The judging is divided into three categories: Interview, Swimsuit and Formal Gown. The judges are looking for an all-around girl in each age group. She may not be the most outstanding in any one category but yet she will score highly in all categories. The winners will have everything - poise, personality, intelligence and beauty.
In addition to choosing the new MISS KEMAH and MISS KEMAH TEEN, other awards to be presented (in each age group) are:
- Miss Photogenic (to be selected from photos in the program book and in-person judging)
- Evening Gown Winner (to be announced during the Preliminary Show)
- Swimsuit Winner (to be announced during the Preliminary Show)
- JuCan Spirit Award (Miss Congeniality) (to be announced during Final Show & selected by the contestants)