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 Best in Art

No longer do artists have to exhibit their art in a museum to have their work be seen by the masses. Instagram and YouTube, in particular, have become incredibly useful platforms to showcase art - if you know how to leverage them. These artists are not only creating stunning work, but managing to engage a worldwide audience as well.


Sha'an d'Anthes
Certain of her path as an artist as soon as she could hold a crayon, Sydney-based creative Sha’an D’anthes has drawn out her own path to success. Popularized via Instagram and YouTube, she showcases her illustrative talent and watercolor mastery to over 200K fans. Acclaimed for colorful and uplifting imagery of endearing animal caricatures and cha…
With “colorful design + inspirational quotes for the visually passionate and emotionally confused,” NY-based graphic designer Tessa Forrest is a master at empowered word art. A visit to her Instagram page results in a colorful and stylized feast for the eyes, with philosophical and positivity-fueled quotes by spiritual gurus strengthened through v…
Tatsuya Tanaka
Japanese artist, author and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka shows us the beauty in little things. By combining common objects with an immense library of tiny plastic figurines, Tatsuya uplifts and stuns his audiences with everyday, relatable scenes depicted from a small perspective. From a tiny Roman Colosseum scene in a tart shell to a transporting b…
Yeah It's Chill
Longing for more creativity in her adult life, Christine Rai turned to Instagram for an artistic outlet. Her doodles draw upon everyday torments and feelings told from the perspective of her Lizzie McGuire-inspired caricature “Krysteen.” This page tackles bad tan lines and body hair with empowerment and pride, serving as a forum to showcase honest…
Self-proclaimed “artist, anxious person” Kate Allan brings positivity to her fans through cute animals, bright colors and motivational quotes. The illustrator has made a name for herself while helping her own and others' emotional struggles through vibrantly designed, mental health affirmative art therapy. Kate uplifts and opens up to her close to…


Dante Dentoni
Dante Dentoni’s Instagram moniker “I create art in difficult places” is an understatement. Well-known for imbedding Lego art into walls, beams and ceilings, the Miami-based artist’s work has achieved international recognition, including recent features by Business Insider, Bored Panda and Daily Mail UK for installing Lego art into the homes of celebrities l…
Felipe Pantone
Self-described as a “child of the internet,” Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone has made an internationally recognized career out of his technologically influenced youth. His trademark aesthetic, described by Forbes in 2018 as “Digi-Meets-Blade Runner Artwork,” is marked by futurist abstractions with pixelated bold colors offset by black and white ge…
Liana Finck
New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck finds catharsis in Instagram. The critically-acclaimed artist known for her line-drawn comics, raw simplicity, unsteadiness and wit shares her existential anxieties through pen and paper to a devoted Instagram audience of 200K+. Knowing her fans love her work, she offers up the rare chance for her followers to tattoo the ca…
Ruby Silvious
While many find inspiration in reading tea leaves, artist Ruby Silvious finds inspiration in painting tea bags. Seeing creative opportunity in the uncommon and a blank canvas in a Lipton bag, Ruby challenged herself to a daily tea bag art creation over the course of one year, resulting in a project that became an international sensation. Ruby’s work has bee…
Thomas Romain
Animation creator, designer and illustrator Thomas Romain has turned anime into a family affair. The Japan-based co-creator of Code Lyoko and Oban Star-Racers has achieved viral success in collaborative art with sons Ryunosuke and Itsuki, turning his sons’ doodles into incredible anime illustrations. Giving his sons complete creative control to draw whateve…
Tyler Spangler
Digital artist Tyler Spangler credits social media for his immense success. An art school dropout turned Instagram celeb, Forbes-described his style as “psychedelic stream of consciousness,” fostering an incredible career for himself through his viral pop-art. Proclaiming “if it weren’t for Tumblr and Instagram I wouldn’t have any recognition at all,” Tyler…

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.