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American Advertising Awards, Phoenix

Each year the Phoenix Chapter of the American Advertising Federation recognizes exceptional advertising and creative professionals in our community. Your agency, company, or organization has one of these standouts that deserve to be acknowledged.

Please, take time to look over the rules and submit your entries for this year’s American Advertising Federation Specialty Awards. Click on the specialty awards category to submit your entries.

Nominee Criteria, Rules, and Judging Information

AAF Specialty Awards are judged against a standard of excellence on their own merit and are not judged specifically against each other.

Who Judges the Awards?

Judging is conducted by a group of AAF Board Members from other markets. The AAF Phoenix board of directors reserve the right to review the judges’ findings and make any determinations if necessary.

How are the Specialty Awards Judged?

Criteria for each award can vary slightly based on the award but are judged based on the same system of scoring. Each award category is judged on 3 points of criteria, with a possible 10 points for each point being awarded. The scores are tallied, averaged, the submission with the highest score wins.

What Criteria is used to Judge the Awards?

Community Involvement.  Do they make a difference in the world by giving back to advertising community or their local community or community as a whole.

 

Leadership.  What’s their influence in their organization, ad community, status among peers, decision-maker, accomplishments.

 

Creativity.  How does nominee combine traditional creativity and Award-winning work with other creative qualities like problem-solving, overcoming unique challenges and finding creative or non-traditional solutions to problems. Remarkable and positive influence on the craft. Has this individual moved the form forward? (Provide up to 5 Examples)

Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award

This award recognizes local women who are business owners or executives and who have demonstrated success within their industry, along with a dedication to philanthropy and mentoring.  Phyllis Ehlinger was just that.  She was the first woman inducted to the Advertising Hall of Fame when it was established in 1986. She won the prestigious Silver Medal Award in 1983 for her outstanding efforts in the field of advertising and community public service.  In 1983, she was the first woman in Arizona recognized as Woman of the Year by AAF District 12.  She was inducted into the Arizona Broadcaster Hall of Fame in 2002.  This award keeps Phyllis’s spirit alive to continue the tradition of excellence among women.

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Requirements

Must have 15+ years industry experience.

Judging Criteria

Community Involvement

Do they make a difference in the world by giving back to the advertising community or their local community or community as a whole. Has proven to be a dynamic women leader with an established track records of significant establishments in business and/or community service.

 

Leadership

What’s their influence in their organization, ad community, status among peers, decision-maker, accomplishments. What are their Contributions to the General Advancement of Phoenix Advertising? (The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession in the Phoenix Community).

 

Creativity

How does nominee combine traditional creativity and Award-winning work with other creative qualities like problem-solving, overcoming unique challenges and finding creative or non-traditional solutions to problems. Remarkable and positive influence on the craft. Has this individual moved the form forward? (Provide up to 5 Examples)

J. Terry Groener Memorial Award – Ad Person of the Year

Terry Groener was a prominent advertising executive in Phoenix. Since 1974 in his honor, this award has recognized men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.

Judging Criteria

Community Involvement

Do they make a difference in the world by giving back to advertising community or their local community or community as a whole. Has proven to be dynamic advertising professional with an established track records of significant establishments in business and/or community service.

 

Leadership

What’s their influence in their organization, ad community, status among peers, decision-maker, accomplishments. What are their Contributions to the General Advancement of Phoenix Advertising? (The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession in the Phoenix Community).

 

Creativity

How does nominee combine traditional creativity and Award-winning work with other creative qualities like problem-solving, overcoming unique challenges and finding creative or non-traditional solutions to problems. Remarkable and positive influence on the craft. Has this individual moved the form forward? (Provide up to 5 Examples)

Creative Professional of the Year

The AAF Phoenix offers a unique specialty award to recognize the best creative professionals in our market. If you have a remarkable creative leader on your team to recognize, submit your nomination for Creative Professional of the Year.

Creative Professionals include but are not limited to:

  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Illustrators
  • Animator
  • UX/UI Designers
  • Multi-Media Designer
  • Director/Producer
Judging Criteria

Creativity

How does nominee combine traditional creativity and Award-winning work with other creative qualities like problem-solving, overcoming unique challenges and finding creative or non-traditional solutions to problems. Remarkable and positive influence on the craft. Has this individual moved the form forward? (Provide up to 5 Examples)

 

Innovation

How does this nominee bring new thinking to the problems they solve? Have they demonstrated a unique ability to create fresh ideas, find unexpected solutions or utilize technology in a surprising and delightful way?

 

Inspiration

Does this nominee bring out the best in others. Have the inspired the team to push the work? Do they make others around the valley scream, “I wish I’d thought of that?” 

 

Young Ad Person of the Year

The AAF Phoenix offers a unique specialty award that recognizes up-and-coming advertising and creative professionals. If you have a remarkable talent on your team to recognize, submit your nomination for Young Ad Person of the Year. 

Requirements

Nominee must be under the age of 30.

Judging Criteria

Creativity

Has the nominee demonstrated a knack for coming up with ideas that make you wonder what you were doing wrong when you were twenty-something? Do they make your brain feel warm and fuzzy after they share work with you?

 

Passion

Does the nominee show a nearly obsessive level of interest in the work? Do they light up a room (or a zoom) when they walk in? Do they read all of the industry pubs and keep you up to date because you’ve lost the password for your subscriptions?

 

Inspiration

Do they reignite your love for this business? Do they make you forget you’re supposed to be the one with all the wisdom? Do they bring a perspective that is sorely needed in your company or the industry at large?

Advertising Educator of the Year

The Advertising Educator of the Year Award honors an educator who has been a consistent mentor to students, has supported the success of the advertising industry through teaching, mentorship, research and advocacy, and has been engaged in the advancement of the mission of AAF-Phoenix to promote, support, and grow the advertising profession in the city and/or the state of Arizona.

This year will mark the first time AAF-Phoenix has recognized the best advertising professors in the Valley through this Advertising Educator of the Year Award. This award is intended to honor a senior individual (10 or more years of teaching experience) who has accomplished all of the criteria to the benefit of the advertising industry over the course of his/her career. This award may be given posthumously.

Requirements

Nominee must have 10 years or more of experience.

Judging Criteria

Creativity

Has the nominee demonstrated a knack for coming up with ideas that make you wonder what you were doing wrong when you were twenty-something? Do they make your brain feel warm and fuzzy after they share work with you?

 

Passion

Does the nominee show a nearly obsessive level of interest in the work? Do they light up a room (or a zoom) when they walk in? Do they read all of the industry pubs and keep you up to date because you’ve lost the password for your subscriptions?

 

Inspiration

Do they reignite your love for this business? Do they make you forget you’re supposed to be the one with all the wisdom? Do they bring a perspective that is sorely needed in your company or the industry at large?

Past Winners

Adrianna Dalpiaz

Women of Excellence Award

Nicole Peterson

Young Person of the Year

Michael Jackson

Creative Professional of the Year

Tom Ortega

Ad Person of the Year