The Judging Process for the Davey Awards


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Davey Awards

For the past several years, Heidi Jewell has managed client relationships and digital campaigns as the senior account manager for VOCO Creative in Denver, Colorado. The former Nashville editor for NYLON Magazine, Heidi Jewell of Denver has earned several awards over the course of her career, including the 2016 Davey Award for website design.

Designed for small agencies, the Davey Awards are given out to companies and individuals who demonstrate excellence within the visual and creative arts field. These awards are judged by top-tier professionals who belong to the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an invitation-only organization made up of top advertising, marketing, and media leaders.

The AIVA carefully evaluates Davey Awards entries based on a standard of excellence that the organization has set. Winners are divided into gold and silver categories, depending on each entry’s creative merits. Most gold winners receive a score of at least 9.0 on a 10-point scale, while silver winners score between 7.0 and 8.9.

Once entries have been assigned a score, the AIVA makes best in show selections. These selections are typically made from the group of gold winners and are based on both scoring and other aspects of each entry’s merit. The organization selects 11 best in show honors that are given out for each of the 11 possible mediums.

Judges complete the judging process in October of every year and all entrants receive an email and postal mail notification that informs them of the status of their entry. Meanwhile, award winners are sent a winner’s notification packet.


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