Judging takes place in two rounds:
Judges are recused from judging their own work, or work that presents a conflict of interest. In round 2, recused judges are physically absent and do not participate in the discussions. In facilitating round 2, the Jury President will be assisted by three additional jury chairs. To ensure neutrality, neither the president nor chairs judge entries. Their role is to manage the judging process, and to ensure fairness and equal application of the entry criteria and competition rules.
Based on the criteria, entries are narrowed down to a shortlist before final evaluation by the judges. This shortlist will be released prior to the Bookmarks show.
The final score then determines their qualification for bronze certificates, or silver, gold or perspex (for special honours) pixels.
Shortlisted entries do not automatically qualify for an award. Self-promotional work will not be eligible for gold pixels.