Music, beads, masks … and the AAAs. That’s right. Just days before Fat Tuesday is celebrated down south, we’re bringing NOLA to the Cedar Valley for our annual American Advertising Awards ceremony. It’s Carnival season, and the parade to the biggest show in the business starts right here.

So take the first step: Enter your best work by January 16 to make sure you’re part of the competition. And on February 24, grab your Krewe, show off your finest to your peers, impress your clients and catch a few trophies – it’s the don’t-miss event of the season. Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Bragging rights are granted to each company (or individual) upon winning. The winner is entitled to one year of shame-free boasting.


Looking for a reason to call clients? Nothing works better than telling them their project just won an award and is moving on to district competition.


Entering the AAA’s helps enhance advertising through programs such as public service, advocacy groups, and consumer awareness.

Rules & Categories

The American Advertising Awards rules and categories have been updated for the 2016-17 awards. Download the latest version to ensure your work is entered in the correct category.

Professional Rules and Categories Student Rules and Categories


December 1 – Competition opens

January 16 – Competition closes

February 24 – Winners announced at ceremony

Special Awards

Silver Medal AWARD

Know someone who has made outstanding contributions to adverting and furthered the industry’s standards and creative excellence?

Nominate them for the Silver Medal award


Know someone who’s made a big impact on the advertising community, but who hasn’t had enough lifetime to qualify for a Lifetime Achievement Award?

Nominate them for the AAF Cedar Valley MVP award

Member Pricing

Single Entry $60
Campaign $70
Student $20

Non-Member Pricing

Single Entry $120
Campaign $140
Student $25