The ESTA Awards are overseen by 12 independent jurors in two groups who judge several categories in line with their expertise.
There are two chairmen – one crane- and one transport-related. The whole operation is overseen by the Jurors’ Coordinator.
Entries are submitted to the ESTA office manager who passes them all to the Jurors’ Coordinator. The Jurors’ Coordinator decides whether the entry should be accepted, refused or whether more information should be requested.
All accepted entries are converted into pdfs as most of the files sizes are very large. They are then put on a special secure website, accessible only to jury members from the day the judging process starts.
The jury members score the entries from 1 to 10 on an excel form, adding any comments, according to the criteria set out in the rules and regulations.
The quality of the entry is of great importance. A clear description is vital for the jury to ascertain the quality of the entry.
On the basis of the scores submitted, a committee consisting of the two chairmen and the Juror Coordinator agrees a maximum of 4 finalists in each category, one of which will be the winner.
In case two or more entries finishing equal, the jury committee decides on the ranking.
The decisions of the jurors and the jury committee are final