JUDGES

The Art and Olfaction Awards jury brings diverse interests, backgrounds and specialisations to the very hard task of judging scent. We strive to create a diverse and international jury that is composed of active participants in the scent world, from perfume business insiders to artists; curators to writers, scientists and - of course - perfumers.

We believe that submissions should be judged by a group of people that is able to understand the context for the work submitted in their category - be it the smallest natural perfume house, an international niche perfume brand, or a experimental work that incorporates scent. We also believe that a diversity of interests creates a stronger and more progressive jury.

Submissions are judged blindly in the artisan and independent category, accompanied only by a creative brief.

Read more about our judging system in this blog post from 2015.

FIFTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARD JUDGES
INDEPENDENT CATEGORY: SHORTLISTING COMMITTEE

These judges will select the ten shortlisted finalists in the independent category from the pool of submissions.

Andy Tauer (Switzerland)
Antonio Gardoni (Italy)
Christopher Gordon (USA)
Grant Osborne (UK)
Harald Lubner (Germany)
Sarah McCartney (UK)
Ulrike Knöll (Germany)

 

ARTISAN CATEGORY: SHORTLISTING COMMITTEE

These judges will select the ten shortlisted finalists in the artisan category from the pool of submissions.

Andreas Wilhelm (Switzerland)
Bibiana Prival (USA)
Dana El Masri (Canada)
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (USA)
Josh Meyer (USA)
Matthias Janke (Germany)
Spyros Drosopoulos (Netherlands)

INDEPENDENT & ARTISAN: FINALS COMMITTEE

These judges will select the winners in the Artisan and Independent categories, out of the shortlisted perfumes.

Denyse Beaulieu (France)
Helder Suffenplan (Germany)
Katie Puckrik (England)
Luca Turin (Greece)
Mark Behnke (USA)
More judges TBA

SADAKICHI AWARD: SHORTLISTING + FINALS

These judges will select the five finalists and the winner from the pool of experimental category submissions.

Ashraf Osman (Switzerland)
Caro Verbeek (The Netherlands)
Darin Klein (USA)
Simon Niedenthal (Sweden)
Zoe Crosher (USA)
One judge TBA

FOURTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARD JUDGES
INDEPENDENT CATEGORY: SHORTLISTING COMMITTEE

These judges will select the ten shortlisted finalists in the independent category from the pool of submissions.

Andy Tauer (Switzerland)
Annick Le Guérer (France)
Denyse Beaulieu (France)
Harald Lubner (Germany)
Mark Behnke (USA)
Matthias Janke (Germany)
Steven Gontarski (USA)

 

ARTISAN CATEGORY: SHORTLISTING COMMITTEE

These judges will select the ten shortlisted finalists in the artisan category from the pool of submissions.

Antonio Gardoni (Italy)
Ashley Eden Kessler (USA)
Bruno Fazzolari (USA)
Cristiano Canali (Italy)
Dana El Masri (Canada)
Sherri Sebastian (USA)
Yvettra Grantham (USA)

INDEPENDENT & ARTISAN: FINALS COMMITTEE

These judges will select the winners in the Artisan and Independent categories, out of the shortlisted perfumes.

Christophe Laudamiel (USA)
Helder Suffenplan (Germany)
Katie Puckrik (England)
Luca Turin (Greece)
Mandy Aftel (USA)
Michael Edwards (UK/Australia)
Sarah Horowitz-Thran (USA)

SADAKICHI AWARD: SHORTLISTING + FINALS

These judges will select the five finalists and the winner from the pool of experimental category submissions.

Andrew Berardini (USA)
Ashraf Osman (Switzerland)
Caro Verbeek (The Netherlands)
Kaya Sorhaindo (Germany/USA)
Kóan Jeff Baysa (USA)
Matthias Tabert (USA)
Simon Niedenthal (Sweden)
 

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A NOTE ON OUR JUDGING PROCESS

The judges for the independent and artisan categories will be reviewing the submissions blindly. All submissions are tracked by a number, and nothing else. All the judges see to contextualize what they are smelling is a short text describing your intention for the scent.

The judges for the experimental award category do not review the projects blindly. This is because the projects require supporting material in order for the judges to effectively assess the project. That material often contains identifying information. However, in order to maintain fairness and impartiality, any judges with personal connections to submitted projects will not be able to score those projects.

Please respect our judges' time and privacy - and the integrity of the awards - and refrain from contacting the judges about your submission.