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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.

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.

Tucson Top 50, 2020 American Advertising Awards

Thanks to our event sponsors: Arizona Daily Star, Bustos Media, Desert Leaf, Cumulus Media, Biz Tucson

The American Advertising Awards celebrate and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising, amongst both professionals and students. At the Tucson Top 50, 2020 American Advertising Awards, The American Advertising Federation- Tucson will honor creative work produced in our market in 2019. Fifty-five awards will be given out to the most creative entries, 50 professional awards and 5 student awards.

Conducted annually by AAF, our local Awards is the first of a three-tiered, national competition. Entry in our local competition is your 1st step toward winning a National ADDY trophy. The Student Division is also a three-tiered national competition, sponsored by AAF and Ad 2. Occurring in conjunction with the professional competition, the Student American Advertising Awards recognizes and rewards creative excellence by students.

We invite you to be part of this exciting event where we celebrate Tucson’s creativity in advertising. 


The local entry deadline is January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

2020 Award Competition Rules & Categories 
AAF Tucson PROFESSIONAL Rules & Categories
AAF Tucson STUDENT Rules & Categories

Please note: If you are submitting a non digital (print, outdoor, etc) item: all entries are being judged digitally for the local competition. You will need to uplaod a mock up of your printed item. The entry system says you need to submit physical copies but these are NOT required for the Tucson competition. Should your piece go on to the District competition, we will reach out and request physical entries. For TV spots and videos, please format your entry as H264, 1920x1080. This will be high enough quality to be shown at the event while keeping file sizes manageable for our judges to download. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Lorie Anderson at membership@aaftucson.org or 520-975-0929. 

Register each of your entries online, and submit them digitally. If print entries are awarded in the Top 50 you will need to provide print samples for the District 12 competition by March 10, 2020.  AAFTucson will automatically send the Top 20 (i.e. Gold ADDY Award) winners with no additional entry fees due. The remaining Top 50 are considered Silver ADDY Award winners and can be forwarded at the entrant’s own expense.

District Gold and Silver District winners will be eligible to compete at the national level. Gold District winners will be automatically forwarded and Silver District winners will be notified by AAF of their eligibility to compete.

Visit the ADDY page on our website for additional details.

Mark your calendar now for the 39th Annual Tucson’s Top 50 American Advertising Awards at Rail Yard, Tuesday March 3, 2020.  

Buy your event tickets here! BUY ADDY TICKETS

Visit the events page aaftucson.org for more details as soon as they become available.