Hmm… how to say this? It’s difficult to choose the right words, I’ll make it as brief and to the point as I can.
Andrew, as intelligent, brilliant and accomplished as you are, I wouldn’t want you to judge my work.
If you want to be taken seriously you need to employ two or more industry ‘elders’, professionals with one or two decades of experience and track record. These two or more people need to join you on the judging panel. Then it is still your site, your competition, you do take part in judging, and it’s also your discussion that follows once winners are known.
Failing to do so will damage your reputation and the reputation of those taking part. You don’t want to be known as an upstart, an upstart judge of all things, even if a bit of a frightfully prodigious one.
With that, good luck with the present competition, it should be fun. But for 2012, let it be better. As the movie says ‘Get on the phone and start making some calls!’
I say this with much love and admiration and I hope it reaches you well.