There are seven categories: best illustrated book; best non-illustrated book; best children’s book; best educational book; best cookbook; best typography; and best cover. There are four judges: convenor Gideon Keith, a book designer; Alan Deare, a book designer; Cameon Gibb, a graphic designer; and Noelle McCarthy, a broadcaster and book reviewer.
Here is the awkward part: Alan Deare is a finalist in four categories, and Gideon Keith is a finalist in one.
PANZ responded here defending their use of potential finalists as judges.
On Facebook an author friend commented:
The part where they say thank you and shake their own hands will be good.