Rules

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The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 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 with 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, professional development, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

Selection of the most creative entries is conducted through a scoring process in which a panel of judges—comprised of accomplished advertising creative professionals—evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A GOLD ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

The American Advertising Awards Student Division is also a three-tier national competition, which is sponsored by the AAF and Ad 2 National. Occurring in conjunction with the professional competition, the Student Awards recognize and reward creative excellence by students. Information on entering the American Advertising Awards Student Division may be found at www.AmericanAdvertisingAwards.com.

How to Enter

Visit addys.aafevv.com to start the entry process. You will be directed to the competition site to register as an entrant. Review the category list in this document or on these websites to find where your work should compete, and follow the simple drop down menus to enter your information. Make sure you credit the members of your creative team, so that they will be recognized properly in press releases and other AAF winner publications.

Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the AAF to use them for publication, exhibition and marketing of the American Advertising Awards competition and show.

Deadlines

All entries must be submitted and received by AAF-Greater Evansville by January 20th, 2017. After preparing your entries in the manner outlined in this guide, deliver the entries, by January 20th, to the Evansville Courier & Press at 300 E Walnut Street Evansville, IN. You must enter your local American Advertising Awards competition (Greater Evansville) to be eligible for district and national judging, it is important that you do not miss this deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

•  All work entered in the American Advertising Awards competition must have first appeared between January 1 and December 31, 2016.
•  With the exceptions of Public Service Advertising and Advertising Industry Self Promotion categories, and student entries, work entered must have been the result of paid creative services and/or media placement in the normal course of business.
•  Entries must be submitted in the CBSA, DMA or MSA where the work was created (as defined by Arbitron or Nielsen for your local market). If multiple Ad Clubs are in the same CBSA, DMA or MSA the Ad Club located nearest to the entrant geographically will be the entry site.
•  In the event there are entrants located in markets not served by a local American Advertising Awards-affiliated show, the acceptance, processing, judging, forwarding and fees of those entries will be decided by the governing body of the district in which the entrant is located. Additional geographic considerations are covered on page 7.
•  For Student eligibility requirements refer to the Student American Advertising Awards Rules & Categories available at www.AmericanAdvertisingAwards.com.

“Real” Advertising

The expressed intent of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the legitimate everyday workplace of advertising. Occasionally, an entry is submitted that appears to have been created outside the conventional agency-to-client-to-media marketing structure, as if the entry was created solely for the purpose of winning an award. This type of work is not accepted.

“New” Creative

To qualify as new creative, the copy must be completely different from that used in any previous ads. The same headline with different body copy does not qualify. Changing dates, locations, times, savings, etc., does not qualify. The illustration or photography can be the same, but the copy (thrust and content) must be new. Some ads present little or no copy. In the instance of no copy (other than time, location, and other basic information data), an ad with a previously used illustration does not qualify. If questionable, the final decision rests with the local, district and ultimately the national American Advertising Awards Committee (N3AC).

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.

Documentation

Should a question arise relative to the eligibility or legitimacy of any entry, the entrant agrees by his/her signature on the entry form to furnish the necessary documentation for review by the  N3AC. Failure to do so can be grounds for disqualification without refund of entry fees. Decisions on eligibility made by the National American Advertising Awards Committee (N3AC) are final.

Entry Fees

AAF Member – Single Entry = $100
AAF Member Campaign Entry = $120
Non-Member – Single Entry = $145
Non-Member Campaign Entry = $170

Early Bird Discount  (entries received prior to January 8th)  = $20 discount per entry

All Entries Must

• Meet all eligibility and deadline requirements.
• Be entered in the correct category and be correctly identified.
• Conform to defined submission requirements.
• Conform to all copyright laws.

Invoice/Manifest  Form

After filling out the entry forms, you will be required to sign an Invoice/Manifest Form, listing all of your entries. This form states that by signing below you:

  1. Verify that the above information is
  2. Acknowledge that proper rights were obtained for use of any elements of the entry that were not
  3. Agree to submit documentation deemed necessary for
  4. Release the entry for Internet, broadcast and/or print (allow reuse of material).
  5. Verify that the entry was created within the local MSA of the

Public Service

Categories for public service entries are located within the divisions that define the creative work performed (for instance Online/Interactive or Print Advertising).

Public service advertising has as its goal the improvement of the public’s health, education and/or welfare. Advertising work done for non-profit social organizations or causes, charities or NGOs should be entered in a Public Service category. Other Public Service submissions include work done for local, state and national governmental bodies, public safety, environmental, diversity, religious and education.

All Public Service advertising, regardless of whether the agency creative and media placement were paid, must be entered in these categories and does not qualify in any other. Individual elements of Public Service advertising may be entered into the Elements of Advertising categories for judging, but note there is no specific Public Service category. Please Note: Public Service entries and Public Service Elements of Advertising entries are not eligible for Best of Show consideration.

Advertising work done for arts and sciences organizations such as museums, science centers, zoos, orchestras, film   and music festivals etc. should NOT be submitted in the Public Service categories but rather must be submitted in the appropriate general advertising categories.

Advertising Industry Self-Promotion

All advertising and special events materials and creative work performed for advertising agencies, advertising suppliers and advertising clubs must be entered in these categories. Categories for Advertising Industry Self-Promotion entries are located within the divisions that define the creative work performed (for instance Online/Interactive or Print Advertising).

Creative Services and advertising supplier/vendor ads created by, or for, an agency that advances the agency’s or supplier/ vendor’s cause (new client acquisition, client retention, education, holiday cards, moving announcements, etc.). Includes, but is not limited to: agencies, design studios, freelancers, graphic designers, interactive developers, writers, illustrators, paper companies, advertising specialty companies, printers, photographers, marketing and public relations consultants or firms, talent agencies, individual actors/actresses/models, video/film and audio production companies.

Entries submitted in advertising industry self-promotion are not eligible in other categories. Individual elements of Advertising Industry Self-Promotion may be entered into the Elements of Advertising categories for judging, but note there is no specific Advertising Industry Self-Promotion category. Please Note: Advertising Industry Self-Promotion entries and Advertising Industry Self-Promotion entries in Elements of Advertising are NOT eligible for Best of Show consideration.

Entry Submission

Physical entries must be placed inside an appropriately-sized envelope. The national American Advertising Awards Committee (N3AC) recommends transparent, plastic envelopes found in most office supply stores and catalogs. Manila- type envelopes may also be used. Please consult with your local club for physical entries as specifications may vary.

If a transparent plastic envelope is used, insert two copies of the entry form securely inside the envelope behind the physical entry. The entry (creative work) should be facing or readable from one side and the entry form facing or readable from the other. Firmly affix the entry number to the BACK of every piece in the entry (use removable entry number tabs from the bottom of printable entry form).

If a manila-type envelope is used, spray-mount the entire entry form and attach to the front of the envelope. Insert a second copy of the entry form inside the envelope. Also firmly affix the entry number to the BACK of every piece in the entry (use removable entry number tabs from the bottom of printable entry form).

If a three-dimensional (3-D) item is small enough, it should be placed inside an envelope, as described above. The entry number label should be securely attached to the bottom of the entry. Insert two copies of the entry form inside the envelope. (If the entry is likely to tear the envelope when removing and replacing it, choose the method listed below.)

When a three-dimensional (3-D) item is over-sized and too large to fit inside an envelope, enclose the item inside an appropriately-sized box. Secure the entry number to the top of the box in the upper right hand corner. An entry number label should be affixed to the bottom of the piece for identifying. Spray-mount the entry form to the bottom of the box and place a second copy of the entry form inside the box.

Campaign entries may be handled in the same manner as above, placing the campaign inside an appropriately sized envelope. Firmly affix the entry number to the BACK of every piece in the entry (use removable entry number tabs from the bottom of printable entry form). Indicate on each label “1 of 2” or “2 of 2,” etc. Include an extra copy of the entry form inside the envelope.

All components of Campaign and Integrated Campaign entries must be entered together in an appropriately sized envelope whenever possible. Firmly affix the entry number to the BACK of every piece in the entry (use removable entry number tabs from the bottom of printable entry form). Label each component with an entry number and include the total components for each campaign, (1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10, etc.).

Entry Identification

Detach the category and entry number labels from the printable entry form generated when you submitted your entry information online. The entry number must be firmly affixed in the upper right corner on the back of all pieces which are in envelopes. In clear plastic or transparent envelopes, place two copies of the entire entry form into the envelope. Label each component of an Integrated Campaign in a similar fashion. No information identifying the entrant should appear on the face of an entry, or within the title of video slates or online URLs for digital submissions.

Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the AAF to use them for publication, exhibition and marketing of the American Advertising Awards competition and show.

Campaign Entries

A SINGLE-MEDIUM CAMPAIGN is no less than two and no more than four total pieces in the entry.

An INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN is defined as a campaign or series of ads, commercials or executions that utilize more than one medium. The American Advertising Awards allows entries in all Integrated Campaign categories to submit up to ten executions for judging. Integrated Campaign entries may be accompanied by a written or digital (video) summary not to exceed 250 words (written) or 3 minutes (digital). Digital summaries must be submitted by uploading the video file during the online entry process.

Failure to adhere to these limitations may result in a portion or all of the noncompliant entry to be removed from judging.

 

Submission of Digital Entries

Digital entries in the Professional Division of the American Advertising Awards are described as follows:

  • Entries in all Online/Interactive categories (#37–47 and 75)
  • Entries in all Film, Video & Sound categories (#48–71)
  • Entries in select Elements of Advertising categories (#85–98)

Entry submission in these categories may be made entirely online, including submission of creative assets either via digital file uploads or submission of URLs for judging (carefully follow the submission instructions during the online entry process). Completion of the entry process FOR THESE CATEGORIES ONLY requires only the online portion of the process—no physical work samples or entry forms are required for submission. However, for ALL OTHER CATEGORIES, a physical entry form and physical samples of the creative work suitable for judging must be submitted as part of the entry.

Online/Interactive   Advertising

For Websites and all Online/Interactive entries, submit the URL addresses. For multiple URLs in a campaign category entry, create a webpage that contains each of the individual links and provide the single URL to your newly created page, i.e.- http://www.somedomain.com/addy_entries.html. Do not submit a URL that leads directly to a “swf” file.

Judging of online entries will be done online, using the URL whenever possible. URLs should not require any username or password for access. In cases where this already exists, the entrant should create an independent URL. URLs, banners and menus must not contain any references to the entrant.

Submission of Entries

Physical submissions are REQUIRED for all entries in the following divisions: Sales & Marketing, Print Advertising, Out-of- Home & Ambient Media, Cross Platform and Categories 79-84 of Elements of Advertising. This includes submission of    a physical copy of the creative work—SUITABLE FOR IN-PERSON JUDGING and two printed copies of the entry form. Failure to comply with these guidelines could result in disqualification. Entries and entry fees should be sent to the address indicated by your local Ad Club competition. All entries become the property of your local Ad Club, district, or the AAF and will not be returned. Do NOT send original or irreplaceable artwork. It will NOT be returned.

Forwarding of Winners

Only work that has won a Gold ADDY or a Silver ADDY in a local Ad Club competition will be eligible for entry into the District competition. Only work that has won a Gold ADDY or a Silver ADDY in a District competition will be eligible for entry into the National American Advertising Awards competition.

Auto-Forwarding

If your entry wins a Gold ADDY at the local Ad Club competition, it will be automatically forwarded to the district competition with fees paid by the local Ad Club. Should the entry win Gold again at the district level, it will be forwarded to the national competition with fees paid by the district.

If your entry is awarded a Silver ADDY at the local or district level, you have won the right to compete at the next level     of competition and may choose to pay the applicable entry fee in order to be forwarded. You will be contacted with information regarding your entries that qualify to be forwarded to the next level of competition, including entry fees, due dates and how to submit payment.

The rules, divisions and categories defined here serve as the official policy for the American Advertising Awards competition and replace all others from previous competitions. The name American Advertising Awards, ADDY and the trophy to which this name refers are protected by a registered trademark owned by the American Advertising Federation. The AAF competition rules, category format and the American Advertising Awards competition name should be used at all levels of the competition.

Judging  Procedures

Judging will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines found on the AAF website. Decisions of judges and the N3AC, including eligibility, qualifications and appropriate category placements, are final.

Geographic  Considerations

Entries may be entered into only one local American Advertising Awards competition, which is determined by the location of the agency or company that created the work. In addition, the piece MUST be entered under the Geographic Considerations of the entrant. In Elements of Advertising, entries may only be entered in the CBSA, DMA or MSA in which it was created by the original creator of the work, not the agency or company that commissioned the work. If an affiliated competition does not exist in the CBSA, DMA or MSA, the district will direct the entrant to the nearest affiliated competition. {Although not recommended, the entrant, if other than the agency/creator, may choose to enter the work on behalf of the creator (examples include, but are not limited to: photographers, illustrators, printers, production companies or clients). In this case, the entrant’s address will determine into which local show the work is entered. It is important, however, that the parties communicate to ensure the work is entered and eligible in only one market. Should a conflict arise and work is entered without knowledge in two markets, the N3AC defers to the rights of the creator in all cases.}

Special Awards

Work entered in the Advertising Industry Self-Promotion or Public Service categories is not eligible for Best of Show consideration. The N3AC suggests the creation of local, district and national Special Judges Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in public service advertising.