2015 Judging Day

2015 Judging Day

2016/2017 Judging Day

Each year The John Byrne Award invites a team of professionals, all experts in their field, to review our entries and select the winners of our top prize of £1000 and two commendation prizes of £500. This year we are proud to announce that our judges are:

Hamish Matheson (chair of judging panel) - Senior Geologist at Cairn Energy

Alison Gray - Assistant Editor and Magazines Editor at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday

Janine Matheson - Director of Creative Edinburgh

Jacqueline Donachie - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Muslim Alim - Senior producer at the BBC 

Judging Criteria

Personal Exploration (x/10)

·       Comprehension: How clear is the entrant's understanding of their chosen value(s)?

·       Consideration: Has the entrant questioned their chosen value(s) and shown personal growth?

·       Expression: Does the piece itself reflect this understanding and consideration?


Society and Change (x/10)

·       Investigation: Is the piece informed by research into a particular issue or idea?

·       Engagement: Is the piece compelling in its message or argument?

·       Innovation: Does the piece present an alternative approach to current societal values?


Technical Execution (x/10)

·       Intention: Is the piece informed by a deliberate creative concept and process?

·       Execution: How proficient is the entrant in the technical execution of their chosen medium?

·       Impact: Do the artistic qualities of the piece enhance the expression of the entrant's chosen value(s)?