Best of Show, Award of Merit, and Ties
Scores will be averaged to one or more decimal points which should eliminate most ties.
Online Judging: If the two or more images receive the same highest point total, the judges will confer to determine the Best of Show and the other image will be the Award of Merit.
If two or more images tie for an award of merit, then all will be given an award of merit. If an image is the only entry in a category, it must receive at least a score of 19 to receive Best of Show. A score of 18 or below will receive an Award of Merit.