The American Advertising Awards is the industry’s largest competition and recognizes creative excellence in the art of advertising. The AAA’s is a three-tiered national competition starting at the local level, where you vie for recognition as the very best in the Cedar Valley. Entering your local ADDY competition is the first step toward winning a National ADDY.


Bragging rights are granted to each company (or individual) upon winning. The winner is entitled to one year of shame-free boasting.


Looking for a reason to call clients? Nothing works better than telling them their project just won an award and is moving on to district competition.


Entering the AAA’s helps enhance advertising through programs such as public service, advocacy groups, and consumer awareness.

Rules and Cateories

The American Advertising Awards rules and categories have been updated for the 2015-16 awards. Download the latest version to ensure your work is entered in the correct category.

Professional Rules and Categories Student Rules and Categories


December 15 – Competition opens
January 15 – Competition closes
February 26 – Winners announced at ceremony

Special Awards

Silver Medal AWARD

Know someone who has made outstanding contributions to adverting and furthered the industry’s standards and creative excellence?

Nominate them for the Silver Medal award


Know someone who’s made a big impact on the advertising community, but who hasn’t had enough lifetime to qualify for a Lifetime Achievement Award?

Nominate them for the AAF Cedar Valley MVP award

Member Pricing

Single Entry $60
Campaign $70
Student $20

Non-Member Pricing

Single Entry $120
Campaign $140
Student $25