The American Advertising Awards recognizes the best work in advertising across the nation. Entering this first, local tier gives you a chance at seeing your work go to the regional and then national levels.

Golds at each level are automatically forwarded to the next tier, and Silvers can be forwarded for a fee. Physical entries are also highly recommended this year as judges will be in-person, and there will be a gallery at the gala. Those can be delivered to Citizen Advertising during business hours anytime between now and the final day of Call for Entries, January 18, 2023. You must still submit your entry digitally and pay online for any physical submissions to be judged. Advertising wizards, bring your best for a chance to win!

Matty Fera

Creative Director, Eversana

Chicago, Illinois

“I trademarked the phrase, ‘Let’s take this to level Fera’, in case it ever catches on.” Matt, or Matty Fresh as he’s often called thanks to his break-dancing skills back in Michigan, is a Creative Director at Eversana in Chicago + Kansas where he’s working on many fun projects. Prior to that he was a Creative lead at McGarryBowen on Western Union, Disney, Rust-Oleum, Marriott, American Express and new business.

Kelly Cooper Kwoka

Art Director, Independent

Tampa, Florida

Kelly is an award-winning art director, designer, and illustrator. Her work has been recognized by the AAF, ADC, One Club, Hatch, and Communication Arts. Prior to her solo career, Kelly worked at McKinney, Arnold Worldwide, Wunderman, and IBM. Kelly’s client roster includes Audi, The Bahamas, Coca-Cola, Lyft, Milk, Pfizer, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Sotheby’s. Having worked in the industry since before she could legally drive a car, Kelly insists that advertising is in her blood. Along with copious amounts of diet coke and spicy buffalo sauce.

Joe Wilper

Creative Director, Signal Theory

Kansas City, Missouri

Over the past 10 years, Joe has been helping brands put a face to their name. Whether it’s a fledgling startup or a nationally recognized brand, Joe’s experience with brand launches helps our clients make the most of their big moment while keeping an eye for what’s around the corner. That experience, and his work over the last two years with SONIC, helped our team navigate and transition into the recent SONIC rebrand. Other clients include Cargill, DFA, Shatto Milk, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Boehringer Ingelheim and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Matt Morin

Creative Director, Independent

Los Angeles, California

Matt Morin is an award-winning Bay area Creative Director. He has worked with clients like Google, Salesforce, Michelob Ultra, Facebook and more. He's helped ad agencies win and grow business by delivering results for the clients, and helped client-side businesses build brands while delivering day-to-day results that exceed expectations.

For more information on what you can enter, how to format entries and more, check out the Rules & Categories documents linked below.

The Gala will be held at the Mill & Mine on February 25, 2023 at 6pm. Get dressed up and celebrate your hard work over the past year!

Tickets include dinner and 2 drink tickets. VIP tickets are also available with additional perks. Buy a table of 8 tickets and get a better rate.

Check back after Call for Entries is complete to purchase your ticket for the gala!