The Valley’s top advertising and creative professionals were announced on Friday night via livestream as AAF Phoenix celebrated the winners of the 2020 ADDY Awards — the local American Advertising Awards. It was a remarkable night, following the last-minute cancellation of the in-person event due to health precautions.

“Cancelling public attendance at our sold-out awards show was heartbreaking. However, the way our advertising and creative community supported the club by participating in the livestream event was incredible,” says Amy Packard Berry, President, AAF Phoenix. “As of yesterday morning, more than 450 people have viewed the event, including the archive views. This is nearly as many people as we planned to have onsite for the gala.”

There was much to celebrate, despite the last-minute event change. The local nonprofit Chicanos Por La Causa took home the competition’s Best of Show Award. University of Phoenix was also honored with Copywriting of the Year, and AIGA Phoenix, another local nonprofit organization, awarded Art Direction of the Year.

It was a record-breaking year even before the planned event, with more than 700 entries submitted from 77 entities, including local advertising agencies, educational institutions, non-profits, corporations and more. More than 73 ADDYs won were Gold award designations, which will automatically move them to the American Advertising Federation’s regional competition.

A full list of the 51 winners includes:

180 Degrees Design + Build

AE Media, Inc.

AIGA Arizona

ANDERSON Advertising

ASU Enterprise Marketing Hub

BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency

Bob Case Illustration

Chicanos Por La Causa

Commit Agency

Copper Post

Cultivator Content Labs LLC


EME Design Studio



Fiesta Bowl


Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

Grand Canyon Education



Ideas Collide

Ivio Agency

James Patrick Photography

Knoodle Advertising



Le Debut Animaton

Matter Films

Monomyth Studio

Moses Inc

Mya Kai Creative

Off Madison Ave

OH Partners

Outfront Media

Polar Desert Studios


R&R Partners

Red Knight Media

Reelbros Media

Resort & Spa

ReThinc Advertising


Small Giants

Splinter Creative


The James Agency

True Story Films

University of Phoenix

Von Design Company

Zion & Zion

Another 23 entries were submitted to the student ad competition, which is run adjacent to the American Advertising Awards. Eight total winning entries included students from ASU, Grand Canyon University, and Huntington University.

Individual awards for Advertising Professional of the Year, Creative Director of the Year, Young Person of the Year and Woman of the Year will be handed out at a forthcoming event, following the end of health restrictions.