AWARD has postponed its 2020 AWARD Awards will be postponed in light of COVID-19 developments. Judging of the Awards and announcement of the winners, both scheduled to have taken place at the end of this week, will not go ahead.
Even though AWARD had put in place the technology that would have allowed judging to go ahead on schedule via online platforms, the organisation feels that it is much more important that judges spend the time they need to concentrate on other priorities in the coming days and weeks, from both personal and business perspectives.
“We believe this is the right thing to do given the rapid deterioration in the COVID-19 crisis,” stated AWARD chair, Cam Blackley.
“Our judges are better served if they can attend to their own personal circumstances rather than commit to the voluntary time needed to judge AWARD Awards. Now is the time to focus on more important issues like family. In short, AWARD will have to wait.”
Blackley has acknowledged the hard work the judges have already put into the judging process, including selecting the AWARD Awards finalists.
“This work will not be wasted and we’re looking forward to them resuming their judging roles when we’re given the all-clear,” he stated.
AWARD will continue to take advice from the relevant government authorities and is committed to completing AWARD Awards judging. It will reschedule as soon as it feels right to do so – hopefully before the end of May.
Earlier this month AWARD announced the cancellation of the 2020 AWARD Awards show as well as the postponement of the AWARD 40th Celebration and Creative Festival.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and at the appropriate time will make a decision about when AWARD Awards judging can be rescheduled, along with the AWARD 40th and the Creative Festival,” Blackley added
AWARD School will continue as scheduled – but online. The first lecture was posted on the AWARD School Facebook Workplace platform on Monday March 23. The first online tutorial is scheduled for Thursday, March 26.