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.

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Important dates

Deadline to enter – January 12, 2018
Physical entries received by – January 15, 2018
Judging – January 19-20, 2018
ADDY Awards Show – February 22, 2018

Enter here.

2017-18 Rules & Categories can be downloaded here.

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2016 Winners

Best of Show
Chef’s Garden Website
Chef’s Garden

Judges Choice Awards

flourish, Inc.
EXL Poster (Woman)
University of Akron

Advertising Industry Self-Promotion
Favorite Brother Instagram Posts
Favorite Brother

Public Service (Film, video, sound)
Goldfarb Weber Creative Media
Our Hope For The Future
Boys Hope & Girls Hope of NE Ohio

See the ADDY Showbook here courtesy of Angstrom Graphics.

See the entire ADDY photo album here, courtesy of Wetzler’s Photography.

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