The first level of the 3-tiered national contest with over 30,000 entries nationwide

put on by the American Advertising Federation.

Covering Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties (and the Westlake portion of LA County)

Cost to Enter:

Professional Entries: $90 each individual entry; $110 for each campaign entry

Student Entries: $ 45 for each individual entry; $55 for each campaign entry

October 1, 2021        Competition Opens

January 12, 2022      Q&A Entry Webinar noon, Register Here

January 28, 2022      Entry Deadline

February  4, 2022      Late Entry Deadline (subject to late fee)

February 21, 2022     Winners Notified

March 13, 2022          Gala Awards Show (TBA)

March 25, 2022          Deadline to Forward Eligible entries to District Competition

April 1, 2022               Deadline to order duplicate or upgraded awards

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About the American Advertising Awards.

The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising both in local competitions and nationwide. The American Advertising Awards are 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 40,000 total entries.

The American Advertising Awards are unique among all advertising creative competitions. It is the only competition that includes three rigorous levels of judging. The Coastal California competition is one of about 200 local competitions throughout the nation. Entries are first judged at a local level. Local winners then advance to 15 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 Coastal California professional competition 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. In the Student competition, Gold winners move on to the district competition automatically while Silver and Bronze winners may move on if the entrant pays the district entry fee. The district competition includes winners from the competitions from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, 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.

Rules and Categories

Please Note:


Rules and Categories change every year. If you have documents from previous years, please do not use them.

Only use the rules and categories for the current competition year from the links below.

Download 2021-22 Rules and Categories


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

$45 Each Individual Entry
$55 Each Campaign Entry

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be enrolled full or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution. Recent graduates are eligible if the entry was created while a student. Work may be developed specially for this competition or submitted from previous projects or competitions. Work developed for paying clients will not be accepted with the exception of work created for student publications. Work must be created while entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry. Student interns are eligible.

Enter the Competition

Press Here to Enter:

Enter Professional Competition       Enter Student Competition


2022 Gala

Information about the 2022 Gala
will be posted Soon

Pictures from Previous Gala

Contact/Entry Drop Off

For more information about the

American Advertising Awards Coastal California Competition


Due to Covid 19, all entries accepted on-line only for 2022


If you wish to pay by check, please make checks payable to: AAF District 15

Late Deadline of February 4, 2022 subject to a $10 late fee.


Mark Landon