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! 

Late Entries accepted for PROFESSIONALS through 2/12/21 at 6pm. STUDENT entries are also 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 2/9/21 at 6:01pm through 2/12/21 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 earlier this year with some winning at the East Coast District 2-Region level as well.  In November, we will acknowledge them and kick off the 2020 “AAAs” (“Addys”) with an event.  Look in your email in October for your invitation.

While we hand delivered trophies and certificates to the 2019 winners, you’ll still want to see what these great organizations winning work and we will also PRE-REGISTER your 2020 CREATIVE ON-SITE at this event… to save you time and a few dollars.  Check out some of pics of this year’s winners since you’re here now.

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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