A new judging panel is formed each year and judges are invited to the panel by the directors of the APDG. The panel comprises industry professionals from relevant industries and where possible judges will be APDG accredited.

Each entry will receive up to 5 appraisals.

Judges will record their appraisals in the Judging platform using the following standardized criteria:

  • Integrity: the contribution of the design to the excellence of the whole production
  • Quality: depth of subtlety, sophistication, inventiveness, intelligence and/or technical mastery
  • X Factor: special or unique qualities that particularly distinguish the design

There is no limit to the number of award categories each judge may judge.

There is no limit to the number of consecutive years a judge may judge.

Judges will remain anonymous until the announcement of a shortlist of finalists.

Assessment forms will be tallied by the directors of the APDG.


There shall only be one winning ENTRANT in each category.

The shortlisted DESIGN TEAM will have their name and role listed on the APDG website.

The winning DESIGN TEAM will have their name mentioned at the awards event as well as being listed on the awards program and APDG website.


The APDG Awards entry form, eligibility criteria, entering, judging, and announcing processes use the following definitions:

BUSINESS NAME ON TROPHY OPTION: Available to FRIEND members of the APDG. The right to have the name of a business or name of the owner of copyright in the WORK above or in the place of the name of the ENTRANT. Also the right to own, keep and accept the trophy at the Awards ceremony. In a best case scenario the ENTRANT and THE DESIGN TEAM should be onstage during any acceptance when BUSINESS NAME ON TROPHY OPTIONS have been purchased

EMERGING DESIGNER: Up to 5 years of professional practice as a designer OR equivalent experience in a related design role or related industry.

ENTRANT: The name of a FULL member of the APDG, an individual who is the lead designer or the leader of the DESIGN TEAM responsible for the WORK. The individual responsible for compiling the entry, signing the entry form and seeking permission from the production company or owner of copyright in the WORK to enter the awards.  The name on the trophy will be that of the ENTRANT unless the BUSINESS NAME ON TROPHY OPTION is purchased by the owner of copyright in the WORK, in which case the ENTRANT’S name on the trophy is optional.

Exceptions to ENTRANT’S being a FULL MEMBER:

ENTRANTS in the Emerging Designer for Live Performance category may be CONCESSION members.

ENTRANTS in the Student Screen Design category may be CONCESSION members.

ENTRY PACKAGE:  Consists of one folder with three elements:

  • The WORK. The project to be judged (many files)
  • The CLIP (Not judged) (one file)
  • The STILL (Not judged) (one file)

DESIGN TEAM: A maximum of 7 names and their roles as defined by the ENTRANT. This team may consist of APDG members and/or non-members.  When the lead designer (or ENTRANT) is not Australian half or more of the DESIGN TEAM members must be Australian. The names and roles of winning teams will be announced at the APDG Awards event and will be listed in the APDG Awards program and on the APDG website.

The WORK: The project to be judged.

The CLIP: Not judged, a 20-25 second movie or compilation of stills. It will be screened at the APDG Awards ceremony and on APDG Awards related websites if the ENTRANT is shortlisted.

The STILL: Not judged, a JPEG image (300 dpi – 900 pixels wide). That will be used to represent the WORK at the Awards ceremony, on APDG Awards related websites and in media coverage