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Online Entry and Judging Software

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Returning Entrants: click here to access your past submissions or select a category from above to make an additional entry.

To access the Judges Portal, you will need to use the credentials sent to you by AAF National.

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the American Advertising Awards competition rules, categories and entry procedures for 2020-2021 have been modified to allow for the possibility of remote online judging.

In some categories, entrants are allowed and/or required to upload additional digital examples of an entry. This is intended to provide more appropriate content for the judges, should a virtual judging solution be necessary. For most categories, there has been no change from prior competition years.

Please carefully follow all online submission guidelines provided within the entry system, in order to ensure that your work is properly represented during all three tiers of the American Advertising Awards competition.

Please note that online judging is approved for THIS YEAR ONLY.

The American Advertising Awards, home of the ADDY® Award, is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through competitions offered through local AAF clubs. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.

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

2021 American Advertising Awards

Click on the links below to see the rules & categories for the 2021 ADDYs:

2020-21 AAA Professional Rules & Categories
2020-21 AAA Student Rules & Categories

2020-2021 Rules Poster

The Akron-Canton American Advertising Awards - ADDY Entries

Professionals and Students:

Due to COVID-19, all work will be submitted and judged online. As a result, entrants will be allowed to upload additional files to ensure work is judged accurately. For example: when entering a complex print piece, you may upload a video walking the viewer through the piece. We will not be accepting physical pieces for the local competition; however, physical copies will be optional for regional and national levels of competition. AAF Akron will make arrangements to procure physical copies of award-winning or forwarded entries.  

To avoid credit card fees, we are only accepting checks. If you need to pay with a different method please email Awards@AAFAkron.com.

On Time:
Submit your online entry before

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6 p.m.
(*Late fees will only be assessed to those completing the online applications after 6 PM Tuesday JANUARY 12.)

Submit your online entry before

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 6 p.m.
(*$35 late fee will be charged to entries turned in after the On-Time date, excluding student entries)


Requirements of each entry:

  • Upload a high-quality image file of the submission (JPG, PNG or PDF)

  • Submit a screenshot for electronic entries such as video, apps or websites

  • Video entries should be in a .MOV or .MPG4 file format and uploaded on the online system along with a 15 second cut of the entry

Cost of Entry

STUDENT: $25 member, $35 non-member, NO late fee

SINGLE: $75 member, $125 non-member

CAMPAIGN: $90 member, $140 non-member

PROCRASTINATOR FEE: $35 added per entry after Jan. 12

If you’re not a member and submit 3 entries or more, the extra fees cover the cost of an individual membership. You may consider joining to save on entry fees, get the member rate for the Awards Ceremony and receive member benefits. 

For more info, visit aafakron.com or email membership@aafakron.com.



2021 American Advertising Awards

For the health and safety of attendees, the award ceremony will be held live online. All winners will receive their ADDY awards after the presentation and a representative from AAF-Akron will be in contact for safe delivery.

Live Online Event

Friday, February 19, 2021, 5 – 9 PM

RSVP AND TICKETS will be available January 2021
More details to come

Contact ADDY Chair Michael K Carlson at Awards@AAFAkron.com