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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.






Triangle AdFed is accepting entries for the 2020 American Advertising Awards. You've done some amazing creative work this year. Now's your chance to earn some hardware for it.


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

AAF Member Single Entry: $100  |  Campaign Entry: $125

Non-Member Single Entry: $120  |  Campaign Entry: $145

Student Single Entry: $35  |  Student Campaign Entry: $45




1. Download and read the detailed instructions on how to properly enter and package your entries: Professional Rules & Categories or Student Rules & Categories

2. Log-in to the Online Entry Software, or choose "Professional Entries" or "Student Entries" to set-up your account and begin uploading your entries. Links on left side of page. 

3. Submit Non-Digital Entries as either the original work or a high resolution printed copy of the work. Use CLEAR envelopes (found in office supply stores or online), with work showing on one side and 2 copies of the entry form, showing on the opposite side. If neccesary, craft envelopes and boxes for dimensional work will be accpeted. In these cases, please spray mount one of the entry forms to the outside of the envelope or box. Entry numbers must be physically affixed to each physical entry. See drop-off locations below.

4. Submit Digital Entries (for Online/Interactive categories, Film, Video & Sound categories, and select Elements of Advertising categories) entirely online. Carefully review the detailed instuctions.

5. Submit a signed Invoice/Manifest Form with your payment. This form lists all of your entries and shows total cost. You may submit more than once. Entries must be paid for by credit card or check by the deadline date. Checks can be made out to "Triangle AdFed" and should accompany your submission. Submissions are not considered final until payment is received. 

6. Consider becoming a member of the Triangle AdFed and save on your entry fees. Professional members save $20 per entry. Join AAF Now.

7. Drop-off entries, M-F between 9am - 5pm, at the location most convenient to you. Final EXTENDED deadline is 5pm Tuesday, January 14th - Drop-off locations will remain open until 7pm on the final day!

French West Vaughan
112 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Able & Co.
7920 ACC Blvd. / Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27617

Please submit any questions you have to aaawards@triangleadfed.com.




The Best of Show is the top award given to the entry that best represents the mission of the American Advertising Awards competition and the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. (Public Service and Self-Promotion categories are not eligible for Best of Show).

The MOSAIC ADDY Award is given to the entry, from any category, that best exemplifies a spirit of diversity and inclusion. Criteria for this award is a demonstration of understanding of and sensitivity to the needs, concerns and buying practices of multi-cultural audiences.



Corporate Social Responsibility: Corporate Social Responsibility advertising has a goal for raising the public’s awareness of social, ethical and/or environmental issues leading to a positively enhanced corporate image. Corporate Social Responsibility advertising should have a combination of both social marketing with the intent to persuade consumers to adopt behaviors advocated by social, ethical, or environmental cause and corporate image advertising.

All Corporate Social Responsibility advertising must be entered in these categories and does not qualify in any other. Individual elements of Corporate Social Responsibility advertising may be entered into the Elements of Advertising categories for judging, but note there is no specific Corporate Social Responsibility category. 

Pro Bono: Pro bono advertising has as its goal the improvement of the public’s health, education and/or welfare. Advertising work done for non-profit social organizations or causes, charities or NGOs designated as a non-profit and exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) or similar section of the United States Internal Revenue Code should be entered in a Pro Bono category.

All Pro Bono advertising must be entered in these categories and does not qualify in any other. Individual elements of Pro Bono advertising may be entered into the Elements of Advertising categories for judging, but note there is no specific Pro Bono category. Please Note: Pro Bono entries and Pro Bono Elements of Advertising entries are not eligible for Best of Show consideration.

For details on all the categories, please see the complete Professional Rules & Categories.


Please submit any questions you have to aaawards@triangleadfed.com.