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 Education

Knowing that social media can be the best way to get a message across to people all over the world, these nominees used that power to educate their audiences. Whether it’s traditional science lessons or financial planning, random facts or how to build a fire with sticks, these creators showed an extraordinary ability to educate and entertain.

Are you a brand or agency wanting to be recognized for your work in this field? Enter for Best In Education for Brands & Organizations.


Five Foot One Teacher
A survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Brittany Sinitch is fostering hope and change through social media. After her world was turned upside down in February 2018, the educator’s classroom that was once her “favorite place in the world” became a crime scene she never wanted to revisit. She set upon a path to inspire through uplifting…
Mark Rober
Former NASA engineer and YouTube phenom Mark Rober is making science the life of the party. Growing by 3M+ subscribers to cross the 5M mark in 2018, Mark’s mind-blowing videos bring a whole new level of cool through mad scientist ingenuity. Mark ended the year on a high note, posting “Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap,” a video that earned him 5…
Physics Girl
Farmer turned physicist Dianna Cowern is bringing science inspiration “to every atom and eve.” The MIT physics alum, Harvard astrophysics fellow and former GE software engineer is best known as YouTube’s “Physics Girl,” with over 1M subscribers and 80M+ views. Dianna explores questions of the universe like “should you go to Mars?” and “What stretc…
Sam O'Nella Academy
“Hey, it's that stick figure from YouTube.” Featuring random facts explained through personality-rich yet primitively digital drawings, the Sam O’Nella Academy dishes the most random of facts, musings and myth debunkings to it’s 1M+ subscribers. From “Historical Misconceptions For You to Bring Up during Family Dinner,” to the psychotic undertaking…
Stan Prokopenko
Working with the mentality, “if you’re having fun and enjoying the learning process, you learn better,” YouTube instructor with a classroom of 1M+, Stan Prokopenko is a must-follow for aspiring artists. Known for his command of light, form and realistic portraiture, Stan began his art instructional channel “Proko” in 2012 as a means to educate bey…


Be Kind Rewind
Fostered from her passion for watching classic cinema “all day every day,” Isabel Custodio debuted her first “Be Kind Rewind” video in 2018. Amassing close to 3M views and 35K+ subscribers in a little over one year, this rapidly popular video series is educating followers on Hollywood’s leading ladies. Isabel’s non-sensationalized narrative reveals how wome…
Cody's Lab
Meet Cody Don Reeder, the backyard scientist and viral YouTuber behind Cody’sLab, the channel with 200M+ YouTube views and nearly 2M subscribers. Cody uploads a myriad of science experiments and hypotheses attempts, from drinking toxic chemicals to extracting jet fuel from gumweed. His most popular video of the year was “Metal Refining & Recovery, Episode 2…
Early EDventures
Proclaimed cheese hater and 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Shelley Coates is quickly rising to the top of her class social sphere. Launching her “Early EDventures” late in 2017 this YouTuber is documenting her teaching journey and supporting colleagues, amassing 50K+ channel views and 11K+ Instagram followers. Shelley transforms and instructs, coaching and designin…
Kaptain Kristian
Following a year’s hiatus, the beloved pop media studies vlogger Kristian Williams aka Kaptain Kristian returned to YouTube in 2018 with cinematic force. His absence mourned on Reddit and beyond, the “professional appreciator” is back to delivering fascinating backstory explorations of the most iconic influencers to his 500K+ YouTube and 35K+ Twitter follow…
Parker Walbeck
Filmmaker, educator and tech guru Parker Walbeck is living his dream as a full time filmmaker who helps aspiring creators to turn their passions “into a 6 figure job.” Growing his reach through high profile collab, the globetrotting videographer and founder of the Full Time Filmmaker online film school has amassed close over 520K subscribers on his YouTube …
The Backyard Scientist
He’s like “like Bill Nye, MythBusters and Jackass all rolled into one.” Famous for his dangerous experiments, Kevin Kohler aka “The Backyard Scientist” is taking risks in the name of science “so you don’t have to.” His explosion-happy Anarchist Cookbook vlogs like “6 Dangerous Ways to Cook an Egg,” earned him a massive YouTube channel following of nearly 4M…

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.

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