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 2021 American Advertising Awards competition is OPEN NOW! 

NEW 2/8/2021:  ONTIME ENTRY DEADLINE has now been extended through Friday 2/12/21 at 6pm.

Late Entries accepted for PROFESSIONALS through 2/12 at 6p through Sat 2/13/21 at 6pm.

STUDENT entries will be accepted through 2/12/21 at 6pm.  There is NO LATE ENTRY PERIOD for STUDENTS.

Enter by clicking here:

All entries will be accepted digitally for safety during our nation’s fight against COVID-19/Coronavirus, so there will be NO IN PERSON DROP OFFS of your creative.  This makes it both easier and safer for you to enter work in this year’s competition.

Pricing for 2021 has been extended at 2020 rates.

Student AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members: 

 Single entry $30  /  Campaign entry $35 

Student Non-Members:

Single entry $40  /  Campaign entry $50

Professional AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members:

Single entry $100   /  Campaign entry $115

Professional Non-Members:

Single entry $130  /  Campaign entry $145

Professional LATE ENTRY 2/12/21 at 6:01pm through 2/13/21 at 6pm: Single or Campaign entry $160

As in 2020 because of the need for “social distancing” there will be no “Addy Gala” in early 2021.  We will celebrate both 2020 and 2021 American Advertising Award winners along with two (2x) Silver Medal Awardees in early Fall of 2021 at a to be decided date if the CDC and other medical experts deem it safe to once again congregate.  We expect a gathering of the Virginia ad community in person to again be a safe activity by Q4-2021.

Until then, stay safe and keep making GREAT ADVERTISING that serves the residents and businesses in the U.S.

Life goes on and the need has never been higher for people to know the “whats/whens/wheres/& whys” in brand and benefits to build trust and relationships between businesses and customers.  Advertising’s job is important for our country and that makes what you do an ESSENTIAL need to bring our nation together. 

Great examples of Advertising expire us all to set a high standard for our customers messages and for our industry.  The Agencies, Freelancers, Media Companies, Production Providers and People listed on this site bring that to life.  Thank you for making Hampton Roads and Richmond home for that superior work.

Thanks also goes to 3 Waves Media for website design, coding and serving our AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS site that chronicles this rich history.  

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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