The American Advertising Awards, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 30,000 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 American Advertising Awards – recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local American Advertising Award winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District American Advertising Award 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 American Advertising Award.

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

2019-2020 Winners

Judges Choice #1

Branded Content and Entertainment – Single Entry – More Than :60 Seconds
Above The View


Judges Choice #2

Pro Bono Collateral – Annual Report
Little Jacket
2018-2019 Annual Report
Open Doors Academy

Judges Choice #3

Social Media – Campaign
ninety6 – Progressive
Off My Insurance
Progressive Insurance


Best of Show

Brochure – Single Unit
Flourish, Inc.
Reserve Your Seat
Western Reserve Academy

See all the winners here.

See the Digital winning work here.

See all the National winners here.