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 Travel

Between finding time and high prices, it can be hard to travel to some of the most interesting places in the world. For those who wish they could travel the globe but can’t, these nominees have explored some of the world’s most fascinating places, letting their audience tag along for the ride.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition in this space, you can enter the Travel & Tourism category in our brand competition.


TJ Lee “make[s] videos and eat a lot,” feasting her way across the globe. From sushi donuts and $24K gold chicken wings in NY TJ is virtually serving up sensations to “adventurers with a big appetite.” Her food-inspired travel vlogs brought the Taiwanese-American digital nomad to prominence on YouTube channel with 235K+ subscribers.The former tech…
Christian LeBlanc wants you to help him “get lost.” Trading corporate life for wanderlust, the daily travel vlogger behind Lost LeBlanc has jet set his way into his dream job. Exploring some of the most beautiful places on earth, Christian showcases and story-tells through visually rich vlogs. From “Billionaire for a week—Dubai’s Most Luxurious” t…
“I got 99 bikinis but I can’t choose one.” Adventurer Marisa Hampe is a “girl of the sea,” and a Berlin-based blogger that has captivated the internet with fluid and fairytale-inspired visual storytelling from Java to Jamaica. Launching her channel in 2015, the visual communication arts student has earned 125K+ followers with her exotic photologs …
Noticing Africa’s “lack of accurate representation” in the travel and tourism communities, Cameroonian-American travel star Lee Litumbe is leading the charge for more Africans to tell Africa’s story. Quitting her corporate job to reconnect with her birthplace, Lee is quickly inspiring a growing community who want to discover her home wonders. Eage…
Sailing La Vagabonde
Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu go wherever the wind takes them, as they traverse the globe via sailboat. Despite their phenom status, the duo began their water world adventure with next to nothing for sailing experience. The couple’s learn-as-you-go adventures documented via YouTube channel “Sailing La Vagabonde” have now amas…


Travel and lifestyle influencers Kristen Sarah and Siya Zarrabi are fostering their YouTube channel as a means to educate and inspire fellow travelers. Their unique coupling of global explorations met with tiny house/RV minimalist living offers progressive lifestyle alternatives for a wanderlust generation. With ongoing series on food porn, destination guid…
Outdoor adventurist and Merrell brand ambassador Nicole Brown is helping to empower women through hiking and recreation. Diagnosed at young age with lupus and a rare progressive anemia, Nicole vowed to live her life outside of the illness. Nicole’s liberating travels inspired her to empower others through camaraderie, storytelling and nature. Fostering the …
Traversing 20 countries in 18 months, photographer and blogger James Relf-Dyer has been capturing the continents and became a social media star on the way. Documenting his travels via his blog and social channels, the London-based visual storyteller blends iconic dreamscape photography with travelogue prose. James has captured landscapes from all over the w…
From teacher abroad to Travel Channel host, Jamaican-Canadian Oneida Raymond is a self-made celebrity. Oneika’s unique background as a writer, educator and seasoned global traveler who quickly amassed a formidable 70K+ following on her Instagram. Seeking to “demystify travel for oft-marginalized groups in a disarming manner” Oneika maintains a dedicated “Tr…
Johnny Ward is a true rags to riches story, as a digital nomad that went from broke to blogging millionaire by visiting “every country in the world.” His CNN-described “millionaire-on-the-go” succes met with an artistic eye, Johnny invites his 100K+ Instagram and 110K+ Facebook following along on his blogged and photo-captured travels. From digital entrepre…
Travel and lifestyle vlogger Raya Encheva lived a fully nomadic life for four years with only carry-on belongings. The Bulgarian-born adventurer has been documenting her way across the globe, amassing unforgettable experiences and an Instagram following of 195K+. Raya’s candor about adventure’s imperfections is met with personal insecurity reflections, self…

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.