Judges from around the world and familiar with DMCs (association and corporate planners, hoteliers, venues, photographers, production companies, agencies, etc.) are then divided into teams and assigned a category to judge. Judges are not permitted to judge a category that contains an entry that is within their same city, state in the US, or country outside the US. Judging is anonymous -- judges do not see any company specific information - only what was submitted via the ADMEI awards website.
Judges are instructed to eliminate a company from consideration if they find any indication of the company name in the supporting documents, including photos.
Each judge logs on to the awards website, has 2 weeks to review the materials presented, and assigns point values for each answered question.