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 Meme/Parody Account

We are lucky to be alive during the golden age of memes. It’s undeniable - they’re everywhere. These creators are responsible for that. These meme/parody accounts have created some of the most viral and shared content this year.

If you’re a brand contributing to meme culture, consider entering your work in the Best use of a meme category.


Out of a desirous rebellion in art school to create “something really, really ugly,” graphic designer and social media producer Cat Frazier turned to the GeoCities graphic styles of her youth for inspiration, creating blazingly tacky 3D text GIFs. Employing tacky imagery with often crass or dark humor, earned her 105K+ Instagram followers and an e…
Say that all at once you discovered there was no God, no Santa Claus and no hope for civilization at the exact moment you bite into a juicy Arby’s sandwich. That, in a nutshell, characterizes the viral phenom and brilliantly clever Twitter feed where futility meets fast food and meaningless existence is pondered over horsey sauce. Casting tweets f…
What would it be like if Seinfeld were still on tv? It’s this question that was at Jason Richards' heart when he created the vastly popular multi-platform parody. Reimagining Seinfeld through today’s pop culture, the account is filled with bizarre mash-ups from a Seinfeld-headlined Coachella, and “Pope Your Enthusiasm” viral video starring Pope Fr…
With dusty neon and retro-stylized imagery looking like it was lifted from an 80s metal lunchbox, this hysterical meme sensation is an embodiment of our mash-up media world. Fueled by vintage Camel cig stylings, crude commentary, bizarre retro gems including a Beau Bridges Ham Radio Simulator and “Uncle Gary Out On Bail” faux vinyl label, it’s alm…
“It’s a meme page, it’s a page that brightens people’s days, it’s everything and nothing, the door between now and then. It is... Chris Pratt Daily,” this page is a viral sensation consisting of one ingredient: one single picture of Chris Pratt. The same slightly-blurry image of the actor posted every single time to nearly 10K followers earns its …


On days when you’re simply over it, this Instagram viral sensation has your back. In a hilarious and too true blend of daily troubles and feels wrapped into one gram, the “classy, sassy and a bit smart assy” feed is uplifting its rapidly growing with 430K+ followers. In its trademark post style, screen grabs of online memes and tweets are met with witty, ex…
Cartoonist and writer Ben Ward launched a career off a Milkshake Duck’s back. Known for his absurdist political and pop-infused Twitter parodies subsequently fostered a cultural metaphor and new addition to the English language lexicon. Ben pens and crudely parodies faux-downtrodden icons including the Monopoly man and Garfield’s Jim Davis, with a 2018 #get…
Proving that a Renaissance Man can have a bawdy side, David III is a rising Instagram star, saturating the network with incredible memes. Often employing pop-retro visuals, classic movie posters and Americana icons, David puts his unique spin on commercialism, media tropes, and politics through sarcasm paired with millennial-nostalgic visuals. His increasin…
Giving you “somewhere to go, when you’re feeling low,” the Instagram account literally offers fans roads to recovery by showing the world’s most depressing place names. Setting out to “spread sadness worldwide” on Instagram in 2015, graphic designer and photographer Damien Rudd has rapidly grown an Insta-following close to 100K. Each post revealing an unhap…
An OG of the social meme repost craze, George Resch is now a prolific content creator of his own. His Insta-famous account, a marriage of viral memes and comedic quips stemming from his self-proclaimed “chubby kid” sense of humor has seen an evolution from meme mockups and shirtless bodybuilding selfie posts to the politically-charged. Now with nearly 2M In…
Featuring “only the crème de la crème,” this anti-design account sources and reposts all bad art, furniture, clothes, accessories and designs found on the interwebs. Created out of an ugly design competition in 2013 between Swiss founders Jonas Nyffenegger and Sebastien Mathys, the resulting Instagram account with close to 220K+ followers, that is a non-sto…

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.