50th annual Awards Gala

February 28, 2015
Downtown Hilton Hotel


Enter Submissions



This year's Call For Entries will be different from recent years.  We will not be displaying work at the Awards Gala on black boards. Instead, the Gala Gallery will have multiple televisions rotating images of entries. To be entered into the competition, you must still submit your physical entries to be judged, along with a jpg for the Gallery and Awards Show Presentation.


Knoxville Hilton Hotel from 3-7PM



In 2015, we are celebrating 50 years of the American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs) in Knoxville, TN! In honor of this tremendous milestone we are “Going Gold YAll” and ask everyone to wear something gold at the event to show your support of our great town and its commitment to creative excellence in advertising. The Gala will include a full dinner and two drink tickets.


Knoxville Hilton Hotel, 6-9PM


Rules & Categories

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF 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. For the full list of rules, categories and guidelines, please view the the AAA_Rules_Categories_2014-2015.pdf 

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Each year, we invest a great deal of time and resources to find quality judges for Knoxville's competition.  We select judges who are from similar-sized markets and who have been specially trained in American Advertising Awards judging procedures. Our judges come from a variety of backgrounds so they evaluate work from different perspectives and provide a more rounded assessment.



The mission of the Student American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising among people who are learning our craft. The first 15 Student Entry Fees for 2015 have been Sponsored by RIVR Media (Thank you RIVR Media!).  Additional student work can be entered at discounted rates:

To qualify as a student. You must currently be enrolled as a Student with a valid Student ID. For Student questions & concerns.


Awards Gala

 FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Downtown Hilton Hotel, 6-9PM

The 50th Annual Gala will be an event to remember. Plated meal, digital Gallery and an amazing after party at (Shh-location to be named later). Gala seating is limited and tables of 10 are available with premium table placement. Individual tickets are $75 per person and table of 10 is $700. Each seat comes with two free drink tickets. You can adjust the quantity after you hit the "Pay Now" button. If you have any questions or concerns, please email 

McCabe Silver Medal Award

The Robert McCabe Silver Medal is a Nationally Recognized award given annually to the person who has shown excellence and creativity in advertising for his or her company, community, and the industry as a whole. It is AAF-Knoxville’s version of a “lifetime achievement” award.(See past recipients here). Nominations will be reviewed mid-January and the Award will be presented at the Gala.

Hall of Fame

Members of the AAF-Knoxville Advertising Hall of Fame are among the very best in advertising. They have shown throughout their careers a commitment to excellence and have helped advanced the advertising industry in Knoxville and surrounding areas.(See past inductees here). Nominations will be reviewed mid-January and inductions will take place at the Gala.


Please support our sponsors THROUGHOUT the year as you consider partners for your projects.

They have gone above and beyond to help our club provide an amazing awards show for you. Elastic Pictures, and many other sponsors have been helping our committee for years with countless hours of donated time and money. We try hard to acknowledge our Sponsors but sometimes a logo placement or promotion just never seems like enough. We can't begin to Thank you for Sponsoring our 50th Annual Awards Event. Hilton supported us by providing the perfect venue for this year’s Gala. Elastic Pictures is donating our Awards Reel. RIVR is donating Student Entry Fees. PrintEdge is donating printing. Lamar is donating Event Signage. NCM is making a cash donation to support our Gala. 

- From AAF-Knoxville - THANK YOU!


Become a SPONSOR

If you would like to partner with us, fill out the form below and one of our committee members will get back to you.

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