It’s been a long five days in the jury room and today was the day the shortlist had to finally come together.
After a marathon 12 hours of judging on Saturday, we left The Palais late in the evening.
It was the first time the entire jury had come together after individual and small group judging. This meant it was the first time we had seen the proposed shortlist across all the categories. Probably the best way to describe it is like the process of responding to a new business pitch: you receive the brief, get clarity about what needs to happen then each member of the team goes away and works on the content they agreed to. But then when you bring all that content together and sit down for the first to see what you have got – what brilliance has emerged – you find there is still a long way to go.