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Online Entry and Judging Software

Don't have an account? Choose an entry category below to begin. Logged in users may also click these to submit additional entries.

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 2022-2023 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.

The American Advertising Awards, home of the ADDY® Award, is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 30,000 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.

2022 American Advertising Awards

Click on the links below to see the rules & categories for the 2022 American Advertising Awards:

2021-22 AAA Professional Rules & Categories
2021-22 AAA Student Rules & Categories

2021-2022 Rules Poster - Guidelines for Akron – be sure to read!

2022 American Advertising Awards - Call for Entries:
now through Jan. 12, 6pm

Professionals and Students:

AAF-Akron is planning in-person drop off and judging for the local competition. However, District and National judging will be held virtually. 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.

Work will be displayed electronically so duplicate copies are not needed for the gallery.

FOR INTERACTIVE ENTRIES Those submitting interactive/online and film/video/sound entries, do not need to stop at drop offs. Please mail your signed manifest and payment by check to AAF-Akron c/o Schulte & Company 600 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd Fairlawn, OH 44333

FOR PRINT & 3D ENTRIES Submit one copy of each physical print entry. Deliver, along with your signed manifest and check, to one of the drop offs below.  

EXTRA LIFE ENTRIES Got a great idea that never saw the light of day because it was rejected? You can enter it here in the Local Only category! Open to everyone for $30. Please note, it is not eligible to proceed to the district competition.

Student Early-Bird Drop-Offs:
Dec. 6-10, 9-5pm daily
The University of Akron Myers School of Art, room 103C 150 E. Exchange St.,
Kent State University Creative Lab at Taylor Hall, room 321 300 Midway Dr., Kent


Professional/Student Drop-Offs:
Monday, Jan. 10 4-6pm
Creative Source 4623 Everhard Rd. NW

Monday, Jan. 10 4-6pm
898 Marketing 5721 Shields Rd., Suite A, Canfield

Tuesday, Jan. 11 4-6pm
Myers School of Art 150 E. Exchange St., room 102
(*Late fees will only be assessed to those completing the online applications after 6pm, Tuesday, Jan. 11
No late fees for students.)

Wednesday, Jan. 12 4-6pm
Myers School of Art 150 E. Exchange St., room 102

Competition closes at 6pm on Jan. 12 6 p.m.
(*$35 late fee will be charged to entries turned in after the 6pm, Tuesday, Jan. 11
No late fees for students.)


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. 11 @6pm

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

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.



2022 American Advertising Awards

February 18, 2022
The Akron Civic Theatre

RSVP AND TICKETS will be available January 2022
More details to come

Contact American Advertising Awards Chair Jeff (JD) Dumire at Awards@AAFAkron.com