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Judging and stewarding

The integrity of Sydney Royal competitions rests in the hands of accomplished, knowledgeable and, most importantly, independent judges.

Judging process

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW engages the most experienced and respected Judges in the industry and endorses the development of future Judges.

The process is overseen by a Chair of Judges and includes separate judging panels. Each panel consists of one Panel Chair, three Judges and one Associate Judges.
Medals are determined by the Judges using the following point scale:

  • Gold medal for outstanding Exhibits gaining 90.0pts and over;
  • Silver medal for excellent Exhibits gaining 82.0pts but less than 90.0pts;
  • Bronze medal for quality Exhibits gaining 74.0pts but less than 82.0pts.

Associate Judges

The Committee has embarked on a path of growing the pool of Judges available and have adopted a rotation policy to refresh the judging panels and give them a different dynamic and capture potential new judges coming through the industry and therefore endorses the development of future judges by offering Associate Judging positions.


Stewards play a valuable part in the judging of each competition and ensure the day runs smoothly through the coordination and preparation of exhibits for Judges. Stewarding is a fantastic way of leaning more about the industry, competitions and the judging process, with opportunities to develop into Associate Judge and Judge roles in the future.

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