11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. Entries close and voting ends on February 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

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.

Best in Sports

Sports are a cornerstone of society; every culture has a favorite sport. As new athletes enter different arenas each year, social media becomes an increasing part of how these stars connect with their fans. Whether it’s sharing their latest workout, an in-game pic, or an off-field project, these athletes are logged on for their fans.

If you’ve worked with a great athlete for a social media project enter the Best Use of Social Media for Sports Shorty Award.
Adam Rippon
The Scranton-native gracefully slid into the hearts of the millions of people who tuned in for the 2018 Winter Olympics through his elegant figure skating and courage in standing up for the LGBTQ+ comm...
Aly Raisman
The two time Olympian initially made her mark as one of the world’s best gymnasts, but recently has been making headlines for her part in the Me Too movement. The winner of three gold medals vaulted he...
David Ortiz
Throughout his 20 year MLB career, David “Big Papi” Ortiz was one of the most beloved players. After an incredible career that including three World Series championships that ended in 2016, Big Papi no...
Joel Embiid
Fans of the Philadelphia 76ers trusted the process and the result of that long, sometimes painful era wait was Joel Embiid. The seven foot tall 24 year old from Cameroon has taken the hoops world by st...
JuJu Smith-Schuster
JuJu Smith-Schuster proved the success of his rookie season was more than beginner’s luck as the NFL sophomore proved to be one of the NFL’s most consistently productive wide receivers. On the field wi...
Mo'ne Davis
2014 Little League World Series breakout star Mon’e Davis was back in 2018, continuing to impress the world through her determination and vision. Since stunning the world on the diamond Mon’e has spent...
Naomi Osaka
Despite her candid, shy and funny personality off the court, Japan’s Naomi Osaka is one of the most fierce tennis players on the tour. At just 20 years old, Naomi stunned the world at the 2018 US Open,...
Pat McAfee
Few positions get less recognition in professional football than the punter. But if there were more people like Pat McAfee, that might be different. Known throughout his career for his big personality,...
Saina Nehwal
One of the world’s fiercest badminton athletes, few have been able to dominate social media and the court as much as Saina Nehwal. The 28-year old Indian breakout star has won Olympic bronze medals and...
Shaquem Griffin
The Seattle Seahawks shocked the football world in 2018 when they chose Shaquem Griffin in the 5th round of the draft. Recipient of the 2019 NCAA Inspiration Award, Shaquem initially gained attention f...
Shawn Johnson East
Shawn Johnson East has had quite the second career. Despite facing injuries that forced an early retirement for the Olympic gold medal winner, the now 27 year old who won Season eight of Dancing with t...
Shib Sibs
Few figure skaters capture the world’s heart like the Alex and Maia Shibutani, the duo from Boston who captured two bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics for ice dancing. But their brilliance exten...

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 Final Entry Deadline is February 21st, 2019