AAF District 8 Gold

Aaron C. Packard’s photographic work earned a gold award from the 2022 American Advertising Awards (ADDY®) in District 8. Aaron created dramatic and innovative photographic work of ballistics gel with premium ammunition. His stark photography was created with Rapid City advertising agency Jackalope for the 2022 Black Hills Ammunition (BHA) Brand Campaign. 

BHA catalog front and back cover
BHA catalog interior spread

The ADDY Awards is the largest advertising competition in the United States. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the oldest advertising trade association in the county, and it is divided into 15 districts. AAF District 8 includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Packard’s District 8 Gold ADDY is a distinguished honor, and he will advance to the national competition. According to the AAF, “A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category.” In February this year, Packard with Jackalope earned numerous Gold ADDY awards at the local AAF Black Hill’s American Advertising Awards competition, which is what made the work eligible to compete at the district level. The final tier is the national competition at the AAF National Conference in June. 

The award-winning photographs for the BHA Brand Campaign are dramatic images of bullets logged in ballistics gel, colloquially known as “jello shots.” To create these innovative photos, Aaron Packard first had to invent a light table to illuminate the ballistics gel while supporting up to fifty pounds of weight. He then made extremely high resolution images of the gel blocks, and he created stunning cool-colored compositions that would make the opening to any James Bond movie jealous.

Packard stated, “Black Hills Ammunition has a very handcrafted approach to the development and manufacturing of their products. Through our creative ideas for the advertising and catalog photography, we try to find ways of really speaking to that idea – creating visual pieces that emulate that concept.”

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