About / Judging


Winning entries for the Davey Awards are selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The AIVA oversees all judging and maps the strategic direction for the Davey Awards program. The AIVA is a membership-based organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. To learn more about the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, please visit aiva.org. All decisions of the judges are final.


Entries are judged to evaluate distinction in creative work. In determining Gold and Silver winners, entries are judged on their merits based on a standard of excellence as determined by the AIVA, considering the category entered. A category may have multiple Gold and Silver Winners, or may have none. Entries are scored on a ten point scale by the judges. Generally, Gold Winners receive a score of 9.0 or above and Silver Winners receive a score of 7.0 to 8.9. Best in Show selections are made by the Academy from the pool of Gold Winners, based on their scoring and other elements of merit as determined by the Academy. The judges will award 11 Best in Show honors, one for each medium.


Recognition and Notification


Judging for the Davey Awards will be completed in October, and entrants will be notified by email and postal mail as to the status of their entries. Gold, Silver and Best in Show Winners will be sent a Winner’s Notification Packet, and at that time will be provided the opportunity to receive awards to commemorate their honor.