American Advertising Awards/Our Addy History

The American Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads & Richmond, Virginia’s past award winners and the work that shows great advertising ideas in action from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

AAF-Hampton Roads SILVER MEDAL AWARD Winners

At the 2018 SILVER MEDAL event honoring John Trinder/President – MAX MEDIA L.L.C. properties, several prior lifetime achievment winners posed for this photo.  All leaders and people of great achievement in forwarding community service and the advertising profession in Virginia they are from left to right: John Koehler/President-KOEHLER Books, Cutch Armstrong/Director of Marketing-COX Virginia, the late Larry Saunders/President-MAX MEDIA Radio, Howard Waters/President-WATERS & BRIDGMAN Marketing, Dick Lamb/Executive Vice President Programming-MAX MEDIA Radio, Thurman Worthington/(Ret) Sr. Accounts Manager-MAX MEDIA Radio, Gene Loving/C.E.O. – MAX MEDIA L.L.C., John Trinder/C.O.O. & President – MAX MEDIA L.L.C., Joe Tacach/C.E.O. – MERIDIAN Group, Mike Herron/General Manager & Asso Publisher – INSIDE BUSINESS, and Greg Jordan/President – CENTRIC COMMUNICATIONS



This Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads (AAFHR) website catalogs prior winners of the advertising industry’s longest running award for superior ad work/messages from Richmond to the Norfolk/Va. Beach DMA (aka Hampton Roads) market.

For more information on CURRENT AAF-Hampton Roads happenings and awards competition, go to our main website at: 

The 2022 American Advertising Awards competition has been extended to Feb 22nd! 

ONTIME ENTRY DEADLINE has now been extended through Tuesday 2/22/22 at 6pm.

Some folks told us they didn’t get the emails that the competition is open and our other site isn’t taking updates on the competition correctly so there will be NO LATE FEE for PROS or STUDENTS.  But 2/22 at 6pm is the final entry deadline .

 Enter by clicking here:

All entries are being accepted digitally again this year so there’s NO PHYSICAL ENTRY or CREATIVE DROP OFF needed.  It couldn’t be easier to enter your creative in less than 5 minutes for this year’s AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS.

 Pricing for 2022 entries is as follows:

Student AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members: 

  Single entry $35  /  Campaign entry $35 

Student Non-Members:

  Single entry $45  /  Campaign entry $50

Professional AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members:

  Single entry $110   /  Campaign entry $125

Professional Non-Members:

  Single entry $130  /  Campaign entry $145

The return of the “Addy Gala” is still on hold.  Not forgotten, just waiting for an obvious good time to invite people to hang out, have a good time and recognize great ad work without wondering if you need to wear a mask while chatting up friends, co-workers and potential clients.  So hold tight a little longer and then we’ll make up for lost time together when we see an “all clear” in Summer or Fall of 2022.

When we do get back to the “Gala”, we will celebrate the ’20, ’21 and 2022 American Advertising Award winners together. Until then, stay keep making  that GREAT ADVERTISING and those messages that move us to purchase, attend and champion the businesses that serve our everyday lives.

Now, get your best work together and load it up for the local, regional and national recognition you deserve!.

Thanks also goes to 3 Waves Media for website design on this site, our AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS site that chronicles the rich history of ad creative creation in Virginia.  

2019 American Advertising Award Acknowledgements

2019 AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARD (“Addy”) winners were notified of their winning entries in person.  

Remember when you could go and see people?  Ah, memories.  We also delivered the 2020 awards to most of our local winners but there were limited pictures as some shops have skeleton staffs in the office.  Still lots of creatives are working from home.  We’ll get pictures in 2021 as folks start filling the offices again around Hampton Roads.  Until then, check out some of pics of the ’19 winners with a bunch of the crew in each agency, production house, Marcomm Dept or media company that won.  CLICK on the photo to arrow through some of the winners.


Mark Atkinson

2019 SILVER MEDAL recipient for Exceptional Achievement

Co-Owner/Creative Director of OTTO Design + Marketing, Artist, World Traveling Photographer & artistic Philanthropist.

In October 2019, we honored Mark and his accomplishments with the OTTO team, the Hampton Roads Art Community, friends, family and the region’s Advertising community at the CAVALIER Hotel on the hill. 

Click below to read more about Mark’s many accomplishments and service to our area.


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