Brilliant ideas and stellar designs are canned every day. An exhibition of Baltimore’s finest “trash,” the AAF Baltimore 2016 TRASHY Awards: Never Saw the Light of Day (the TRASHYs) presented by Early Light Media features the campaigns and designs that may very well have won industry awards, had they not been tossed aside.

Just envision all those glorious project PDFs that once felt like your crowning achievement, but now sit silently in the archives: the magnificent final that was scratched at the last moment, the amazing but unused photos from your last shoot, the beautiful (albeit wild-card) concept that went over budget or just didn’t fit with the client’s vision. Meetings, revisions, time–no matter at the reason was that a project never saw the light of day, this is your chance to finally let it shine. Finally out, on display, and up for an award.

Event Details:

Thursday, May 12
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Red Star Bar & Grill
906 South Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21231


Submission Deadline: May 4

There’s only one rule for submissions. Only work never published may be submitted for judging. That’s it! There’s no limit: each agency or individual can enter as many projects as they want.

Submission Cost:

Members: FREE
Non-members: $20 (1st submission) Email for multi-submission discount rate.

What can I submit?

Digital or print, there’s only one rule: it can’t be something that’s ever been published. That’s it! Suggested submissions include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Unused concepts
  • Pitch or spec work
  • Final work that was never published
  • Unused b-roll or video footage
  • Unused photography
  • Fully designed websites, posters, brochures, etc., that never made it to production
  • Stuff you made just for fun

How do I submit?

This is a fundraiser, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit as much as you want. Here’s what you need to do:

Email the following information to as early as possible, but no later than the May 4th deadline:

  • Company or individual name
  • Number of entries
  • Format, display, and dimensions of each entry
  • Format: Digital or Print
  • Display: This is entirely up to you, but let us know your plan.
    • Printed pieces can be fully mocked up, printed and mounted on foamcore, or just printed (it’s your work; you can crop if you want to).
    • Digital pieces can be displayed on your chosen technology (bring-your-own-technology). Suggested displays include laptop or iPad. We also suggest playing videos on a loop.
  • Dimensions: Include approximate size of technology or final size of your intended display piece.
  • Note whether photographs of work are allowed. We’ll be sure to arrange the room to cluster entries and hang signs around work that cannot be photographed.

Note: you may remove client logos and replace content with Lorem Ipsum if preferable.

The deadline and details requested for your submissions are intended to give us a chance to ensure that we have enough space to display everything and can plan the room arrangement accordingly.

Do I have to attend to submit?

No. We’d love to have you attend, but if you can’t make it and still want to share your work, simply make arrangements by emailing us.

Admission includes light appetizers (served from 6pm-7pm) and two drink tickets.

Advance Member Ticket: FREE
Advance Nonmember Ticket: $6
At-the-door Ticket (Member and Nonmember): $15 No longer available.

In order to take advantage of our free and discount ticket pricing you must register in advance. Advance registration will close Friday, April 28 at 11:59pm. Tickets purchased at the door will be cash only (no check, credit, or debit).

Please note, because this is a fundraiser, all ticket purchases are considered a donation and there will be no refunds unless the event has been cancelled.


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