About the American Advertising Awards (formerly “ADDYs”)

The American Advertising Federation’s ADDY® Awards Competition

The ADDY® Awards are the creative industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 60,000 entries every year in local ADDY competitions. The mission of the ADDY competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising, graphic design, web design, and in the elements of advertising, illustration and photography.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local ADDY® Awards is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 15 District competitions – we are within District 15 that encompasses Southern California and Southern Nevada. District winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national ADDY® Awards competition. Entry in your local ADDY® competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY®.

Entering the ADDY® competition supports our entire industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

Selection of the most creative entry in each category is effected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. In each category, a GOLD ADDY® is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY®. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

The Student ADDY® Awards is also a three-tier national competition, which is sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2. Occurring in conjunction with the prestigious ADDY® Awards, the Student ADDY® Awards recognize and reward creative excellence by students.

Copyright infringement and/or plagiarism (be it intentional or unintentional) will result in the disqualification and, if applicable, removal of awards from any entry deemed in violation. All entry fees will be forfeited.

The 2012 ADDY Awards Gala is just around the corner. Learn more about the 2012 ADDY Awards Gala and buy your tickets for this fun filled evening!