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Join us for our first-ever virtual American Advertising Awards Show. While there won't be any walking of the red carpet or posing for the paparazzi this year, we still plan to make this event as special as possible. Likes years past, the show will be about celebrating the incredible work being produced by the talented Central Minnesota community, and we need you there to make it the best it can be.

FEBRUARY 25th, 2021

DATE: February 25th, 2020
VENUE: Your office, living room, car, wherever - because it's virtual!
TIME: Show begins at 4:30 PM Show ends at 6:00 PM

[Tickets available now.]

Professional Box: $25 - available until 1/29
Student Box: $25 - available until 1/29
Link Only: $10 now until Day of the Show

Purchase Tickets

A Virtual Event to remember.

4:00 to 6:00 PM - SHOW TIME

  • ZOOM waiting room will open at 4:00 PM, feel free to have a cocktail or two before the event starts.
  • Presentation of award winners will begin at 4:30 PM and wrap up by 6:00 PM


We're coming off the year 2020 so matching loungewear sets and dry shampoo are okay, but remember we can still see you, so if you feel like changing it up a bit put on your Sunday best.

You've put in the work.
Now it's time to step
into the spotlight


All work entered in the American Advertising Awards competition must have first appeared in the media between January 1 and December 31, 2020. Work entered must have been the result of paid creative services and media placement in the normal course of business, with the exception of Public Service Advertising; Advertising for the Arts; Advertising Industry Self-Promotion categories, and all student entries. Entries must be submitted in the CBSA, DMA, or MSA of the entrant (as defined by Arbitron or Nielsen for your local market).

Copyright infringement and/or plagiarism (be it intentional or unintentional) will result in the disqualification and, if applicable, removal of awards from any entry deemed in violation. All entry fees will be forfeited.

Click the links below to download the entire category list and official AAF rules for entries. This will guide you to submit your work in the proper categories and assure you've met the entry requirements.

Professional Categories Student Categories



You will be directed to the competition site to register as an entrant.

Please note: All entries this year will be digital/online only as no in-person judging will take place.

  1. Start the entry process by clicking through the professional or student portal.
  2. Create a username and password.
  3. Review the category list to find where your work should compete.
  4. Add, review and upload entries.
  5. Make sure you credit the members of your creative team, so they will be properly recognized.

Important note: Once you checkout and select your payment choice, you will no longer be able to edit your entry/entries. You can add entries to your cart and process your payment once all entries are finalized at the very end of your submittal process.

Anyone can be a celebrity,
so long as they submit.


After filling out the online entry forms for each of your entries, a Manifest Form will be generated listing all of your entries. This form states that by signing you:

  1. Verify the information on the form is accurate.
  2. Acknowledge proper rights were obtained for use of any elements of the entry that were not original.
  3. Agree to submit documentation deemed necessary for review.
  4. Release the entry for Internet, broadcast and/or print (allow reuse of material).
  5. Verify the entry was created within the local MSA of the competition.
  6. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the AAF to use them for publication, exhibition, and marketing of the ADDY show.

You can't put a price on proper recognition.


Fees can be paid online during submission with credit card or be invoiced and paid by check (made payable to: AAFCM).

Professionals Students
Single Entry (AdFed Member) $55.00 $35.00
Single Entry (Non-Member) $95.00 $50.00
Campaign Entry (AdFed Member) $95.00 $45.00
Campaign Entry (Non-Member) $155.00 $65.00


  • Meet all eligibility and deadline requirements.
  • Meet all eligibly and deadline requirements.
  • Be entered in the correct category and be correctly identified.
  • Payment in full (either via check or online payment).
  • Conform to defined submission requirements and all copyright laws.

Give your work
the chance to shine.

ENTRIES DUE: Friday, January 15, 2021 by 5 PM.


Only Gold or Silver American Advertising Award winners in a local competition will be eligible for entry into the district competition.

Only Gold or Silver American Advertising Award winners in a district competition will be eligible for entry into the national American Advertising competition.

Local Gold American Advertising Award winners will be automatically forwarded to the district competition (fees paid by AAF-Central Minnesota). District Gold winners will be forwarded to the national competition (fees paid by District 8). Silver American Advertising Award winners at the local OR district level have the option of competing at the next level. If you choose to do so, you must pay a $75 entry fee.

Return of entries is NOT guaranteed. Comps, original photographs, illustrations, etc., all become the property of the AAF and will not be returned.

Don't wait until graduation to get your honors.


The Student American Advertising Awards is also a three-tier national competition, which is sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2. Occurring in conjunction with the American Advertising Awards, the Student Awards recognize and reward creative excellence by students.

All work submitted in the Student American Advertising Award Competition is subject to the same rules, processes, guidelines and submission requirements as the professional entries and competition – all previously mentioned. (Note: Work created for the National Student Advertising Competition [NSAC] will be eligible for entry into the Student American Advertising Awards in the year following their presentation.)

In addition to this information, please note the following:


Applicants must be enrolled full or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution. Work may be developed specifically for this competition or submitted from previous projects or competitions. Work developed for paying clients will not be accepted with the exception of work created by clubs as fundraisers or work created for student publications.

Work must be created while entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry. Student intern work is eligible if it is not used by or paid for by a client. Work developed for paying clients will not be accepted with the exception of work created for clubs as a fundraiser or work created for student publications. Entries may be entered into only one local Student American Advertising Awards competition, which is determined by the location of the school at which the work was created. If an affiliated competition does not exist in the CBSA, DMA or MSA, the district will direct the entrant to the nearest affiliated competition. Recent graduates are eligible to enter as long as the entry was created while a student during the 2019 calendar year and the entry meets all other requirements.


Students receiving a Gold award will be forwarded to the district and national competition at no cost to the student. Entries receiving a Silver award may advance to the district or national competition by paying a $20 entry fee.

Thank you
to our sponsors.

A sincere thank you goes out to the following businesses who made this call for entries and marketing of the event possible through their generous donations:

  • Copywriting by 2020 American Advertising Award Committee
  • Website and email campaign by Meta 13
  • Facetime Business Resources for printing event invitations.
  • Horizon Roofing for the use of their Zoom account.

Please direct any questions to the following American Advertising Awards board members:

Taylor Sellnow