2023 Ad Club Lexington American Advertising Awards.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local ad club competitions.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. 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 against 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 the local AAF competition (with us!) is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

Maybe it’s been a few years since you’ve submitted a killer campaign or a few wondrous websites for adjudication by a panel of judges. .

Maybe you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to burst on the stage with a boldly executed brand identity or a slickly shot video. 

Maybe you live for ADDYs. Maybe you’re perpetually vying for the opportunity to post “winner winner chicken dinner” on all your socials.

Whether you’re an advertiser, a designer, or some other creative creature — old guard or new — get in and buckle up, baby. We’re getting ready to throw one helluva REUNION!

How to Enter

The Lexington Ad Club American Advertising Awards entry portal is officially open and accepting submissions until January 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Entries will be judged digitally for the final time this year. Upload any files that you think will help judges understand your work. It may help to think of submissions as portfolio pieces: show all sides of work, submit photos of the finished piece (not flat art files), and so on.

Professional Entries

AAF Member: $90
Non-Member: $120
Rates apply for single entries. Each campaign entry has an additional $20 fee.

Student Entries

AAF Member: $30
Non-Member: $35
No additional charge for student campaign entries.

Rules & Categories

Both professional and student rules & categories can be found here.

REUNION: The 2023 Gala

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 3, 2023. You’re invited to an unforgettable night at a new venue for Ad Club Lexington’s Awards Gala: 21c Museum Hotel! Get ready for an open bar, hor d’oeuvres, and discounted rates on rooms (for those who are too legit to quit). Ticketing details will be posted here as the date draws near. 


This event is made possible thanks to a supportive creative and business community. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s American Advertising Awards, please reach out to treasurer@aaflexington.com.