The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of 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.

Entering the American Advertising Awards supports the entire advertising 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.  At the Cleveland ADDY Awards, we celebrate our vibrant advertising community and honor the year’s biggest ideas and brightest minds in Northeast Ohio.

We will open for submissions on November 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 competition.  We strongly suggest you review the Rules & Categories which can be found here.  You can enter the competition here.  ADDY Sponsor Packages here.

2017-18 Winners

Best of Show
Poster Campaign
Recess Creative
Making Ohio Poster Campaign
Ohio Mfg. Careers Council

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Judges Choice Awards

Cuyahoga County Opioid Task Force

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Integrated Campaign
Brokaw, Inc.
Lake View Cemetery Integrated Campaign
Lake View Cemetery

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Integrated Media Public Service Campaign
Little Jacket
Public is
Cleveland Heights – University Heights City Schools

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See all the winners here

See all the electronic and digital winners

See all the winners in the 2017-18 ADDY Showbook courtesy of Angstrom Graphics.

See all the photos from the show here, courtesy of Wetzler’s Photography.

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