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Online Entry and Judging Software

Don't have an account? Choose an entry category below to begin.

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.

Welcome to your local American Advertising Awards competition.

Online submissions close Friday, January 29, 2021, 6 p.m.

Late online submissions close Monday, February 1, 2021, at 6 p.m. with a late fee
 

NO PHYSICAL ENTRIES THIS YEAR. 

Professional Entry Fees (Please check your records to select correct AAF Membership Status on the entry form):
Professional member -
Single entry: $80.00 // Campaign entry: $100.00

Professional non-member -
Single entry: $125.00 // Campaign entry $130.00

Professionals, if you would like to become a member to receive the discounted pricing on entries please join by visiting:
Mi-Alliance/Membership.

Student Entry Fees:
Student single entry: $35.00 // Student campaign entry: $35.00

IMPORTANT NOTE TO STUDENTS: You must mark “Non-member” as your AAF membership status on the entry form as you are a local club member. If you do not do so you will be charged the professional amount. Information regarding student eligibility and submission entries is located in the section at the bottom of this page.

Be sure to read all instructions thoroughly and carefully. If entries are not submitted properly they will not be judged.

PROFESSIONAL RULES

STUDENT RULES

Credit card payments may be made online upon completing online entries.  

Entry checklist:

  • Complete online entry
  • If you have questions you may email: president@mi-alliance.com or call Trevor at CiesaDesign, 517-853-8877.

Winners will be revealed and honored at the annual Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance awards ceremony.
Awards Ceremony will be virtually held on the 25th of February.
Ticket information available soon.

 


STUDENT ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY SUBMISSION INFORMATION :

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled full or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution

  • Work must be developed specifically for this competition or submitted from previous projects or competitions. Work developed for paying clients will not be accepted with the exception of work created by clubs as fundraisers or work created for student publications.

  • Work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry. Student interns are eligible.

Student Auto-forwarding: GOLD AAA winners will progress from Local Club Competitions and to our 6th District Competition and finally the National Competition with no additional fees to the student. SILVER AAA winners may choose to forward work at their cost with a $40 fee.

ENTRY IDENTIFICATION
No information identifying the entrant should appear on the face of an entry, or within the title of video slates or online URLs for digital submissions.

Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the AAF to use them for publication, exhibition, and marketing of the American Advertising Awards competition and show.

CAMPAIGN ENTRIES
A SINGLE-MEDIUM CAMPAIGN is no less than two and no more than four total pieces in the entry.

An INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN is defined as a campaign or series of ads, commercials or executions that utilize more than one medium. The American Advertising Awards allows entries in all Integrated Campaign categories to submit up to ten executions for judging. Integrated Campaign entries may be accompanied by a written or digital (video) summary not to exceed 250 words (written) or 3 minutes (digital). Digital summaries must be submitted by uploading the video file during the online entry process.

Failure to adhere to these limitations may result in a portion or all of the noncompliant entry to be removed from judging. 

SUBMISSION OF DIGITAL ENTRIES
Entry submission may be made entirely online, including submission of creative assets either via digital file uploads or submission of URLs for judging (carefully follow the submission instructions during the online entry process). Completion of the entry process requires only the online portion of the process—no physical work samples or entry forms are required for submission. 


ONLINE/INTERACTIVE ADVERTISING
For Websites and all Online/Interactive entries, submit the URL addresses. For multiple URLs in a campaign category entry, create a webpage that contains each of the individual links and provide the single URL to your newly created page, i.e.-http://www.somedomain.com/addy_entries.html. Do not submit a URL that leads directly to an “SWF” file.

Judging of online entries will be done online, using the URL whenever possible. URLs should not require any username or password for access. In cases where this already exists, the entrant should create an independent URL. URLs, banners, and menus must not contain any references to the entrant.