Final Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020 

Each year, the American Advertising Federation recognizes some of the best creative work in the country. As a three-tiered creative competition, entrants must first compete on a local level through an affiliated AAF chapter (ie: the Atlanta Ad Club).

Work awarded a GOLD or SILVER at the local level can advance to the second tier, the AAF District 7 competition.

Recipients of GOLD and SILVER awards at the district level can advance to the national competition, where winners are presented at the national AAF convention.

About the ADDYs

The American Advertising Awards® (AAA), also known as the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) competitions. The mission of the AAA competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the AAF, the local ADDY is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win an AAA – recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local AAA winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District AAA winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage level. Entry in your local AAF chapter competition is the first step toward winning a national AAA.

Entering the American Advertising Awards supports the entire advertising industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

When is the Awards Show?

The annual awards show honors the creative work of the previous calendar year. Join us for the show February 27, 2020. Location to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

How Do I Win An ADDY?

Selected judges evaluate the winning work through a scoring process. All entries are evaluated independently, which means there may not be a winner in every category if the entry does not score high enough.

A GOLD ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY.

The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

Who Can Enter?

This competition is open to all creative services and industry suppliers including but not limited to advertising, graphic design, photographers, printers, newspaper, radio, television, web, marketing and communication professionals as well as students studying in these areas. The submission must be work created locally.



Member pricing:

  • Campaign: $165
  • Single: $150

Non-Member pricing:

  • Campaign: $200
  • Single: $185


Become a member and save! More information here.

What If I’m A Student?

The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at the local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.

Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited local educational institution. Student interns are eligible to enter. Submit work developed specifically for this competition or from previous projects or student contests (work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry). Paid work done by a student is ineligible.



  • Campaign: $25
  • Single: $30

Become a Sponsor

We could not host this wonderful celebration without the help of our sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact [email protected].

Become a Member and Save!

Interested in becoming an Ad Club Member to save on submissions? Our members receive discounted rates on ADDY submissions plus perks year-round, including complimentary tickets to most events.  Click here for more information!

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