The American Advertising Awards are coming! Submit your nominations by Jan. 29

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The American Advertising Awards are Feb. 26, 2021. Photo via AAF Birmingham/Taken before COVID-19

February 26 marks the return of the American Advertising Awards—the American Advertising Federation’s award ceremony that celebrates the sharpest and most creative minds in advertising. But they need your entries by January 29 to make it happen. Here’s everything you need to know.

This Year’s Event

Due to COVID, the American Advertising Awards will be virtual this year with hosts bringing you the action live from the Alys Stephens Center. Competition rules, categories and entry procedures have been modified to all for remote judging.

The American Advertising Awards will be held on February 26 with virtual cocktails at 6PM and the virtual ceremony at 7PM.

Tickets will be available soon.

About the American Advertising Awards

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Who will win a 2021 American Advertising Awards? Photo via AAF Birmingham

Hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the American Advertising Awards is one of the largest creative competitions of the advertising industry. Each year, the competition attracts nearly 35,000 professional and student entries across the nation. 

Its mission is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. 

All you have to do is click here to enter your favorite professional or student work by January 29 at midnight. Here’s a look at some of the nomination categories:

  • Film, Video & Sound
  • Online/Interactive
  • Out-of-Home & Ambient Media
  • Political Advertising
  • Print Advertising
  • Public Service
  • Sales & Marketing

Submission Entry Prices:

  • AAF members: Single Entry, $75 | Campaign, $85
  • Non-members: Single Entry, $100 | Campaign, $110
  • Students: Single Entry, $30 | Campaign, $40

How are winners chosen?

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And the winner is… Photo via AAF Birmingham/Taken before COVID-19

After nominations have been submitted, a panel of four judges votes on winners from each American Advertising Award’s category. Judges are comprised of accomplished advertising creative professionals from different markets around the country like Illinois, Michigan and Texas. Who exactly the judges are though is top secret, so mum’s the word.

The deadline to submit your nominations to the American Advertising Awards is Friday, January 29 at midnight. 

Each American Advertising Awards Entry Makes an Impact

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The 2020 American Advertising Awards. Photo via AAF Birmingham/Taken before COVID-19

Did you know that entering the American Advertising Awards makes an impact on the entire advertising industry? It’s true.

The American Advertising Federation and its local affiliates use proceeds from American Advertising Awards entries to enhance advertising through a number of programs, including:

  • Advertising education
  • Advocacy groups
  • Consumer awareness
  • Internships
  • Professional development
  • Public service

So forge ahead and submit those entries. The deadline is Friday, January 29 at midnight. 

Curious who won the 2020 American Advertising Awards? Find out here.

Want to sponsor the American Advertising Awards? Check out sponsorship opportunities here.

Don’t Miss the Celebration!

Mark your calendars for February 26 for virtual cocktails at 6PM and the virtual ceremony at 7PM. Tickets available soon.

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