Awards

CALL FOR ENTRIES

It’s time to gather all of your best work and get ready for the Western Virginia Advertising Awards. All entries must be submitted through the American Advertising Awards Online Entry and Judging portal.

NEW FOR 2020: All entries and judging will be done online. There will not be a take-in day or physical entries required. (This also applies to district and national judging for winners.)

Entries can be submitted online now!

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The deadline for professional entries is Friday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.

Entry fees are $90 for members/$125 nonmembers for single entries and $100 for members/$135 nonmembers for campaigns. Entries will be judged Jan. 20 to 25.

Also new for 2020, is a new local-only category to honor work that wasn’t delivered or published due to COVID-19. Submit your best unpublished work for a chance to earn local kudos.

Professional rules and categories (downloads PDF)

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Student entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, January 15.

Student entries are $25.

Student rules and categories (downloads PDF)

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SPECIAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS ARE ALSO OPEN

The Advertising Person of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of advertising, marketing and design in Western Virginia. The recipient of this award embodies the professionalism, dedication and creativity that are at the heart of the advertising profession. This is NOT a lifetime achievement award, and is designed to recognize recent accomplishments within the LAST CALENDAR YEAR. Nominees may be in the creative, marketing, advertising management, media, or other relevant advertising fields. Membership in Roanoke Advertising Federation is not required. NOMINATE AN AD PERSON OF THE YEAR

The Vendor of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of advertising, marketing and design in Western Virginia. The recipient of this award embodies the professionalism, dedication and creativity that are at the heart of the advertising profession. This is NOT a lifetime achievement award, and is designed to recognize recent accomplishments within the LAST CALENDAR YEAR. Nominees may be in the creative, marketing, advertising management, media, or other relevant advertising fields. Membership in Roanoke Advertising Federation is not required. NOMINATE A VENDOR OF THE YEAR

The AAF Roanoke Shine Award is meant to recognize the outstanding work by an organization or individual in the area of community or public service. The award is limited to community service efforts completed in the past year. Nominations of an individual or organization is not limited to membership with AAF Roanoke. NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE SHINE AWARD

The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, our club bestows this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community. The award serves to enhance the image of advertising by recognizing a locally well-known person for his or her advertising and community involvement. NOMINATE A SILVER MEDALIST

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AWARDS PREP + Q&A

AAF Roanoke is hosting a series of webinars to help you get ready to submit entries and understand changes to the rules this year. Each session will last about 30 minutes and include a short presentation and Q&A. Professionals and students are encouraged to attend.

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About the Western Virginia Advertising Awards

The annual competition recognizes exceptional professional and student advertising created in Southwest Virginia. The American Advertising Awards honor advertising excellence in all media including online, non-traditional, print, broadcast, and out-of- home. It is the first level of a three-level national competition that is the advertising industry’s largest.

Work winning awards at the local level is then eligible to compete in the second level of competition, the District 3 American Advertising Awards, conducted in April. District winners are then eligible for entry in the National American Advertising Awards. National winners are honored at the American Advertising Awards celebration during the American Advertising Federation’s ADMERICA.

The local competition is sponsored by AAF Roanoke, a member association comprised of advertising and media professionals. Proceeds from the American Advertising Awards help support AAF Roanoke’s educational programs, public service projects, and proactive government relations efforts.