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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.

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS.  

PLEASE READ BOTH GUIDELINES BEFORE CONTINUING.  

2020 AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS RULES & GUIDELINES  NOTE: THE AUSTIN ADDY LOCAL JUDGING WILL BE ONLINE ONLY. 

AUSTIN ENTRY GUIDE  NO PHYSICAL ENTRIES WILL BE NEEDED FOR THE LOCAL AUSTIN COMPETITION.

This is critical information you need to know regarding how to enter as well as definition of categories. These guides should be printed out, read and used as a guide in preparing your entries. Please note there have been changes to the Rules and Categories for 2020. See the Professional Rules & Categories and Student Rules & Categories on the American Advertising Awards page of the national site. Changes for 2020 are in red.

FAQ's

ALL entries, including physical, broadcast and digital, MUST be uploaded into the ADDY software regardless of category and will be judged from the Judging Portal of the site.  No physical work samples will be accepted for the local Austin competition. There is no maximum file size. For best viewing of PDFs, upload a reduced size PDF.

Uploads will also be used in the ADDY program book and award shows on the local, district and national levels.  IF YOU FAIL TO UPLOAD A COPY OF YOUR ENTRY OR CREDITS, YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM BOOK OR SHOW.  You will not have the opportunity to upload after your entries have been submitted. 

The file format for uploading most entries, including screen shots, is high res PDF. For best viewing of PDFs by the judges, upload a reduced size PDF.

For digital entries, digital files or URLs may be uploaded. Screen shots MUST be uploaded for all DIGITAL entries. 

Credits:
 Remember that credits are not just for the local use, but for district and national as well.  All credits must be included at the time of your entry submission. Please proof carefully and use proper punctuation. YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD OR MAKE CHANGES TO CREDITS AFTER YOUR ENTRIES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED.

Entry Deadlines:

Early Entry Deadline: December 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

**Late fees apply starting December 21, 2019 at 12 a.m.

Additional $25 fee for Professionals  -  Additional $15 fee for Students

Final Entry Deadline: January 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL ENTRY FEES

$105 per Early entry for Professional Members

$135 per Early entry for Professional Non-Members

$130 per Late entry for Professional Members

$160 per Late entry for Professional Non-Members

STUDENT ENTRY FEES

$40 per Early entry for Members

$50 per Early entry for Non-Members

$55 per Late entry for Members

$65 per Late entry for Non-Members

2020 American Advertising Awards Event: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at The Line Hotel.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Contact Debra Cleveland at info@austinadfed.com or 512-997-9994.