deadline TO ENTER: January 28, 2022
Late Deadline: Feb. 4, 2022 (subject to Late fee)
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Competition Entry Fees
about the competition
The American Advertising Awards – San Diego Competition
The American Advertising Awards – San Diego Competition is part of the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising in both local markets and nationwide. The competition is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation and represent the true creative spirit of advertising by recognizing all forms of advertising from all types of media, created by all sizes and types of entrants, from anywhere in the country. There are now about 30,000 total annual entries into the competition.
NOTE: DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, NO PHYSICAL ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED THIS YEAR. ALL ARTWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
BRAGGING RIGHTS AWAIT
The American Advertising Awards are unique among all advertising creative competitions. It is the only competition that includes three rigorous levels of judging. The San Diego competition is one of about 200 local competitions throughout the nation. Entries are first judged at a local level. Local winners advance to one of fifteen district competitions. Finally, district winners advance to the national finals. Awards are given to winners at all three levels of the competition: locally, district wide and nationally.
Gold winners from the San Diego professional and student competitions will automatically move on to the district competition. Silver and Bronze winners may choose to move to the district competition if the entrant pays the district entry fee. The district competition includes winners from the competitions from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Coastal California (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties), Inland Empire and Palm Springs. Gold winners from the district competition move on to compete in the national final to compete against the best work from throughout the nation.
pROFESSIONAL COMPETITION RULES & cATEGORIES
The Student competition
The American Advertising Awards Student Competition has a set of categories that covers all major aspects of the advertising and design industry. This structure will provide a competitive framework and allow students to showcase their talent. The work will be held to the high creative standards and will be judged by a leading panel of talented creative professionals and experienced judges. Local Gold Winners will be automatically forwarded to the District competition for a chance to compete at the national finals.
sTUDENT COMPETITION RULES & cATEGORIES
Mark you calendar
October 8, 2020 – Competition opens
January 12, 2022 – FREE Q&A Webinar about entering, new rules, and categories for 2021. Get all of your questions answered. Register to attend the webinar
January 28, 2022 – Deadline to enter
February 4, 2022 – Late deadline: Subject to a late fee
February 22, 2022 – Winners informed
March, 2022 – Gala (Date, Location TBA)
March 25, 2022 – Deadline to forward Silver Winners to District competition
April 1, 2022 – Deadline to order award duplicates and trophy upgrades
*Dates subject to change with notification.