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Information for Texan Judges

Thank you, TAMIO judges, for volunteering to judge our contest entries again this year. We can't say enough about how much we appreciate your efforts. 

How Minnesota's Contest is Judged

You'll receive an email from our judging system asking you to create an account, or perhaps just to log in if you served as a judge last year. Once logged in, you'll see a list of the entries we received in the category or categories you've been assigned to judge. 

You'll be able to read the entry materials and review the uploaded project files and URLs, and you'll be asked to score each entry on a number of issues. We have responded to feedback several TX judges gave us last year and have reduced the number of comments marked as "required." 

That said, we ask that you take a little time to provide some detail in your comments, both encouraging and critical, to help our communicators understand what they are doing well and what they can do to improve. Many of the people who enter our contest consider the judges' comments to be the most valuable reason to enter! It's really that important a part of our contest. Thanks for helping keep it that way. 

One other thing we ask for: at the bottom of each entry form there's a place where you can indicate that an entry should be considered for "Best of Show." Please nominate no more than ONE entry in each category for this honor. It's absolutely fine NOT to nominate any entries for Best of Show. Nominate one only if you think it really stands out as deserving consideration for the honor. Hope that makes sense?

If you're curious, you can check out our Contest Rules for further information about how our entries are ranked, including how tie scores are handled.

Judges should take into account both the professionalism and quality of the entry, and the challenges of producing the entry—the amount of time available between idea and product, budget constraints, and available staff time to carry out the project and so on. 

If a particular category has any special instructions, you'll see them on the judging form for that category.

Thanks again, and let us know if you have any questions: