12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

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.

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards

SpongeBob Fry Cook Games IRL

Finalist in Instagram Video

Audience Honor in Instagram Video

About this entry

Leading up to the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants in 2019, the foremost objective has been to stoke fan affinity for the long-running series by leaning into the most iconic and beloved moments. The team has also been tasked with finding new ways to make the seen-many-times-over clips feel new again and to increase video views.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The Fry Cook Games is one of the most memorable episodes of all time. We combined the audience's love for that clip with the Instagram trend of IRL objects. The use of the split screen allows for multiple viewings, as users want to see each scene unfold on each side of the video. Shot in house by our creative production team, the low-budget yet highly effective execution speaks directly to the intimate nature of the Instagram platform.


The Fry Cook Games IRL video is now the most-viewed video on the @spongebob account with over 2.6M views. In fact, it hit 25x the account's video view benchmarks.


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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, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

the 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.