9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

Voting & Entries for Influencers, Brands and Organizations are now closed! Stay tuned for finalist announcements.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Activism

There are so many good causes to fight for, but every one of them needs someone to speak out so that others can join in and help. Our nominees have used Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and other platforms to stand up for their beliefs, create awareness of important issues, and effect positive change in the world around them.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best Social Good Campaign Shorty Award.
Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is more than just a plus-size model, she’s a body activist empowering her millions of social media followers and women all over the globe to love themselves no matter what size they are. ...
Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben is the environmentalist that the world needs right now, working on the front lines of the war against global warming. As the founder of 350.org, he’s building a global climate movement. T...
Dustin Lance Black
When he’s not busy screenwriting, directing, winning an Academy Award, or traveling the world with celebrity diver and fiancé Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black is activating for the rights of his LGBTQ+ co...
Jazz Jennings
As Jazz Jennings says, “I’m trans & proud, but ya’ll already knew that!” At 16, Jazz is one of the youngest transgender figures in the public eye, working as a YouTube star, model, and LGBTQ+ activist....
Jesse WIlliams
Jesse Williams isn’t just another good looking face on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and doesn’t just play a civil rights activist in the movies. He is a voice for the disenfranchised black community, using his...
Johnetta Elzie
Johnetta Elzie is an African-American civil rights activist, and a strong voice of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Netta joined up and helped map police...
Leonardo DiCaprio
When he’s not walking the red carpet, Leonardo DiCaprio is fighting against climate change through meetings with POTUS, UN addresses, and influential documentaries. After winning an Oscar this year for...
Mariame Kaba
Mariame Kaba, aka @prisonculture on her popular Twitter feed, isn’t afraid to stand up for her rights and the rights of all of those who are oppressed and discriminated against in American society. As ...
Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell has one of the most impressive political activist resumes around. He’s been fighting for human rights for 50 years, with no end in sight. He tells his 70K Twitter followers, “Don’t accep...
Shailene Woodley
She might walk the red carpet and appear at Fashion Week, but Shailene Woodley is no average Hollywood “it” girl. Shailene believes in using her star power for the greater good, this year speaking out ...
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is one of the most powerful female black voices out there today. She is the Head of Black Community Engagement at Google and the co-founder and CEO of Women in Entertainment ...
Zellie Imani
It’s hard to fit Zellie Imani into a box, as his advocacy takes so many different forms. He crusades from the classroom, from his blog, and from Twitter, using powerful words and striking images of the...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held in April 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.