The American Advertising Awards

The American Advertising Awards

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The most exciting time of the year has now arrived! Call for entries for the American Advertising Awards is now open. What are the American Advertising Awards? Well, we are glad you asked.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF)’s American Advertising Awards is one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.

The AAF-Black Hills—your local chapter—American Advertising Awards competition is the first of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the AAF alongside 200+ other clubs around the country. Entires that receive the coveted Gold ADDY for being recognized as the highest level of creative excellence are automatically forwarded onto the next tier of the competition. Other entires deserving of recognition for their outstanding level of excellence are awarded a Silver ADDY.

Entry into the American Advertising Awards supports our entire industry, the AAF and its local and district memberships use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as internships, advocacy groups and advertising education.

There are hundreds of categories ranging from photography, film, copywriting, print media, websites, to guerilla marketing. Just take a peak at the categories available for both current industry professionals and future ones.

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How to Enter

Entering into the AAF-Black Hills American Adverting Awards is as simple as one, two, three. Well, it’s a little more detailed than that, but we are here if you have any questions along the way.

All entries are submitted through an online portal that can be found here, once signed in to the portal follow the instructions provided. Further information on eligibility requirements and entry submission can be found here on our website. Submission costs are as follows:

  • Student entry—$30
  • AAF-Black Hills Member entries—$60 single/$80 campaign
  • Non-member entries—$95 single/$115 campaign

Physical entires—after being submitted digitally through the portal—can be dropped off at the Canyon Lake Resort, 2720 Chapel Ln, Rapid City, SD 57702. Please contact AAF-Black Hills Executive Director Carmen Derby at to set up a drop off time.

With the deadline to apply being right after the holidays it is best to get your entries in as soon as possible. Good luck, and go for the GOLD!

Dates to Remember
  • Call for entries—now, hooray!
  • Deadline to enter—January 11, 2019
  • Awards show—February 22, 2019
Past Winners

There are some pretty outstanding creatives in the Black Hills area who now have a little extra street cred to add to their name. Check out the past winners below! Check back in the next week for visuals on the 2018 winners.

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