The judges were divided into six groups by their areas of expertise, ranging from digital media to charity law. They then came together for a day on 7 June in the boardroom of the Haymarket Media Group, Third Sector's parent company, to thrash out which of this year's 400 entries should win prizes.
Each entrant was given a score and some were the subject of intense and prolonged debate. Between two and six finalists were selected in each of the 23 categories. The organisation, project or individual with the highest mean average score was judged to be the winner. Entrants were awarded high commendations if their score was only a few points behind the leader.
The process of deciding the winners was far from easy - the group judging the categories on the use of digital media and websites had to reconvene on a second day to finalise its decisions.
The winner of the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award was chosen by the Third Sector editorial team. The award is named after Luke FitzHerbert of the Directory of Social Change, who was its first winner. He died in a road accident in 2007.
ANNUAL REPORT, BRAND DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS TEAM:
1. Brian Lamb, consultant and chair, campaign effectiveness advisory board, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
2. Alistair McLean, chief executive, Fundraising Standards Board
3. Leslie Morphy, chief executive, Crisis
COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN, USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA, WEBSITE:
4. Titus Alexander, head of campaigning, Novas Scarman
5. Jeremy Davis, commercial director, Chameleon
6. Peter Kyle, deputy chief executive, Acevo
DIRECT MARKETING CAMPAIGN, FUNDRAISING EVENT, FUNDRAISING TEAM, INNOVATION IN FUNDRAISING, VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
7. Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive, Beatbullying
8. Olga Heaven, founder and director, Hibiscus
9. Ian MacQuillin, head of communications, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association
10. Giles Pegram, fundraising consultant
CHARITY TRADING, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, BEST EMPLOYER:
11. John Hemming, head of tax, Wellcome Trust, and chair, Charity Tax Group
12. Jonathan Lewis, former chief executive, SIB, now chief executive, Bromley Healthcare
13. Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive, Social Enterprise London
14. Uday Thakkar, managing director, Red Ochre
CHARITY PARTNERSHIP, CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP, PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERSHIP:
15. Richard Corden, consultant, Central Lobby Consultants
16. Ciaran Devane, chief executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
17. Gail Scott-Spicer. director of marketing and communications, Scout Association
SMALL CHARITY BIG ACHIEVER, BIG IMPACT, CHARITY CHAIR OF THE YEAR, TRUSTEE BOARD OF THE YEAR:
18. Elizabeth Balgobin. chair, Voice4Change England
19. Mike Hudson, founder and director, Compass Partnership
20. Linda Laurance, consultant
21. Judith Rich, consultant