Violation of this code of ethics will result in the invalidation of the judge's scores.