American Advertising Awards 2019
Bring it home Miami. The 2019 local, district and national American Advertising Awards are all in our backyard.

The American Advertising Awards is one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.

Think Nationally. Enter Locally.

Miami’s submissions period closes Friday, January 25th.

This year, our focus is bring it home. That’s because after our local awards in Miami and the district awards in Orlando, the nation awards will be held in Fort Lauderdale! Every year, Miami represents on the national stage and we’re excited to bring nationals right into our backyard this year and celebrate our local community’s work with your teams in person.

How to Enter

Step 1: Download details on rules and categories for professionals or students.

Step 2: Watch our video on how to submit your entries!

Step 3: Enter here

Step 4: You’re all done! Just follow the directions from the portal and make sure to show up to submit your work in person. There is no way to finish your submission online without dropping off your work and paying for your entry in person!

Submission Days

Thursday, January 24th and Friday, January 25th from 3pm – 7pm
University of Miami (School of Communications) – 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables FL 33146
If you get lost finding the building, please call 786-271-3000 for directions.

Miami Awards Get Hyper Local

In addition to the American Advertising Awards (that go on to District and Local), we also have local awards just for Miami entrants. These are special prizes for Miami-centric categories. You can enter and pay completely online for the Miami Advertising Awards. Just pick your category and follow the prompts to add links to your work and pay for your submission.

Local Categories
Most Miami-est

Our Most Miami-est award is for for the campaign and/or creative that has the most heart and soul of the city of Miami. The work does not need to be municipal or government, but it does need to embody “Miami” style and spirit.

Best Video Under 5K

The title says it all – if you managed to develop and produce an amazing video for under 5K, enter it here to show off your work.

Best Social Campaign Under 1K

Did you own social this year? If you pulled off some amazing results this year on social and paid less than $1,000 to promote it, show us what you got!

The Client Killed It

This award is for the best creative that never saw the light of day, or how it looked before the client ‘ruined’ it. Take this chance to submit your awesome, never-released work.

Best Miami Brand Overall

Do you have a client you want to nominate for best Miami brand? Are you that brand and what to nominate yourself? We’re looking to award the best Miami brand in an overall category, include design, campaigns, media, and bricks and mortar.

Most Amazing Grand Opening Campaign

Easy come, easy go – right? This award is for the agency that made the biggest splash for a launch or grand opening.

Miami Spirit Award

The Miami Spirit Award is meant to reward non-profit work done either pro bono or at significantly below market rates for charitable organizations. Organizations and agencies can both apply for creative work.

Best In-House Creative

Agencies are not allowed as this award is completely for the client! You and your in-house team deserve some recognition for creative work done in-house. Submit for this award to be recognized as Miami’s most creative in-house team.

Miami Vice Award

If you’re a client or an agency with work done for one of the “vice” industries: gambling, alcohol, or tobacco, enter to win the aptly-named Miami Vice Award.

Best Original Logo

In a world with $10 logos available online and when seemingly everything has been done before, the best original logo deserves its own award.

MMA Award (Miami’s Most Awesome)

Work with an amazing team or person? Nominate them for the MMA Award and officially declare how your nominee is Miami’s Most Awesome. Whether they go above and beyond for the client or the community, tell us about your favorite person in Miami and why they’re so great.

Best Mural

We’re in Miami where murals are everywhere. Best mural (temporary or permanent) wins this category.

Enter Local
Entry Fees

Professional (member)

Single Entry: $100
Campaign: $150
Local: $50

Professional (non-member)

Single Entry: $175
Campaign: $225
Local: $50


Single Entry $45
Campaign: $55
Local: $50

It pays to be a member.

Members save on submissions. A lot. Learn more about our memberships and how a membership can pay for itself through your American Advertising Award entries here.

Awards for a cause.

This year we’re celebrating our first ever scholarship to local students in need. Our Creative Futures Scholarship  is truly Miami, and truly one of a kind. Join us at the Awards this spring to honor our donors and recipients.

Our judges and sponsors.

Chris Wooster
(Austin, Texas)

After deciding at 13 that he wanted to be in “advertising,” Chris has built a 25-year career as a writer, designer and creative director, building brands and brand experiences. He's currently Executive Creative Director at Austin-based indie digital and brand shop T3.

At T3, Chris helps cast, lead, and enhance teams working to untangle brand, product, and experience challenges for brands such as Enterprise, Home Depot, UPS, Sunoco, Texas Central Partners/Virgin Rail, and Capital One. He was lead creative and writer on T3’s 2017 Cannes Shortlisted “Trump and Dump ‘Bot.``

His career includes branding and UX roles at two-time Ad Age Agency Of The Year mcgarrybowen, at Mullen, and as in house writer/art director at the now-shuttered, but legendary Boston Phoenix alternative newspaper and its pioneering radio station 101.7 WFNX. Chris can also roll a sea kayak, operate a 10-wheeled dump truck, and buried a sizable stash of pennies behind his boyhood home near Buffalo. They’re still there.

Gavin Drummond
Gavin is Creative Director at CloudRaker, a creative and technology agency with offices in Montréal and Toronto. Over his 15-year career, he has developed award-winning national and international campaigns for some of Canada’s most iconic brands, including Kijiji, VIA Rail Canada, the Port of Montreal, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces. Formerly with Ogilvy, he now divides his time between traditional advertising campaigns and branded content, helping CloudRaker deliver meaningful experiences and tools to consumers on behalf of ambitious clients.
Ricardo Turcios
Ricardo Turcios
Executive Creative Director, Publicis Hawkeye

Ricardo was born in New York city to a fearless, entrepreneurial couple from Guatemala. Over the last 19 years, he’s accumulated a global perspective of marketing having worked in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Ricardo has developed marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized multi-national brands, including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Heineken International, Colgate-Palmolive, Lucky Strike + Formula One, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Hershey's. His marketing stories have been told around the world.

As an ECD, Ricardo has managed wonderfully diverse, multi-disciplined creative teams who have been recognized in every major international awards festival.

In 2015, Ricardo took a leap of faith into the start-up world and founded a mobile app platform called ImaginMe, a passion project inspired by his four-year-old daughter. ImaginMe is committed to empowering children through personalized interactive stories, games and learning apps.

Ricardo currently leads the Publicis Hawkeye creative group in Dallas, Texas. His teams develop the complete spectrum of brand experiences that surround today’s consumer.

Above all else, Ricardo believes that we are on this planet to do our small part in making this world a better place for the generations that will follow us. Cliché? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely.

If you have any questions or concerns, or want to sponsor or volunteer, please get in touch with

Tickets for the Awards show will be available soon! Stay tuned for an exciting evening ahead at the Miami Design District.